Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2012

Results of Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2012 
 
From 11th till 13th October, 2012 on the Zoosphere International Pet Supply Exhibition 2012 there was the final of the second Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2012.
Last year both the idea and the contest drew considerable interest from the aquarists’ side, so the decision was made to hold it for the second time.
 
Contest had two stages
Stage 1 – preliminary round in Internet. Anyone could participate. Contestants had to supply photos of their biotope aquarium decorated by the contestant, and to give information about it. Also they had to choose category and to name the biotope. After accepting applications the biotopes were judged online by more than 600 aquarists and 10 professional judges. As a result of the quality test 10 finalists were chosen, one in every category.
 
Stage 2 – final round of the contest took place from 11th till 13th October, 2012 during the Zoosphere 2012 exhibition in St. Petersburg, where finalists set up aquaria in the same category as in the quality test, though everyone could choose another biotope. Participants were to win a part of the prize pool of 2700 EUR. All domestic travel and accommodation expenses were reimbursed by the Contest organizer – Unitex Group of Companies.
 
 
Final Round of the Contest
The final round of the Contest started on October 11th. All the necessary equipment and décor was given to participants (in every of 10 categories) for setting up a biotope aquarium:
  • Aquaria 140 l with pedestal given by Aquatech Company
  • Beforehand started external filter JBL CristalProfi e701 greenline
  • Heater JBL ProTemp 150 W. Reflectors and JBL lamps for choice
  • JBL food and water conditioners
  • Every possible JBL accessories for aquarium set up and care
  • Large variery of stones and driftwood for aquarium decoration
  • Fishes and plants selected beforehand by participant request
Every participant was making a composition for 2 days, trying to create a beautiful aquarium meeting criteria of biotope.
 
   
 
October 12, 2012 - setting up was completed, there was a most interesting event to come: evaluation by judges and awarding ceremony. Contestants could watch the evaluating their aquariums and, if they wished, tell about their aquariums to judges and interested exhibition visitors in details.
 
But before that exciting moment all of us could visit the most interesting seminar on nature biotopes of the planet Earth held by internationally known aquarist, traveller, writer Heiko Bleher. And every visitor learned many new and interesting things to use later on in their own aquaria.
 
October 13, 2012 at 14:00 Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2012 awarding ceremony. The prizes were awarded as follows:
 
1st place
Alexey Malyshev, St. Petersburg
Category: North America - Lakes, meanders, swamps, creeks
Biotope: Bay of the Huron Lake
Prize: 1 225 EUR + Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
2nd place
Elena Mazurek, St. Petersburg
Category: Australia and Oceania - Rivers, streams
Biotope: Shore area of the Goyder River
Prize: 735 EUR + Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
3rd place
Svetlana Kirillova, St. Petersburg
Category: Africa - Rivers, streams
Biotope: Rainforest river in Nigeria
Prize: 490 EUR + Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
4th place
Vyacheslav Veriga, Vladivostok
Category: Eurasia - Lakes, meanders, swamps, creeks
Biotope: Cheow Larn Lake
Prize: Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
5th place + People’s Choice Award
Vera Gladyshenko, St. Petersburg
Category: Australia and Oceania - Lakes, meanders, swamps, creeks
Biotope: Shore area of the Ayamaru Lake
Prize: 245 EUR + Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
6th place
Andrey Kazakov, Syktyvkar
Category: South America - Lakes, meanders, swamps, creeks
Biotope: Backwater in the upstream of the Orinoco River
Prize: Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
7th place
Arseniy Kukushkin, Moscow
Category: Africa - Lakes, meanders, swamps, creeks
Biotope: Lake Tanganyika, Isanga Bay coast
Prize: Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
8th place
Tamara Davidova, Yalta
Category: South America - Rivers, streams
Biotope: Upstream of the Guaporé River
Prize: Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
9th place
Anna Tetereva, Moscow
Category: Eurasia - Rivers, streams
Biotope: Forest stream Koppiwater, Sri Lanka
Prize: Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
10th place
Anastasia Melnikova, St. Petersburg
Category: North America - Rivers, streams
Biotope: Rio Subin. The river lost in forests
Prize: Aquatech aquarium set 140 l + JBL Equipment
 
It is significant that world known aquarist, traveller, and chairman of the judging committee Heiko Bleher while evaluating noted the high level of all aquariums and emphasized that all of them are worth being presented in the final. Mr. Bleher also noticed with pleasure that there were many ladies in Russian Biotope Aquarium Design Contest, undoubtedly the very nice fact that distinguish Russian Contest from similar contests held in other countries.
 
     
 
Thanks!
We would like to express our gratitude to the aquarists that offered free help in preparing and holding the Contest activities on Zoosphere exhibition. We thank Andrey Krivchik for the seminar on photographing aquariums and for photographs he made. We thank Sergei Gnatenko for photographs he made. We thank Elena Mazurek for help in making banners, diplomas and leaflets for the Contest, and also for preparing the charity auction to support Irina Dankevich. We thank Andrey Kazakov for help in preparing the Contest stand. We thank Vera Gladyshenko for providing beautiful branches and driftwood for decorating aquariums. We thank a lot those, who helped participants. And we also thank judges for their professional evaluating in the Contest final: Heiko Bleher, Rodolphe Ruelle, Vladimir Kovalyov, Oleg Yunchis, Oleg Zelennikov, Sergey Chubarov, Mikhail Bagaturov, Svetlana Chikadze.
 
We also thank sites VitaWater, Aqua-dv, and the VK group -= \ AQUARIUM / POND \ TERRARIUM / =- for free advertising the Contest.
 
Special thank to the Contest sponsors: 
General Contest Sponsor: JBL GmbH & Co. KG
Contest Organizers: exclusive distributor of JBL GmbH & Co. KG products Unitex Group of Companies and the management of Zoosphere 2012 exhibition. 
Contest Sponsor: aquariums for the Contest final were given by the Aquatech Company
   
The contest in other years: