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TOP 50 IIAC 2018 WORLD RANKING

  • Click to enlarge image 01st Place – Malaysia – Josh Sim – Fate – 320L.jpg
    01st Place – Malaysia – Josh Sim – Fate – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 02nd Place – Taiwan – Harry Chen – Forest of the Ages – 120L 200L.jpg
    02nd Place – Taiwan – Harry Chen – Forest of the Ages – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 03rd Place – China – Wen-Lin Ruan – Fleeting Time – 320L.jpg
    03rd Place – China – Wen-Lin Ruan – Fleeting Time – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 04th Place – Ukraine – Tereza Lazar – Fairytale Forest – 120L 200L.jpg
    04th Place – Ukraine – Tereza Lazar – Fairytale Forest – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 05th Place – Indonesia – Agussalim Jamaluddin – LATIMOJONG – 200L  320L.jpg
    05th Place – Indonesia – Agussalim Jamaluddin – LATIMOJONG – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 06th Place – Korea – Cho Jaesun – the Great Ultimate – 320L.jpg
    06th Place – Korea – Cho Jaesun – the Great Ultimate – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 07th Place – Brazil – Fernando Moraes – Gruta Amuara – 28L 60L.jpg
    07th Place – Brazil – Fernando Moraes – Gruta Amuara – 28L 60L
  • Click to enlarge image 08th Place – Brazil – Carlos Souza – Caverna Casa de Pedra – 60L 120L.jpg
    08th Place – Brazil – Carlos Souza – Caverna Casa de Pedra – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 09th Place – Taiwan – Hsu Hung Hsiao – Jungle – 28L 60L.jpg
    09th Place – Taiwan – Hsu Hung Hsiao – Jungle – 28L 60L
  • Click to enlarge image 10th Place – China – Wen-Lin Ruan – Pick up the Light – 320L.jpg
    10th Place – China – Wen-Lin Ruan – Pick up the Light – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 11th Place – Thailand – Nobphacha Yimyou – COMFORT ZONE – 320L.jpg
    11th Place – Thailand – Nobphacha Yimyou – COMFORT ZONE – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 12th Place – China – Fu-Hong Guan – The Wizard of Oz – 60L 120L.jpg
    12th Place – China – Fu-Hong Guan – The Wizard of Oz – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 13th Place – China – Yuan-Jhih Yang – Coming Home – 200L 320L.jpg
    13th Place – China – Yuan-Jhih Yang – Coming Home – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 14th Place – Taiwan – Sung-Bin Chen – The Beauty of Autumn and Spring – 120L 200L.jpg
    14th Place – Taiwan – Sung-Bin Chen – The Beauty of Autumn and Spring – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 15th Place – Portugal – Ana Rodrigues – Mountain Path – 60L 120L.jpg
    15th Place – Portugal – Ana Rodrigues – Mountain Path – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 16th Place – China – Li-Wei Guan – Fantasy – 320L.jpg
    16th Place – China – Li-Wei Guan – Fantasy – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 17th Place – China – Cin-Cyun Chen – Pans Labyrinth – 60L 120L.jpg
    17th Place – China – Cin-Cyun Chen – Pans Labyrinth – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 18th Place – Portugal – Luís Filipe Samora Cardoso – Trails – 200L 320L.jpg
    18th Place – Portugal – Luís Filipe Samora Cardoso – Trails – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 19th Place – Indonesia – Bachrum – 3 Generation – 120L 200L.jpg
    19th Place – Indonesia – Bachrum – 3 Generation – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 20th Place – Brazil – Carlos Souza – Flow of Life – 28L 60L.jpg
    20th Place – Brazil – Carlos Souza – Flow of Life – 28L 60L
  • Click to enlarge image 21st Place – Hungary – Nemeth Patrik – Yakusima Forest – 200L 320L.jpg
    21st Place – Hungary – Nemeth Patrik – Yakusima Forest – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 22nd Place – Indonesia – Luky Ardiansyah – Oyot Nylorot – 200L 320L.jpg
    22nd Place – Indonesia – Luky Ardiansyah – Oyot Nylorot – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 23rd Place – Indonesia – Heri Amir – Distant Forests – 60L 120L.jpg
    23rd Place – Indonesia – Heri Amir – Distant Forests – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 24th Place – Portugal – Tiago Miravent – Cabrieira – 200L 320L.jpg
    24th Place – Portugal – Tiago Miravent – Cabrieira – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 25th Place – Indonesia – Dama Refiyuda – Let It Burn – 200L 320L.jpg
