1 Cheng Siu Wai Hong Kong
Aquarium Size – W300 x D66 x H84 cm
Title – Mount.Donha
Aquatic Plants – Anubias barteri var. nana”Petite”, Pellia endiviifolia, Vesicularia sp., Eleocharis acicularis
Fish & Invertebrates – Paracheirodon axelrodi, Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi, Otocinclus sp., Crossocheilus siamensis, Neocaridina sp.
This year’s Grand Prize Winner is an Iwagumi layout, which uses hair grass and willow moss tactfully and expresses a unique world view. The color and texture of the stone is quite tasteful. The layout is highlighted by the arrangement of the materials with a fine attention to detail. The limiting of the variety of aquatic plants gives the layout a monotone green appearance which aids in the success of this layout. The choice of fish – Cardinal tetra swimming around a large 3 meter panoramic tank, matches the entire composition well. Many judges graded this composition highly, deducting few points allowing this composition to win the first prize.
2 Yutaka Kanno Japan
Title - Beyond the Silence
Aquarium Size – W120 x D45 x H45 cm
Aquatic Plants – Fantinalis antipyretica, Eleochalis vivipara, Glossostigma elatinoides, Hemianthus calltrichoides”cuba”,
Vesicularia sp., Microsorium pteropus var.
Fish & Invertebrates – Paracheirodon axelrodi, Crossocheilus siamensis, Genus Neocaridina, Caridina japonica
The creator tactfully arranges slender pieces of driftwood and makes use of them within the layout. The present of Eleocharis vivipara in the background is visually effective and balanced well. We observe the highlights of the layout in the limited use of colors through stemmed plants and the dynamic application of slender driftwood. The use of moss in the layout contrasts the mossy wood with the barren wood nicely.
3 Hsu Yun Lin Taiwan
Aquarium Size - W127 x D60 x H60 cm
Title – Passing Season
Aquatic Plants – Cratoneuron filicinum, Vesicularia sp., Sasaokaea aomoriensis, Eleocharis minima kunth., Echinodorus tenellus, Juncus repens Michx., Glossostigma Elatinoides, Eleochalis acicularis, Ludwigia repens J.R.Forst.
Fish & Invertebrates - Nematobrycon palmeri var., Paracheirodon simulans
The imagery of driftwood covered with moss resembling a pine tree demonstrates originality makes this layout quite unique. Not only is this layout impressive due to original and unique imagery, it also displays distinct angle and positioning of driftwood within the aquascape. The creator brings out his highly skilled layout technique with a dynamic quality of the composition and detailed use and positioning of the moss. We see a unique quality within the layout influenced by Taiwanese culture.
4 Cliff Hui Hong Kong
Aquarium Size – W90 x D45 x H45 cm
Title – Destiny
Aquatic Plants - Elatine triandra Schk., Glossostigma elatinoides, Hemiathus micranthemoides, Eleocharis acicularis, Eleocharis minima Kunth, Liaeopsis novae zelandiae, Microsoienium tenerum Griff, Vesicularia sp., Hypnum plumaeforme Wils
Fish & Invertebrates – Petitella georgiae, Nannostomus nitidus, Otocinclus macrospilus, Caridina japonica, Caridina cf. serrata(blue tiger)
In this layout, the creator’s layout technique is notable. The combination of dynamic driftwood and stone on both sides is exquisite, and the opening in the center is very effective and successfully promotes perspective created between the foreground and background. Exposing the skin of the driftwood stretching out from Glossostigma is also visually striking. The layout composition as a whole is well balanced.
5 Long Tran Hoang Vietnam
Aquarium Size – W220 x D60 x H65 cm
Title - Tranquility Place
Aquatic Plants - Hemianthus micranthemoides, Rotala sp. ‚Colorata’, Micranthemum umbrosum, Glossostigma elatinoides, Eleocharis parvula, Didiplis diandra, Ranunculus Inundatus, Fissidens sp., Java fern sp.
Fish & Invertebrates - Sawbwa resplendens, Parambassis ranga, Neocaridina heteropoda var. red
Simplicity of the composition is highly recognized in this layout. The creator has organized the layout well, even though composing a panoramic layout is challenging. Yet, he could achieve better compositional balance if the stemmed plants on the left grow a little more and add volume to the layout. What we see in this layout is a sense of sincerity without distraction.