It is hard to believe that the AGA contest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and that we have grown so much since our humble beginnings in 2000 as the first online aquascaping contest so many, many years ago. We started the contest with fewer than 100 aquascapes submitted in 6 categories for and now have more than 600 aquascapes submitted in 10 different categories! Throughout the history of our contest, there have been many additions and changes that make the AGA contest what it is today. However, we are constantly striving to improve and grow our contest and reach more aquascapers worldwide. That is definitely the case this year and for the future as big changes are coming!
With the recent issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the people who run the contest discussed how best to accommodate hobbyists having a hard time building and prepping their aquascapes due to quarantines, social distancing, or other factors beyond their control. To make the contest more accessible for everyone, we have decided to delay the opening of the AGA contest for 2020 instead of canceling the contest. After considerable discussion, we decided on the following dates:
Friday, August 15th 2020 – Contest opens for submissions
Sunday, October 18th 2020 – Contest closes
January 2021 – Results are announced
The additional time should allow aquascapers the needed time to complete and refine their entries, especially as the impact of the virus subsides and our participants are able to obtain materials for the contest. We hope that aquascapers will take the added time to create new and novel entries that can be seen for the first time when the results are announced in 2021. Imagine starting the aquascaping year with the excitement of having a new aquascape revealed to the public! As the coordinator of the contest, I am excited to oversee these changes and hope our participants will see the benefits as well.
As we draw closer to the opening date, updated information including the rules, guidelines, entry forms and other important information about the contest will be provided on the website: www.aquatic-gardeners.org.
Good luck and happy aquascaping! I am excited for the future of the contest and the changes that are coming!
Aquascaping Contest Chairperson