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2018 Wabi Kusa Contest Guide

We are happy to announce the winners of the CAPS Wabikusa Contest! We had some great entries this year so thank you to all who entered into the contest! This is an annual contest and our way of promoting the art of wabikusa and the use of aquatic plants in a creative manner outside of the aquarium. CAPS also has a Wabikusa Workshop every year (next one coming up in March) where we show you how easy it is to create art using emersed aquatic plants. Our top three winners will receive a monetary prize and ribbon. Please congratulate our winners for this year:

  • 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 single photo of your wabikusa@chicagoaquaticplants.com
    • Entrants must be members of the C.A.P.S Facebook page, or paid members.
    • The submission period will be from October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
    • Entrants must agree to the photo and information release policy on the website.
    • Each person is allowed only one submission.
    • There is one category of participation with no age restriction.  
    • 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.
    • Entries may not be posted publicly prior to competition results.
1st Place: Bilal Mohammed

2nd Place (tie): David Bono

2nd Place (tie): Matt Kowalczyk