Contest Jury Members
IAPLC jury members are selected from several different areas of the world for fair and impartial evaluation. Furthermore, the contest jury consists of not only professional aquascapers but also those who have experience and career in the area of aquatic plants and aquarium, including expert foraquascaping, cultivation of aquatic plants, breeding of tropical fish and magazine editors, in order to avoid influence of individual’s likes and tastesover the contest result. IAPLC holds the policy to make evaluations from diverse points of view.
Adam Paszczela / Poland Owner of Aquarius & Aquadam
Mr. Paszczela is the owner of Aquarius & Aquadam and the precursor of Nature Aquarium in Eastern Europe. In 2012, he established ADA Poland Idea Studio displaying Nature Aquarium in ADA full systems.
Adip Sajjan Raj / India President of Still Water Aquatics
Mr. Raj is the president of Still Water Aquatics. He turned to the entrepreneur from an engineer, and established a company which installs display of Nature Aquarium into public places and landmark buildings. The company also focuses on making every home have a Nature Aquarium.
Albert Connelly, Jr. / U.S.A. Publisher of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine and TFH Publications
Mr. Connelly is the Publisher of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine and TFH Publications, the company that first introduced the work of Takashi Amano to the United States in the Nature Aquarium World book series. TFH magazine has published Nature Aquarium articles in every issue for the past 16 years and counting.
André Longarço / Brazil Business manager of Aquabase Aquapaisagismo
Mr. Longarço is the founder and business manager of Aquabase Aquapaisagismo, the first company 100% dedicated to Nature Aquarium in Brazil and conducts promotional activities worldwide. He is also the host of a TV show about aquarium on Brazilian television with more than 65 million viewers.
Gireg Allain / France Chief editor of AQUAmag magazine
Mr. Allain is the chief editor of AQUAmag magazine. He is also the director of Animalia editions and the author of many books and numerous articles on aquariums, fish and plants. He is specialized in freshwater and has deep knowledge of aquarium in general.
Jiangang Diao / China President of Beijing ADA Nature Aquarium World Gallery
Mr. Diao is the president of Beijing ADA Nature Aquarium World Gallery. He studied techniques of the aquatic plant cultivation and planted aquarium, and devoted himself to the outreach of the planted aquarium culture. After many years of experience, he opened ADA Nature Aquarium World Gallery in Beijing in 2018. Many planted aquarium enthusiasts visit the gallery from all over the world.
Oliver Mengedoht / Germany Chief editor of aquaristik magazine
Mr. Mengedoht is the chief editor of aquaristik magazine. A journalist since 1995, photographing over 35 years. He has extensive knowledge of freshwater crabs, and scientifically validates aquarium as a habitat for living creatures.
Shogo Yamaguchi / Japan Chief executive of AQUA LIFE magazine
Mr. Yamaguchi represents AQUA LIFE. The magazine introduces the beauty of aquatic plants and planted aquarium. He works for MPJ Inc., the company that publishes the annual AQUA PLANTS and many other publications providing useful information for planted aquarium hobbyists.
Yu-Fa Huang / Chinese Taipei President of Easy Trading Co., Ltd.
Mr. Huang is the president of Easy Trading Co., Ltd. He has been involved in the IAPLC as a judge since the 1st International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest. He has been widely sharing the charms of Nature Aquarium from his aquatic plant showroom established in Taipei.
Yusuke Homma / Japan ADA SUIKEI Creator
Mr. Homma not only closely witnessed Takashi Amano’s layout production for a long time, but also accompanied Amano’s photoshooting for scenic photos many times. Mr. Homma looks up to Amano as his mentor, and focuses on carrying on Amano’s legacy and further developing Nature Aquarium.