October GCCA swap

October 1st at the Marriott in Hoffman Estates

About CAPS

The Chicago Aquatic Plant Society is a newly formed organization that emphasizes educating hobbyists about starting, keeping, and maintaining aquatic plants in the aquarium.

This site, and also our Facebook Community, serve as a platform where hobbyists can ask questions, exchange ideas, learn about aquascaping principles, and gain other information relevant to keeping planted tanks. If you are in Chicago or the surrounding area, come join us.

Next Event:

2017 CAPS Wabi Kusa Contest

Start date: July 8, 2017

End date: November 20, 2017

Chicago Aquatic Plant Society Wabi-Kusa Contest Guide 2017


Submission Guidelines & Contest Details

-All entries are due Nov 20th 2017. One submission per person only.

-Submit up to three photos of your Wabi-Kusa along with a completed photo release form via email to: info@chicagoaquaticplants.com

-Download a copy of the photo release here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K5a_tsxgoonaHsIYcuu4aUPrQQDFeCP0blURT-I0zjs/edit?usp=sharing

-Please submit your email entry with the subject line:  (Entrants Name) Wabi-Kusa Contest -Photos may be adjusted for color correction, brightness, cropping. No other alterations

-A Kids Category is for entrants up to age 12. If submitting for the Kids Category, please specify this in the submission email.

-Results will be announced at the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society December Year End Party and on the CAPS Facebook page. More info on the Party will be announced at a later date. You do not need to be present to win.


Winner of the Adult category:  $100.00 Cash and Commemorative Award

Winner of the  Kids category (up to age 12): $50.00 Cash and Commemorative Award

Judging and Criteria:

Judges will consist of the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society Executive Board.  Judges will not be allowed to participate as a contestant.  Judges will not know the names of the entrants until the judging is complete.  The contestant with the highest total points based on the point system outlined below will be the winner.  Adult and Kids categories will be judged using the same point system.

A Wabi-kusa is defined here as a layout of emersed grown, or partially emersed grown aquatic plants. The Wabi-kusa evaluation will also consider any hardscape or container features incorporated into the layout. Any entry deemed by more than one judge to not meet the broad definition presented shall be disqualified.

Points shall be awarded to each entry for the following categories:

  1. Health and Condition: 0-30pts
    1.     Are plants in the layout healthy and free from any undesirable algae or fungal growth?
    2.     If any animals are incorporated in the layout, are they healthy and in a suitable environment to be maintained long term?
  2. Technical Skill: 0-10pts
    1.     Has the artist demonstrated technical skill in the layout through the use of plant arrangement, colors, textures, hardscape, husbandry techniques, and photography?
  3. Natural Impression: 0-10pts
    1.     Does the layout present a natural atmosphere, and is it matured to completeness?     
  4. Overall Impression and Creativity: 0-10pts
    1.     How does the layout appear as a whole including all elements in the photograph?
    2.     Has the artist presented a layout that is unique or especially creative?