    25th Place – Indonesia – Dama Refiyuda – Let It Burn – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 26th Place – Brazil – Gregory Thom e Silva – The Way Out – 60L 120L.jpg
    26th Place – Brazil – Gregory Thom e Silva – The Way Out – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 27th Place – Brazil – Rodolfo Provenzano – Greg Morning – 60L 120L.jpg
    27th Place – Brazil – Rodolfo Provenzano – Greg Morning – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 28th Place – Portugal – Nuno Matos – Crystal Valley – 60L 120L.jpg
    28th Place – Portugal – Nuno Matos – Crystal Valley – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 29th Place – Viet Nam – Luong Quoc Hung – Deep in the forest – 200L 320L.jpg
    29th Place – Viet Nam – Luong Quoc Hung – Deep in the forest – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 30th Place – Taiwan – Kevin Liu – Reflection –320L.jpg
    30th Place – Taiwan – Kevin Liu – Reflection –320L
  • Click to enlarge image 31st Place – Morocco – Yassine Idhamou – The Jungle Book – 120L 200L.jpg
    31st Place – Morocco – Yassine Idhamou – The Jungle Book – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 32nd Place – United States – Shawn McBride – Beyond the Valley – 28L 60L.jpg
    32nd Place – United States – Shawn McBride – Beyond the Valley – 28L 60L
  • Click to enlarge image 33rd Place – Indonesia – Mamed Rahmad – Lembah Ngarai – 200L 320L.jpg
    33rd Place – Indonesia – Mamed Rahmad – Lembah Ngarai – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 34th Place – Brazil – Thiago Eloi – Sunrise in a Magical Place – 28L 60L.jpg
    34th Place – Brazil – Thiago Eloi – Sunrise in a Magical Place – 28L 60L
  • Click to enlarge image 35th Place – Taiwan – Yen-Bin Chan – Harmony – 320L.jpg
    35th Place – Taiwan – Yen-Bin Chan – Harmony – 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 36th Place – Thailand – Eakthanat Isarathikul – T E L E – 28L 60L.jpg
    36th Place – Thailand – Eakthanat Isarathikul – T E L E – 28L 60L
  • Click to enlarge image 37th Place – Austria – Stefan Graf – Leisure Time – 200L 320L.jpg
    37th Place – Austria – Stefan Graf – Leisure Time – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 38th Place – Turkey – Selçuk DURMAZ – Green Malatiye – 200L 320L.jpg
    38th Place – Turkey – Selçuk DURMAZ – Green Malatiye – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 39th Place – Indonesia – Syarifuddin udin roy – Bantimurung Forest – 200L 320L.jpg
    39th Place – Indonesia – Syarifuddin udin roy – Bantimurung Forest – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 40th Place – Singapore – Kong-Jun Xing – Full of Life – 200L 320L.jpg
    40th Place – Singapore – Kong-Jun Xing – Full of Life – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 41st Place – Spain – Marcos Ceprian Gonzalez – Melodies of Life – 120L 200L.jpg
    41st Place – Spain – Marcos Ceprian Gonzalez – Melodies of Life – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 42nd Place – China – Jing-Cheng Wun – Rashomon – 60L 120L.jpg
    42nd Place – China – Jing-Cheng Wun – Rashomon – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 43rd Place – Taiwan – Sheng-Siang Wang – LAND OF TAIWAN – 120L 200L.jpg
    43rd Place – Taiwan – Sheng-Siang Wang – LAND OF TAIWAN – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 44th Place – Taiwan – Cheng-Yu Lu – Hanayome – 200L 320L.jpg
    44th Place – Taiwan – Cheng-Yu Lu – Hanayome – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 45th Place – Indonesia – Nurul Hikmah Sigit – Malino – 120L 200L.jpg
    45th Place – Indonesia – Nurul Hikmah Sigit – Malino – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 46th Place – Spain – Juan fco aba serra – The Enchanted Forest – 120L 200L.jpg
    46th Place – Spain – Juan fco aba serra – The Enchanted Forest – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 47th Place – Taiwan – Ching-Ti Chiu – Habitat – 120L 200L.jpg
    47th Place – Taiwan – Ching-Ti Chiu – Habitat – 120L 200L
  • Click to enlarge image 48th Place – Viet Nam – Hoag Yen – Fairyland – 60L 120L.jpg
    48th Place – Viet Nam – Hoag Yen – Fairyland – 60L 120L
  • Click to enlarge image 49th Place – India – Rahul Mukherjee – Spirits of the Abyss – 200L 320L.jpg
    49th Place – India – Rahul Mukherjee – Spirits of the Abyss – 200L 320L
  • Click to enlarge image 50th Place – Hungary – Attila Lovas – Rolling – 120L 200L.jpg
    50th Place – Hungary – Attila Lovas – Rolling – 120L 200L
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IIAC 2018 WORLD RANKING

