These aquarius are certainly the most unusual you have ever seen and it is no coincidence as they are designed by the entrants of the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC). The contestants have done their best to transform their acuarius into a piece of art, designing it for years and carefully placing every object using only natural elements.
The art of aquascaping is a quite recent craft that initiated in the 90s by Japanese wildlife photographer Takashi Amano. The annual IAPLC competition has flourished with the 2015 contest seeing 2,545 entries from 69 countries. Japan, China, Brazil, and France dominate the top finalist spots (only 13 entries were from the United States). Finalists were announced in September.
The scoring of each aquarium is based on a combination of six criteria: the recreation of natural habitat for fish; the creator’s technical skills; the long-term maintenance of the habitat; the originality and impression of the layout; presentation of natural layout; and the overall composition and planting ‘balance’. Reconfiguring elements from their own past entries, stealing ideas from others, and using plants that may not last long-term in the environment presented are some of the things that are prohibited in the competion.
This year’s grand prize winner was Takayuki Fukada from Japan with his aquarium titled Longing. All images courtesy IAPLC and AquaA3.