AGA opens aquascaping contest


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The Aquatic Gardening Association (AGA) International Aquascaping Contest has opened for entries.

Since 2000 the contest has showcased some of the world's most impressive aquascapes and is well known for introducing the latest innovations in aquascape design.

Every year sees more entries than the last with an ever-increasing standard in aquascaping skill and presentation.

The organisers anticipate another record-breaking contest this year.

Previous competitors include Jeff Senske, Mike Senske, Oliver Knott, Luis Navarro, Norbert Sabat and Justin Law (whose photos have been featured in Practical Fishkeeping magazine), amongst hundreds of other talented artists.

The panel of judges are highly respected experts and have included the likes of Takashi Amano.

Unfortunately UK participation has been very low so far.

Practical Fishkeeping contributor, George Farmer is entering this year with his 10l./3 gal. nano aquarium (shown above).

There are three main categories for entries: Aquatic Garden (small, medium, large and extra large), Biotope Aquascape and Paludarium.

Top prize is $150 for Best of Show with $100 for first place in each category, $75 for second and $50 for third.

Entry fee is $5 (approx GBP 2.50) and can be paid instantly through PayPal.

This year there is even an option for the AGA to automatically to enter aquascapes into the 2008 Aqua Design Amano (ADA) International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest.

Entries are due by 30th September 2007 and contest winners announced in November 2007.