Judging Criteria

IAPLC Judging Criteria

For the parameters in the judging criteria, a focus is placed on “Recreation of fish habitat” which is deeply associated with the origin of planted aquarium.

These judging criteria do not limit the scope of layout expression of contestants. Their objective is to clearly define an essential feature of planted aquarium; recreating within a tank an environment conducive to fish survival.

Total Score (100 points)

* Each work is scored on “Recreation of natural habitat for fish” (50 points) and 5 other components (10 points each, total of 50 points).

① Recreation of natural habitat for fish (Maximum 50 points)

・Evaluation of layout work as healthy fish habitat

・Expression of underwater environment in layout work

・General condition of fish and aquatic plants in layout work

・Evaluation of layout work if corresponding type, size, physiology and ecology of fish

② Long-term maintenance of layout work (Maximum 10 points)

・Chance of maintaining the aquascape for a long period of time

・Screening of whether or not the expression shown in the layout photo is produced temporarily only for photographing.

③ Creator’s technical skills (Maximum 10 points)

・Evaluation of comprehensive techniques in creating and maintaining layout work

④ Originality and impression of layout work (Maximum 10 points)

・Evaluation of creator’s originality and creativity

・Perfection and attractiveness of layout work

⑤ Presentation of natural atmosphere in layout work (Maximum 10 points)

・Expression of layout work concerning natural ecosystem

・Presentation of a sense of time’s passage

・Evaluation of creator’s interpretation of nature

⑥ Overall composition and planting balance (Maximum 10 points)

・Completeness of layout composition

・Evaluation of the balance of planting

IAPLC 2018 Screening Process

Closing Date for Application: May 31, 2018 (JST)

[ Initial Screening ]

To be conducted by the contest steering committee.

The top 127 works will be selected.

[ Second Screening ]

To be conducted by the international judges.

The International judges will evaluate the works under the same conditions within
the same time frame. It is a scoring system by judging criteria, and the total score
will be calculated for each work.

*The alteration in the evaluation method will take place from the 2018 contest as following.
127 works, selected during the initial screening process, are ranked by each jury and receive ranking points. The jury evaluates his/her top 10 works according to the evaluation criteria.
The total points of each work will be calculated as the sum of the ranking points and the evaluation score.

[ Final Score ]

The Best Aquarium points are added to calculate the final total score.

The grading sheets returned from judges around the world will be tallied up.
Extra points are added to the Best Aquarium that are selected by each judge.

The World Ranking is determined

Notice of result is sent to applicants

[ World Ranking Announcement ]

To be released by video and PDF.