Contest Jury Members

IAPLC jury members are selected from several different areas of the world for fair and impartial evaluation. Furthermore, the contest jury consists of not only professional aquascapers but also those who have experience and career in the area of aquatic plants and aquarium hobby, including researchers in academia and magazine editors, in order to avoid influence of individual’s likes and tastes over the contest result. IAPLC holds the policy to make evaluations from diverse points of view.

Mitsuo Yamasaki / JAPAN

山﨑 美津夫/日本

Mr.Yamasaki represents Yamasaki Suisoen Co., Ltd. He has visited 27 countries in the world, and conducted the field research of aquatic plants, and he is a leading pioneer of the aquatic plants in Japan. He made a great contribution in the planted aquarium hobby by introducing many aquatic plants through his book, “The World of Aquatic Plants.” He is also a regular contributing writer for AQUA JOURNAL, and his essay written with a profound knowledge on the planted aquarium got a favorable review from readers.

Hiroshi Yamada / JAPAN

山田 洋/日本

Mr.Yamada is the director-general of Guppy Co., Ltd. While operating aquarium shop, he has authored many books about aquatic plants and aquarium hobby including “Encyclopedia of aquatic plants.” Based on his scientific point of view, he has introduced many research results, and know-how to the planted aquarium hobbyists.

Hajime Ozaki / JAPAN

尾崎 初/日本

Mr. Ozaki represents Penguin Village Co., Ltd. His aquarium shop is known as one of the best aquarium stores in Japan, with a refined store design, and interior design sense of the planted aquarium layouts. In collaboration with various companies, he is proposing “the lifestyle with a planted aquarium layout.”

Sergei M. Kochetov / RUSSIA

Dr.Kochetov is a former contributing editor of Russian aquarium magazine, Аквариум. He is introducing the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest to the world's planted aquarium hobbyists through his internet site, www.kochetov.info. As an ichthyologist, he has joined many field research of freshwater environment throughout Russia, including Lake Baikal.

Yu-Fa Huang / TAIWAN

黄 裕發/台湾

Mr. Huang represents Easy Trading Co., Ltd. Mr. Huang constructed planted aquarium show room in Taipei, and introduced the Nature Aquarium philosophy. Since its opening, he has organized the event, introducing the new aquatic plants to Taiwan planted aquarium hobbyists.

Seong Soo Han / KOREA

韓 聖洙/韓国

Mr. Han is managing director of Songwon Trading. He empathized with Nature Aquarium and introduced its concept and philosophy for the first time in Korea. He has a profound knowledge in plants in general including alpine plants, and actively working on research of aquatic plants in his greenhouse.

David Boruchowitz / U.S.A.

Former editor-in-chief of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine - which is distributed in more than 90 countries around the world. He has been an aquarist for 60 years and also authored more than 20 books about ornamental fish and the aquarium hobby.

Frantisek Kolin / CZECH REPUBLIC

Mr. Kolin is chief editor of Czech aquarium magazine, "Akvarium Zive". He is president of Czechoslovakia Nature Aquarium Club, and organizing special event in Prague, Skalare Championship and Aqua Festival.

Karen Randall / U.S.A.

Ms. Randall has traveled to South and Central America and Thailand as well as the southern part of the U.S. to study aquatic plants and biotopes in the wild. In Brazil she has assisted with Project Piaba, a conservation program in the Amazon centered on the aquarium fish trade.

Fang Xiao / CHINA


Ms. Xiao concurrently serves as Head of National Fisheries Technical Extension Center, Secretary General of China Society of Fisheries and Executive Director of China Fisheries Magazine.  She has been engaged in various fisheries management issues for years.  Ms. Xiao also helps promote the planted aquarium hobby as part of her commitment to encourage future development of the aquarium hobby in China.

Friedrich Bitter / GERMANY

CEO, Bitter Exotics – the wholesale business of freshwater organisms, mainly invertebrates, killifish and Cichlids. He is a frequent writer of articles for international magazines of nature and biology, such as “AMAZONAS” and “BUGS” etc. besides his own books. Mr. Bitter also runs the Europe’s largest internet forum for freshwater organisms called “GARNELENFORUM”, which has about 30,000 memberships.

Armando Miguel Alves / BRAZIL

Mr. Alves has been the executive editor of "aqua magazine", which is the major Brazilian aquarium magazine. The magazine's composition receives a great reputation for not only the technical contents of the aquarium hobby but also the creative words and portrayals enriching the magazine.

Philippe Chevoleau / FRANCE

Mr. Chevoleau is chief editor of French aquarium magazine, "AquaMag", and the garden pond magazine, "Bassins de Jardin".He has engaged in editing of aquarium magazines since 1995 and written articles mostly fish keeping and breeding. And his reports of the IAPLC raised French hobbyists’ interest to the planted aquarium.

Rolf Dennison / SOUTH AFRICA

The managing director of the magazine, “The Fishkeeper” - Mr. Dennison grew up on a tropical fish breeding farm that his parents used to own. In 2007 he established Dennison Publishing, which eventually published South Africa’s only magazine for the marine and freshwater aquarist aquarists. He has been passionately involved in introducing the fascinating tropical fishes and aquatic plants in South Africa.

S.K. Unnikrishnan / INDIA

Professional aquatic plant grower and technical expert - Dr. Unnikrishnan, after being awarded PhD on Plant Biotechnology, joined Oriental Aquarium Pte Ltd, which is an aquatic plants farm in Singapore, as a research officer. Currently he is involved in production of aquarium plants by employing advanced green house technology and tissue culture techniques. He makes a contribution to supply aquatic plants in India.