Every year, the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest receives a variety of skillful layouts from all over the world. Once again, we look forward to your submission of the best layout this year. One of the key points of planted aquarium is aquatic plants which have grown healthily and beautifully and also absence of noticeable algae. This is a basic yet very important factor. We hope to see your layout featuring attractive aquatic plants.

Closing Date for Application

The application must reach us no later than May 31, 2014 (JST)


Freshwater planted aquarium (terrarium, marine aquarium cannot be applied)
* In case of open type aquarium, only underwater part is subject of grading.


  • Both professionals and amateurs can participate in this Contest. Only the work created by the entrant (individual) is accepted (there is no restriction in aquarium tank size).
  • Each entrant may submit only one piece of work.

* Reuse of similar motif that has been demonstrated in any work formerly submitted to this Contest (including use of the same composition materials, rearrangement of any past layout through mere change of plants and reversal of any past layout) is subject to point deductions.
* A layout remarkably resembling any of the past top winning entries is subject to point deductions.
* Entered photograph must have been taken within one year prior to submission.
* Use of houseplant, marginal plant or other plants which hardly survive in water and/or use of layout materials which have difficulties in maintaining for a long time is subject to point deductions.
* Any entry which can disgrace this Contest is subject to disqualification. * Entry must be a picture of the entire aquarium that has been taken from the front side (pictures taken from other angles and/or showing only a part of the aquarium are subject to point deductions).
* The copyright of entries belongs to Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd. Use of any entry for advertisement and/or publication purposes without consent of Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd. is strictly prohibited. Entry disclosed on internet and/or magazine without consent of Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd. shall be disqualified from this Contest.
* Private disclosure of entry and publishing of entry on any magazine or other publications must take place only after the official disclosure by Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.
* Entry that has violated the terms and conditions of this Contest is subject to disqualification, before and after the determination of the world ranking.

Entry Fee

No Entry fee

Submission Rules

  • Entrants must submit image data created with a compact digital camera, digital single lens reflex camera or others. Any image data captured with a cell phone or smart phone is not accepted.
  • Image data file to be submitted must be in JPEG format (RAW data is not accepted).
  • Image data must not be processed by way of trimming, reversal and retouching, etc. Do not delete Exif information.
  • Use entry form on the official IAPLC website (http://en.iaplc.com) for entry. Online entry process is very simple – just fill in the form and attach your image data.
  • If the image data is resized for submission, the original image data must be retained. The original data is required for top-winning entries.

Application (one of below)

Digital data / Online application

  • Use 4.0 mega pixels or higher resolution digital camera, SLR digital camera and take a photograph with high resolution mode. Images taken with mobile phone cannot be accepted.
  • Only images in JPEG format is accepted (RAW data cannot be accepted).
  • Do not make any image processing such as trimming or retouch. Please do not delete Exif information.
  • Online application is available at the official website of the IAPLC. Online application can be completed easily by providing required information and specifying the attaching data.

Color Reversal Film

  • Any film size is accepted.
  • Put the film in a mount, and write your name on the mount.
  • Send the mounted film and application form (photocopy accepted) together.

Photo Print

  • Print in 2L size (127×178mm) and up (photocopy not accepted).
  • Write your name on the back of the print.
  • Send the print and application form (photocopy accepted) together.

Common Notes

  • The picture of the layout can be taken by any person other than the creator of the layout.
  • Entry must be made under the name of the creator of the layout. Entry that is made under a false name or any name other than the creator’s (including the name of a family member or acquaintance) shall be disqualified.
  • Entrant who provides any inaccurate or insufficient information for entry and/or registration may not be able to participate in the Contest.
  • Submitted photographs/data files will not be returned.
  • Refer to the official IAPLC website for the entry using color reversal film or printed photograph.

Application Submission / inquiry

E-mail: support@iaplc.com
The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest Steering Committee
8554-1 Urushiyama, Nishikan-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata, 953-0054 JAPAN
PHONE: +81-256-72-6666

Contest Prize

Prize Number Prize money Premiums
Grand Prize
Certificate, Metal Plate
Gold Prize
Certificate, Metal Plate
Silver Prize
Certificate, Metal Plate
Bronze Prize
Certificate, Metal Plate
Honor Prize
Certificate, Metal Plate
Winning Work
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