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  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Whispering Shadows - Luis Carlos Galarraga / Brazil - IAPLC 2020

    The last Bronze prize goes to an aquascape that showcases a unique rock arrangement. Skillfully stacking rocks, the creator captured a scene where the uppermost layer of bedrock has protruded, caused by crustal movement. It represents the earth's dynamism that reminds us of orogenic activity. A wide variety of aquatic plants are cleverly planted behind the rocks and in the gaps between them to enhance the presence of the rock composition. Though the aquascape looks simple, it is an elaborate work. As the title implies, the shades under the rocks give a deeper impression as if they are whispering the history of the earth.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Leaping through time - Jheng Yu Lyu / Chinese Taipei - IAPLC 2020

    The second Bronze prize goes to an aquascape that features an old fallen tree created with driftwood. There is a large tree on both sides, and the fallen tree in the center. The passage of time is expressed with vines creeping aver the fallen tree, and moss and ferns growing on it. There is a tunnel-like space under the fallen tree, and through that space a "path of cosmetic sand" leads far beyond the mountains. The sense of depth created in this aquascape is fantastic, being emphasized by the contrast between the fallen tree in the foreground and the mountains in the distant view, and a clearly defined open space. A natural feeling, which is expressed by the arrangement of plants, also enhances perspective
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Leading The New World - Roger Goh / Singapore - IAPLC 2020

    The first Bronze prize is awarded to a forest style aquascape, a popular theme of the contest. Thick driftwood pieces are used to create trunks, branches, and roots of the trees that form the hardscape of the composition, and thinner driftwood branches represent aerial roots and creeper plants. On top of the trees, thick canopies are created with Bolbitis, and at the base of the trees, the combination of moss and Bucephalandra depicts the vegetation of the forest floor. Such a powerful expression of forest is eye-catching. In addition, the open space that is clearly outlined in the center looks like an exit leading to a new world.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Katsushika Hokusai - Albert Escrihuela Cáceres / Spain - IAPLC 2020

    This aquascape won the second Silver prize for its incredible visual presentation. As the title indicates, the dynamic composition, which looks as if swirling toward the central open pace, was inspired by Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) of Katsushika Hokusai. This aquascape represents the dynamism of the earth with a sense of nature and an underwater feeling that are expressed in an extraordinary manner. In that sense, the green of the aquatic plants planted in strips along the rock arrangement and the bright red color of Puntius denisoni swimming in groups can be remarked as elements that contribute to the beautiful visual presentation.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Pure - Josh Sim / Malaysia - IAPLC 2020

    The first Silver prize is awarded to a mysterious aquascape, mainly using shade-loving plants such as ferns and moss. The dynamic arrangement of large driftwood, which is the framework of the aquascape, looks matched to Pterophyllum altum while creating a powerful impression and an underwater feeling. In addition, Eleocharis acicularis and the relatives of Nymphaea in the background add perspective to the aquascape. However, the black background may give a deep and dark impression to viewers, although it matches the mysterious atmosphere of this aquascape. In that respect, this work received mixed reviews.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Undying - Steven Chong / United States - IAPLC 2020

    The Gold prize winning work presents a remarkable driftwood composition. The depth that goes beyond the size of this aquarium is created by expanding the central open space towards the far right side, along with the drastically arranged driftwood. In addition, a mirror embedded in the substrate gives an interesting visual effect; it looks as if a river is running in the aquascape, or the driftwood is floating in the air, depending on the viewer's viewpoint. The visual impact is enhanced by the skinny branches placed behind the large driftwood that makes up the framework of the composition, and the subtle and low-key planting of epiphytes
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Eden - Siak Wee Yeo / Malaysia - IAPLC 2020

    This year's Grand prize goes to an energetic driftwood aquascape. When this type of composition is made, rocks are often glued together to form the framework, but in this work, large driftwood pieces are boldly used to build the aquascape's foundation. Driftwood is also used for the stalactite-like extensions that hang down from above. This gives a softer impression to the aquascape than making them with rocks, and helps match their texture with that of the driftwood framework.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Creek in Forest - Qi Zhang / China - IAPLC 2019

