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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
When I saw this work, I felt that this was an unprecedented idea and that it might become one of the future trends in aquascape expression. Above all, the large piece driftwood that boldly assembled along the top of the tank, emphasizing its power and depth, attracts my attention. Another characteristic is that the space of the vanishing point is very narrow and delicately produced. The contrast between the strong shadows of big driftwood in the foreground and the delicate highlights of vanishing point determines the impression of this work. The planting is a little monotonous and should be improved, but there is no doubt that it is a very impressive and amazing work.

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
Everything seems to be striving towards the surface and this is where the most energy and power of this work comes from. Especially the 3 main stem root pieces reflect this well. Really nice work, although the dark areas needed some lightening. A different type could have been preferred in the uppermost region than the plants that provided the flow effect. Another beautiful scene, congratulations!

 
Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
The golden ratio point with the moving reflection gave a very interesting impact to this aquascaper's work. From my point of view it lacked an escape area. The sides were a little heavy. Also, it is a monochrome aquarium that could have more elements to give it greater prominence. If it were fish with red or orange color, they would further enhance the impact for the final photo.
 
Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
Montecarlo indicates that this tank has been maintained for a long time. the details can be seen from the Monte Carlo where the leaves go down. the perspective is very good, followed by a nice shadow.

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
This tank is simply majestic, the balance between shadow and light is excellent. The artist has created a futuristic hardscape, with an excellent style that however does not deviate from naturalness. The plants have been chosen with great attention, exploiting every single peculiarity. The fish have also been selected in a very careful way, they have an excellent contrast with the dark atmosphere of the tank. For me it's a podium job.
 
Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
This tank was filled with strong force. This force is generated from the three driftwoods at the top. These driftwoods were arranged by carefully calculating the balance between the deep vanishing point and the entire work. The aquatic plants are also in relatively good condition. The monotonous composition of the aquatic plants is the only drawback. It is a work that resonates deeply like a deep perspective. Congratulations.
 
Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A spectacular work where its overall would stand out, with a hardscape with a good transition of planes that take you to a linear vanishing point and that together with the three roots that cross the entire complex from the foreground to the end, achieves a great feeling of depth. But it is not only this, but also the healthiness of the planting, is one of the most striking in the contest. As proposals to improve, the stone hardscape would have worked better avoiding horizontal lines and looking for oblique lines towards the vanishing point, it would gain more impact. It would also have cleared the beach area more, it is unnecessarily loaded with plants. Congratulations on the magnificent work.
 
Jaesun Cho (Korea)
This work is like a textbook for an aquascaping contest. The proportions, intensity control, and arrangement of shadows are almost perfect. The condition of the aquatic plants is healthy, and they are well maintained. It's a beautiful piece of art that showcases the artist's passion and concentration.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
It is a layout that combines very unique and characteristic stones with a bold composition. What impressed me was not only the use of unique stones, but also the perfect alignment of the stones flow from left side to right side. If you look more carefully, you can see that the streaks of the stone also follow the overall flow. The planting, which is mainly green, also matches well with the contrast with the color tone of the stone and makes us feel the skill of the author. However, the red lotus nympha planted in the foreground, which was obviously planted later, may give different opinions to those who see it.

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
Beautiful canyon view. The textures of the stones used look great. color accents make this layout very interesting. Unfortunately, the opportunity to create the perspective of some shortcomings in the vanishing point was missed. I'm sure it would have done a better job if smaller sized pieces of stone had been used and the moss had been well trimmed. It is also well thought that the stone structure does not rest directly on the side window. Congratulations on this successful work!

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
I liked the boldness and different proposal. I also liked the aspect of the rocks appearing to be old in the aquarium. There was a lack of layers with smaller elements and the focal point being better worked. Kudos for being bold. 

 
Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
This Layout Very Unique and original. The stone hardscape used is very unique. the selection of plants is also unique, where there are tiger lotus blanded with windelove as foreground. plant growth and health are also good, seen from the neat flame moss and petite anubias on the right. overall the idea is original and out of the box.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
This work uses very unique and characteristic stones. The color of the stone used is also slightly different, but it does not show a sense of difference. In addition, the green color of the stone seems to be a algae, but it is expressed naturally, adding to its uniqueness. The different volumes on the left and right compensate for the disadvantage of having a divided center length. The bad aquatic plant condition in the center and the lotus in the foreground will be negative for long-term maintenance, but they are excellent now. Congratulations on the completion of a very unique work.

