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IAPLC 2014 Preliminary Report

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by ShadowMac, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is the entry numbers and their corresponding country for this years IAPLC contest.

    http://en.iaplc.com/results14/index.html

    Please, discuss.

    A couple things I found interesting. India seems to be a force in terms of number of entries. Many of the asian countries like China and Japan have always had substantial numbers. The hobby has really taken off in India. Why is that? What is India doing that other places might be able to model to promote the hobby? It will be interesting to see where they find themselves in the groupings. I was also a little disappointed to see only 10 entries from the US. Anyone else think there should be a greater representation from their respective countries? If so, why do you think the numbers don't align with the number of hobbyists? Are other more local contests taking precedence? Maybe aquascapers don't care to participate in contests? Why or why not?

    I'm interested to hear what the ASW community has to share on the topic.
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    1M jpy and aquamaster title omg :eek:

    Regarding india, I think is because of the economical growth they have had in the last years. They have started to shine in different areas like chess, information sciences, industry, et caetera.

    For my country it was unexpected to see 4 entries. I wish there was more. Or even have a contest in here. Maybe someday i get to organize one, who knows :p

    Factors to make this grow:
    - i think depends on the environmental culture of each country. Japan, germany, canada, sweden, finland, new zeland, australia and more, worry about their natural resources. In here not much. India has started now to do it.
    - costs. Underdeveloped countries have higher costs for almost everything and have to pay higher prices because everything is imported, we dont manufacture beyond fish food and fishes.
    - offer: in europe you are connected and can have access to suppliers like tropica. Very professional. In my country most people is unprepared, they just decided one day to sell aquarium stuff. Therefore the products are not always of good quality and the advice they provide is poor. People often quit because of that.
    - language: People that speak english can have access to better resources
    Not many speak english unfortunately.
    - publicity: i have liked aquariums since i was 8 and i heard just this year of aquaescaping and contests. Especially with 1M jpy prize! :cry:
     
  3. hamza

    hamza Aspiring Aquascaper

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    We as Indians have a few factors(excluding the economic factor) in our favor.
    1-Large country, big population, even though each informal/formal local club(city wise) has hardly 5-10 purely planted tank enthusiast on an average but on a whole large number of cities makes a bigger total. Planted tank households may be a lot more as it is fashionable(among fish tank keepers) to own a planted tank maintained by some specialist LFS these days and most of these guys tend to be out of competition and online forums otherwise we could even have more number of entries than what we do now.

    2-Availability of resources:
    We are very lucky to have lots of plants found growing naturally within the country itself(like eriocaulons, crypts, mosses, hygrophylas to name a few) and a lot of plant nurseries that can provide decent quality and variety plants for fairly low price compared to other markets.
    We also have lots of hardscape material found within the country itself and nowadays lots of material is being imported in bulk as well, added bonus.

    Having said this, a lot of premium stuff is sold around as well and not just limited to low end of the hobby.

    3-The Chain reaction
    As already mentioned in first point there are a lot of people ..and fashionable things do find a specific crowd to itself causing a chain reaction. It is not necessary that people may go directly into planted tanks inspired seasoned hobbyists, but gradually within a year or 2 they get there.

    And despite all this, it so happens that unfortunately most of those entries end up in very low 4-digit ranks except for well-seasoned/dedicated participants. This can be attributed to this hobby being fairly new here and many people just want to casually scale their existing tanks on worldwide ranking instead of taking a conscious effort to make a presentable/attractive tank.

    But we are seeing a gradual progression overall more so in number of entries than quality of work, but nevertheless any form of progression is worth it. I really hope a lot of us are ranked on the better side of it..lets see how it goes..
     
  4. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you for the insight RaRdEvA and Hamza. Nice to get the perspective from folks on the ground in your respective countries. I love the fact this is an international forum and we can hear from folks around the world.

    Any one else have some thoughts on the numbers?
     
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    RaRdEvA

    Great you cannot beat local information.

    Keith:):)
     
  6. RaRdEvA

    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hamza's post made me remember something very important: harvest your mats.

    As it is described in the most old books of aquariums. When they would gather rain water because of lack of filtering media or put the aquarium to a heat source because there was no submersible heaters. Tricks to lower or rise pH.

    I promise i will go out at least once before the end of august in a field trip, trying to find mats: rocks, wood, plants or even fishes (with quarantine of course :p).

    Just Back to the Basics!
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    There is one basic rule in Aquascaping if you want to keep out of trouble KIS, Keep It Simple, it never fails.

    Keith:):)
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yeah. KISS is In business world too. Works for almost everything ;)
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I would like to emphasize the fact that if new people doesn't get good advice they will not be able to overcome challenges, may get frustrated and quit the hobby. Perhaps would be good to create content in different languages that will allow new people from different countries to thrive in this Hobbie. Off course, if that doesn't exists already.

    Many people could contribute. E.g. I can with spanish and portuguese.
     
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    RaRdEvA, that is an excellent suggestion. Is google translate not helpful enough? That is generally what I use when trying to read something that is not in English.
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Is good but not always accurate yet.
    And is good for users like us, not for general public.

    Ive been in the "diadem" business management for years (telemarketing, surveys, technical support, helpdesk, customer service, etc.). And there is users that you won't believe.

    e.g.
    "Sir, please close the window and try again."
    User would stand up and close a window in his house.

    "Ma'am. Please use your mouse to click on the button".
    "I don't have that, i just have this pedal over here".