    The third Bronze Award winning aquascape gives an interesting impression made by a nice blending of its diorama like aspects and underwater appearance. Among many entries showcasing forest landscapes, this layout rather represents a fairy tale scenery than depicting a realistic forest image. It leads us to enjoy this layout simply as an underwater scene where fish live. Great planting details; especially the presentation of red plants is exquisitely effective, which enriches the visual presentation and creates a fantasy like atmosphere
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Flood Season - Quang Minh Nguyen / VietNam - IAPLC 2019

    Here is the second Bronze Prize winning layout characterized by its gentle wood work. The maker mainly used moss for the layout, but he has avoided a monotonous manner by planting lighter green plants in spots. The white decorative sand laid under driftwood branches helps prevent the aquascape from becoming too gloomy, and it also successfully enhances the underwater appearance. This layout is highly acclaimed for making a moderate amount of open space and the well-balanced composition. What makes it unique is the sense of serenity found in the expression of natural feel.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Fallowness - Siak Wee Yeo / Malaysia - IAPLC 2019

    Interestingly, the first Bronze Award winning aquascape uses straight driftwood pieces similar to the ones in the Grand prize work. Making the most of the characteristics of driftwood, the layout forms a unique composition by emphasizing the horizontal lines. The layout showcases a wonderful underwater presentation with its perfect positioning of fish and a pleasant sense of water flow given by the driftwoods and supporting rocks oriented in the same direction. The maker intentionally photographed the aquascape in the way, making the water surface look like an open space, and this worked favorably for the evaluation.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Guardians - Martial Hervy / France - IAPLC 2019

    An authentic concave aquascape won the second Silver Award. Its radially-arranged wood work is reminiscent of Takashi Amano's Nature Aquarium layouts while planting details and the color tone are nicely done in European style. The nice blending of these characteristics is, indeed, the originality of this aquascape. The execution of the layout is outstanding in terms of the composition balance and plants' conditions. However, the maker could improve the presentation of fish habitat by putting more emphasis on the fish's presence.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Summer Solstice - Fuhong Guan / China - IAPLC 2019

    The first Silver Award is given to a magnificent layout work presenting a circular opening in the center of the tank. The entries with eccentric compositions usually polarize the judges' opinions, but this aquascape received favorable responses from the majority of them. We can assume that this is because of its balanced composition work, finely adjusted on both sides, and beautiful color combination. Although the aquascapes that mainly consist of moss often give a gloomy impression, the maker avoids it by effectively presenting the red colors of plants and fish in this layout. The blue gradation background is also visually effective.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Tankei - Takayuki Fukada / Japan - IAPLC 2019

    Mr. Takayuki Fukuda (Japan) won the Gold prize with his aquascape layout. What is most striking about his work is its representation of the cliffs protruding from both the left and right sides of the composition. Using massive rocks projecting strong shadows alone could impart an oppressive impression, but he prevented it by tactfully making an open space in the center through the upper section. The stem plants shown in the opening under the cliffs also soften the image. These are adept strategies of a creator who is an expert of layouts of this sort
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Dream On - Josh Sim / Malaysia - IAPLC 2019

    This year's Grand prize goes to Mr. Josh Sim of Malaysia. What inspires us the most about this work is its novel and powerful approach to the composition brought out by fine planting details. This aquascape was created faithfully to the teachings of Takashi Amano, founder of Nature Aquarium and this contest; "Go bold with your composition, but careful with planting." Although the driftwood pieces used as the primary layout material of this aquascape are rectilinear and relatively large, their combination and arrangement are creating smart visual effects. The making of eccentric layouts in a deliberate manner seems to be one of the latest trends in contest submissions, but we believe that this layout is highly regarded because it achieves a strong impact while appearing less suggestive.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Home - Jin Liang / China - IAPLC 2018

    This layout is highly regarded with its dynamic composition, giving a strong sense of perspective. We can find it in the shadows on the central pillar and at the right corner of the scene, the series of arches that run from the front left section to the right back corner, and the wall-like structure behind the arches, that is built along the left front and the right rear side. Every aspect of the composition is intricately calculated to create depth in the layout, but regretfully, this also makes the layout almost look artificial
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] TURO DE L'HOME - Bernat Hosta Rovira / ANDORRA - IAPLC 2018

    The layout is finely crafted with small tree branches and rocks, and is in many ways more like a painting. Although this work seems antithetical to this year's Grand Prix layout, it should be highly regarded as a wonderful planted layout with the precisely calculated composition and the meticulous arrangement using a variety of aquatic plants. There is a pleasing depth of field ratio between the foreground and background. Moreover, the layout's lively style gives a positive impression. A refreshing aquascape that makes you feel like you enjoy a view of a nearby pond from a bright green forest in early summer.