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
I was particularly struck by the choice of rocks for this tank, a truly intelligent choice that gave a lot of personality to the whole project. The blend of mosses and plants is almost perfect and never tires the eye. The perfect position of the fish gives this photographic shot a very pleasant vision.
 
Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good work, I love the shapes of the hard, it must not have been easy to work with those large rounded stones and still manage to give depth to the work, although the size of the urn makes things easier. And having so much space, I need more breadth in the foreground. Congratulations
 
Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Most artists struggle between the nostalgia of tradition and the desire for something new. This work is a rare gem that beautifully blends these two elements. Though the first impression may not be overpowering, it becomes more captivating as you delve deeper into it. The dreamlike atmosphere of the artwork leads the viewers to contemplation. Congratulations, it's truly marvelous.

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Selcuk Durmaz(Türkiye)
Great water view! Nice movements and textures... shadows are also good. If the aim is to imitate nature, I think it is reflected quite well on the opposite side. The use of roots is very successful, especially in the foreground. Plants close to the waves in the middle of the horizon can be pruned a little more, but this is not a negative.Also, the photographic values are used very well.(The left foreground could have been a little brighter) Keep up the good work congratulations!!! Aquascaping Love..


Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Very well usage of different sources of light at different angles. Although I loved the flow of this beautiful aquarium, the foreground placement line was too parallel. But this is a detail due to the well-executed work of the plants, especially on the left side, the right side could have more layers. The fauna could be in a better position as a school to give a greater final impact on the photo. However the colors of the hardscape and plants harmonized very well. Congratulations aquascaper, a very good job.

 
Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
I'm very impression the first time I saw this work. very colorful and harmonious. the difference between wood, stone and plants is very clear. Miroring to the left and top gives a broad and detailed impression, the wood detailing makes a natural impression. it's just that there are still small pest snails when photographed.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Magnificent work, with a brutal initial impact, with a great flow of movement and a most striking atmosphere of the contest. It is a work thought to the millimeter and where each element or aspect of it is made to enhance the previous one, the hardscape, the planting, the fish and all well finished with a spectacular photo, perhaps a bit overloaded in terms of colors and contrasts, but it just to generate that artistic charm that the author wanted to convey. On a negative note, the right side of the foreground, very flat and uninteresting within the ensemble since the entire flow of work moves to the left. Another minor thing, but that calls my attention is the use of mosses on the branches, I think they have not been put in dsm and that makes them look unnatural. Congratulations great work.

Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
It's a very beautiful work, it's breathtaking! It is impossible to look away from it. The perspective in the aquarium is perfectly conveyed, I want to look beyond the horizon and look at the sun, which hid behind the stones and illuminates the lawn with its rays. The rays are very clearly conveyed in the composition. The title of the work conveys the atmosphere created in the aquarium. The color scheme of the plants creates a corresponding coziness. This is one of my favorite works. Bravo to the author!

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The first impression of this piece is striking. The arrangement, considering the colors of the aquatic plants, is excellent, and the hardscape technique is top- notch. Reflecting the artist's intention in the layout without making it feel artificial is a challenge we know well, and this work has handled it exceptionally well.

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
Nice shadows that give a good perspective and sense of depth. The main theme tree figure looks very successful. Maybe the left part seems a bit passive, maybe another body could be added to strengthen the design. The health of the plants, or rather the health of the algae, could have been better, maybe the color tones were not reflected during the photography. The river pebbles used are the right choice for this job. But still congrats on a great job!!!

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Well-defined focal point being the "main tree". Despite being a well-used style, the transition was good and even subtle. I believe that a little more time was needed to mature the sides, both left and right, to give it that old-fashioned look. The fish could be in a more prominent formation.


Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
"The Sound of Silence" - indeed, the atmosphere of peace and tranquility is conveyed in the work. I want to dive under the water and enjoy the comfort. The old tree in the center is fascinating, as if you were in some old forest. Beautiful healthy plants are chosen in the appropriate scale. I really liked the combination of stones with tree roots. It is really beautiful!

