Submissions close on June 15th

2020 Wabi Kusa Contest Submission

We are happy to announce the 2020 CAPS Wabikusa Contest!

The contest opens May 1, 2020 and closes on June 15th, 2020.  The results will be published on August 15, 2020.


  • 1st Place: $100 Cash Prize and Ribbon
  • 2nd Place: $50 Cash Prize and Ribbon
  • 3rd Place: $25 Cash Prize and Ribbon

Use the form below to complete your submission!

  • Three judges will be selected for the contest.
    • Judges will be members from the C.A.P.S. executive board or other persons with recognized expertise in aquatic gardening and aquascaping.  
    • Judges are not allowed to participate as contestants.
    • Judges’ comments will be visible publicly with the posted results.
  • “Wabi-Kusa” is defined here as a creative layout of primarily emersed grown, aquatic plants. Judges will award points respective to the criteria categories listed below:
    • Health and Condition: 0-10pts
      • Is the layout healthy and free from any undesirable elements?
      • If animals are incorporated in the layout, are they healthy and in a suitable environment to be maintained long term?
    • Artistic Skill: 0-10pts
      • Does the layout demonstrate artistic skill through the use of arrangement, colors, textures, hardscape, photography?
    • Impression and Creativity: 0-10pts
      • Is the layout especially creative or impactful?
      • Do any other elements of the photograph add to or detract from the impression?
  • Submit a minimum of one (1) photo of your on the form below.

    • Entrants must be paid a CAPS member, member of the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society Facebook Group, or past AGA Wabi Kusa Workshop participant.
    • The submission period will be from May 1, 2019 to June 15th, 2020.
    • Entrants must agree to the photo and information release policy on the website.
    • Each person is allowed only one submission.
    • Entry photos may only be altered by color correction, brightness, and cropping.
    • Entries may be rejected, with or without notification to the entrant, for any reason deemed appropriate by the contest judges.