    We look for resources but many people don't like to do research or they just don't know how to do it.

    You cannot help everyone, but the more reachable you are, the more people will reach you. Access to resources has to be given and they have to follow Keith's favorite: the KISS principle.
     
  12. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I often use Google to translate in Aquarium forums, in the Orchid world some Asian translations are hilarious and impossible to publish.

    I have never found language a problem on any Aquarium forum possibly because most countries would have many similar Forums in their own language.

    Keith:):)
     
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    ghostmonk Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I agree that 10 submissions from US is way too low compared to the number of hobbyists here. I am part of them too (submitted last year but not this year). In general I think there is more focus on other things here in the US, than in the hobby that's resulting in dwindling numbers.
     
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    Hi All, I was shocked to see only 14 from the UK :( Aquascaping is not widely known by local fish stores or the general public where i live in Enfield London anyway:( There are a couple of dedicated Aquascaping shops in and around London (y) Trying to make the public more aware of our great hobby :D But i think its forums like this one & others that will spread the word a lot quicker :)
    Next year there will be one more entry from England :D But this year i am entering GAPLC & i have entered CAC "Croation Aquatic contest"
    CAC Entered a Cube :) GAPLC 100lt Aquascape & a Wabi- Kusa :) Best way to learn is to enter competitions :cool:
     
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    Sad to see....and sad to hear you did not enter this year! Why not?

    The US seems to have lots of plant collectors and aquatic gardeners, but not much for scaping. Many advanced hobbyists migrate to the salty side where they do the same thing: collect coral species and fish but do not mind the aesthetics much. The AGA is certainly working on changing that. There is the live aquascaping contest in Chicago this year. I wish I would have been able to enter, but other things are a priority at that time.

    I was also surprised at the few numbers of entries from the UK. UKAPS has a good presence and a mind for aquascaping. I wonder why so few.
     
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    What about the Aussies where do we stand possibly very low I would guess.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Heres a graph for you @keithgh
    australia.jpg
     
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    I was also disappointed in the turnout of the Aussies. I expected a better representation.

    I have found that Aussies seem to enjoy biotopes or more natural looking aquariums as opposed to aquascapes. This might be just an impression from the type of work I've seen by many of them.
     
  19. Shadow

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    It will be different this year, they change the judging criteria few weeks back. They have not announce it in English IAPLC website yet

    http://jp.iaplc.com/about/grading.html

    Google translate to English become:

    Revised screening criteria than 2014
    Opportunity this time you have recorded the largest number ever, including also means reviewing the way of Aquatic Plants Layout original "basics", we conducted a review of screening criteria.

    With regard to the item of examination standards, I am focused on the "reproduction of the habitat of the fish" should be called the origin of the Aquatic Plants Layout.

    For this new screening criteria, it is not intended to limit the representation of the layout, it aims to clarify the nature of the aquatic plant layout of creating an environment in which the fish is likely to corner.

    Total score (100 points)
    and is scored technical point of five items (50-point scale) impression ※ point of each work in (each 10-point scale, a total of 100-point scale).

    [​IMG]
    (50 points) reproduction of ① habitat
    evaluation as a habitat for fish
    evaluation of-water feeling
    , fish, evaluation of the health status of aquatic plants
    evaluation type of fish, size, ecology if they match the layout of ② long-term maintenance potential (10 points) evaluation of any possible long-term maintenance is and landscape evaluation have been put into a representation temporary only-shooting③ technical capabilities (10 points) technical capabilities overall production of the layout, such as management evaluation of (10 points) impression and ④ originalityoriginality of the-author, evaluation of idea evaluation and beauty-maturity (10 points) rendition of ⑤ naturalness evaluation of any expression that sensible and natural -time evaluation of or feel the course of the evaluation of the view of nature-author HaiUe of aquatic plants and ⑥ composition (10 points) evaluation and composition of what has been organized firmly evaluation of HaiUe balance of aquatic plants, [disqualification subject Movies] and the same work with the past work  is based on the (limited limited to works of unpublished ※ applicant himself was layout production, the works that have been taken within one year) provisions. • The applications overlapping by the same person  (※ application is limited to one person per work) based on the provisions.  In the case of duplicate entries, and contact the applicants than Executive Committee. I gave a confirmation of one work entry. · (Photo exact match, such as angle difference) another name applicants of the same work  (limited to works of unpublished ※ applicant himself was layout production) based on provisions.  Contact to each applicant from Executive Committee. I gave a confirmation of entry. · Works Other, it is hard to recognize as Aquatic Plants Layout  is based (if you become disqualified certain works that may impair the quality of ※ this contest) the provisions.
     
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    Latest news from ADA newsletter:

    IAPLC 2014 contest results will be sent out, NEXT WEEK!

    This year, a total of 2,320 contest entries (the highest number ever in the
    history of the contest!!) was received from 64 counties and areas. It is our
    pleasure to see that the idea of the Nature Aquarium has expanded even further
    each year, and that the IAPLC contributes greatly to encourage all those who
    love the planted aquarium hobby, regardless of being professional or
    non-professional.

    The IAPLC Steering Committee is going to send out the contest results early
    next week. The method of delivery is by post, sending airmail to the contest
    participants individually.
    The contest results also will be announced on the IAPLC's official website in
    the last week of August. We hope all of you look forward to the conclusion of
    the IAPLC2014!!
     
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