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
Majestic tree with perfect root detail. it's just that the plants still need to be cared for properly. this will be perfect if the selection of plant types and care is done properly.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Impressive work, with that spectacular tree that occupies the entire foreground and that creates a sensation of curiosity since it half hides what would be a double vanishing point, creating a very original backlit atmosphere. The details of roots, plants and especially that path with pebbles create a very natural forest. Also highlight the use of lateral reflections to gain amplitude of the landscape. As a negative point, the tree on the left, poorly defined and without character that does not accompany the main one in beauty. The use of mosses for the treetops is not well achieved at all. Congratulations, great work.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
The pressure of a huge tree is seen as the point of this work. The roots of the main tree are also well represented in detail. And the trees on the left and right show us a sense of perspective. The gravel near the roots is also seen slightly artificially. I think it will look natural if a little more time passes. It is thought that the lighting was used on the back of the tank during the photo shoot, but thanks to this, it created a dreamy atmosphere. It's a very impressive work. Congratulations~!

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye) 
The harmony of rocks and roots looks good. The idea is not new but well implemented. As the development of moss species is not yet complete, it is a little more prominent especially in the foreground. Moss at the vanishing point needs some editing. Roots used as stalactites are very successful. But still congrats on a great job!!! 

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Quite an interesting job. What draws attention is the cave, it was very natural, congratulations. My criticism is for the sides that lacked a little, as they could be more detailed. The fauna could be different with contrasting colors since the aquarium is practically monochromatic. Congratulations. 


Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia) 
Nice layout but the plants look less fertile. maybe 1-2 months of treatment and adding a few more types of plants will be more natural. 

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea) 
There was another layout with a similar design. Rock-to-rock driftwood complements the monotonous composition. The representation of the caves and the fine driftwood in the center is also very good, but the aquatic plants seem to have just been planted. It would have been nice if the composition of the monotonous aquatic plants were more diverse. But it's a wonderful work. Congratulations.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain) 
The entire foreground area is too dark. There are plants that seem to have been put in at the last moment. The bucephalandras are all attached rhizome to rhizome and look unnatural. Congratulations. 

Tereza Lazar (Ukraine) 
Another one of my favorite works. There is some mystery here, silence, comfort, calmness - this is the mood of the work. Great perspective, healthy clean plants, nothing superfluous. The fish is well chosen, which only emphasizes the atmosphere of this aquarium. 

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye) 
The fact that the photo is not very clear and the intensity of the contrast tired the design a little while evaluating the design. But in the end I realize very well that this is a powerful effort. Fish selection and an artistic catch are successful. I think the name of the design is a very good choice. Moss has been used very heavily, maybe it would be good to reduce it a little, and the lack of pruning is very obvious. But anyway congratulations for an amazing job!!! 

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea) 
The bends of the central moss are impressive. The opening from the vanishing point at the back to the front is also very stable. The large rock in the center of the front and the ridge leading to the right are overcoming the composition that can be monotonous. Overall, Mosryu and Micrantemum feel overgrown, while the small pebbles on the front are too clean. However, the expression of the ridge using the bending of Morse is very excellent.

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)  
I really like the shadows and layers. there are 8-10 layers. the width of the tank is 40cm but it seems wider and deeper. by making more layers to the back the higher. it's just that the right shadow is too much that makes it unbalanced. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain) 
Magnificent aquarium where the play of light and shadow created by the different planes of curved mosses draws attention, which little by little leads you to a minimum vanishing point that serves as the culmination to achieve a work with a great sensation of depth despite having less centimeters than its competitors. I love the planting in the foreground where the bucephalandras intermingle with the rest of the plants. An example that it is not necessary to have a large number of different plants to get a good result. I would have preferred a lighter beach that would bring more interest to the foreground and above all, the central rock asks me to move it to the right to balance the work with respect to the vanishing point. Great work, congratulations.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
It's a very refreshing and beautiful layout. In fact, I'm doing this judging in a very hot summer in Japan, so this layout makes me feel even more cool and comfortable. Maybe the author knew about my situation. This work uses driftwood very boldly, but I am impressed by how it looks natural rather than artificial. The very careful and delicate planting for the bold composition further enhances the completeness of this work. To be frank, this work has almost no weak points. I think it's a completed layout. Congratulation! 

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye) 
The use of roots gives a good feeling. Would it look better if similar root parts were used in the main theme instead of the Dragon stone selection used in the foreground and the thin roots applied on it? I think it is the right choice for green colors to dominate more. Another issue is that the vanishing point could have been a little clearer. Also, I think there is a slight misfortune with the resolution of the photo quality. But still congrats on a great job!!! 

