A beautiful underwater scene filled with jungles, valleys, tropical fish and a forest of aquatic plants is not just a figure of your imagination anymore. Every year thousands of artists from around the world submit their underwater landscape designs to the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) in order to win thousands of dollars for their creations. These designs are full of plants, stones, and canyons of aquatic beauty. The artists must be detail-oriented and knowledgeable in biology all while enduring a great deal of patience watching their designs grow over a long period of time. The IAPLC requires planted aquariums to have healthy and beautiful aquatic plants along with no presence of algae. Judges also take into consideration the originality, level of technique and layout skills. All applicants are required to photograph their aquarium without retouching or resizing the image and send it to the IAPLC by May 31, 2014.
The IAPLC started in 2001 and currently operates out of Niigata, Japan. The grand prize winner will be rewarded with 1,000,000 Japanese Yen, which translates to $9,590.03 in the United States. A few of the past winner’s artwork can be seen below.
2011 IAPLC #9 World Ranking- Wai Hung Tony Wong from Hong Kong
2013 IAPLC Fifth Place- Shintaro Matsui from Japan
2013 IAPLC Top 27- Serkan Çetinkol from Turkey