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
Hardscape composition is good. but need a better idea for this style. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Great work, with a simple hardscape but enough to create a simple but elegant submerged environment with a good proportion of light and shadow. The planting is wonderful and the upper reflection is magnificent. The use of the eleocharis to finish off the vanishing point has particularly caught my attention, I am not sure if it is the best option, at least the horizon has risen to gain width. Good work, congratulations. 

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A beautiful work that allows for a comfortable and pleasant viewing experience without being overwhelming. Though it may not have a unique composition or color palette, the artist's focus on the appropriate growth and placement of the aquatic plants shines through. The combination of different types of driftwood is slightly regrettable, but the use of surface and side reflections contributes to the overall harmony. Impressive! 

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye) 
While I admired the left part of the design, the confusion on the right unfortunately made me nervous. I think the softness of transition in the left part could be applied to the right part. I'm sure you have this skill. I hope you will agree with me when you read this explanation. Congratulations on this successful work! 

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
This tank has certainly been set up by expert hands, there is an excellent balance of the hardscape, the choice of plants is varied and all are in perfect condition, however perhaps the sides are a little lacking, perhaps a few more months would have filled better everything. However, it remains an excellent job, the photography is flawless as well as the position of the fish. 

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
A very good job with driftwood. It's clear that this is an aquascaper who knew how to work the layers, defining them very well. From my point of view, I believe that a vanishing point with a "v" shape of clean area and the less dispersed school would make the difference. Congratulations on the job. 


Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
The layout features the bold combination of driftwoods. The bold and wild composition helps express the water flowing from the right of the front to the left of center, adding a sense of openness to the layout. The color and the reflection of Rotala hara on the back left enrich the work. I'm very happy to see red aquatic plants in KIAC, Congratulations! 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Great work, a well executed underwater, balanced between harscape and planting and with a great photo. It would have gained more impact with a more open and defined vanishing point because the opening in the rotary area is distracting. Congratulations. 

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
This layout is a very unique and original scape, so it is a work that has a strong interest in me. It's not flashy at all, but the skillful placement of moss-covered stones of various sizes gives it a mystical impression. In fact, such scenery probably exists in every country, and many people who see this work may feel a sense of déjà vu. The only thing that bothers me is that the left and right composition looks even and symmetrical, so it would be even more better if the large stone in the center was shifted to the right a little more to create a change between the left and right. 

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
The lush emphasis in the title is on point!!! The meeting of the rocks with the moss was very successful, but unfortunately the tree figures on the horizon are not realistic, it is obvious that they are tree sticks, I wish different tree trunks were used. Thus, it would create a more convincing feeling.This tank shows great skills in rock editing. The choice of fish was very appropriate. It's as if there was a tilt problem in photography. But still congrats on a great job!!! 

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
Very detailed so that it seems wider. a jungle style that favors stone over wood. the result is like being in the forest. good work. 

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
The canyon was expressed naturally through the arrangement of stones. It looks simple, but it's actually a very difficult process. The moss is expressed naturally, and the slightly dark feeling of the picture also suits it well. On the other hand, driftwood expressing trees looks unnatural. The unique layout expresses the verdant very well. It's a wonderful work to be celebrated. Congratuation!. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I like the work of stones and mosses, it is very natural, however it is broken by a path that is too curved and forced. The fish are not well placed and the vanishing point needs to breathe, it needs an opening, no more plants. Congratulations 

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
In recent years, there are many works that determine the impression of the layout with a hardscape expression but I was impressed by the beauty of the plants in this work which is orthodox in style but harmonious. The changes in plant leaf shape and color are beautifully harmonized, and the left and right compositional balance is perfect. I think layouts that are faithful to the basics that emphasize the beauty of plants like this should be evaluated more in every contest and hope this layout will be one of the triggers for more works in this style in the future. 

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
The plants look healthy in general. I consider it as a work with repetition as a design. Unfortunately, the stick pieces in the last plan used for the effect could not reflect the tree figure.good photography skills Congratulations on this successful work! 

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
Even without reading the title of the work, the autumn mood is perfectly perceived, the shades of the background make me feel like towards the end of September, when the summer is slowly leaving. Plants in great shape, well-kept and not heavy hardscape. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
 Little to say about the hardscape, the planted one has eaten it. The rotales are very grown and the stems can be seen in the clumps. The tripartite has invaded the entire montage like poison ivy. Congratulations. 

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