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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
All plants are in excellent condition and the layout is very beautiful with the contrast between the big driftwood shadows and the vivid green of the plants. Especially the composition of the driftwood is wonderful and the arrangement that makes the water flow from left to right is splendid. However in terms of the balance of the center of gravity of the composition as a whole, instead of placing the largest piece of driftwood on the right side, it would be better to place it on the left side. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain) 
I don't know why, but this configuration seems to make us look for Angelfish. Plants are very healthy, but they seem to lack naturalness and harmony.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia) 
I Really Like Montecarlo and This Red Pinatifida. All the plants look very healthy and beautifully grow plant. Nice work.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
The expression of the large tree in the center of the tank is very original and powerful, and has become the main icon of this work. From this large tree, we can feel the passage of many years and the power of life, and the whole work has a mysterious atmosphere. This work is not flashy at all, but unlike the technical layouts that we often see in recent years, it very well expresses the vitality and sense of nature that are the fundamental indicators of aquascape. And in my personal opinion, I think this work shows one direction about how to express aquascape in the future. As an improvement, the planting of the background is a little monotonous and does not feel depth, so it is a good idea to plant a tall Eleocharis companion and add a depth with the layout.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain) 
The hardscape has not been properly worked on, some branches are left over and those that are supposed to be roots are not well integrated. The planting is not the most successful, most are plants with narrow and large leaves, which breaks with the proportions.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea) 
The giant tree in the center shows us a special composition that delivers powerful power. But that power seems to offset that power by the small driftwoods and the aquatic plants at the upper and the back of the right, which are preventing the selection of aquatic plants like microsorium from clearly communicating the aquascaper's intentions, but it's a very special work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain) 
A mixture of many things and few in particular. The mixture of plants detracts from its naturalness and the hardscape has been largely lost. The foreground is not well worked and lacks a wide area of sand that gives credibility to the transition of shots.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia)
The Tank is very full, it would be better to leave some space or white area. stemplants over grow, it's better in triming and waiting for golden moment for take photo. Overgrow stems make the impression wild and full. The use of congo tetra fish should choose a male with a small size it is better.

Jaesun Cho (Korea) 
Although I did not win first place in my overall evaluation, I would like to choose this work as the best if I were asked to choose a work based on preference. It was a work that I could enjoy and appreciate for a long time, regardless of the judgment. Thank you for your wonderful work.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea) 
This work is filled with many things in one tank. The spot area is eye-catching in contrast to other areas, causing a sense of balance to be lost. The aquatic steam plants are overgrown, so it would have been better if they were photographed a little earlier, making it seem like they've improvised anubias and bucephalandra, which I think would've been better if the fish had a more left field and had more populations.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
It is a very ambitious work that uses driftwood boldly and a lot. The expression of the view of nature as if it were in a dense forest is so amazing but there are too many driftwoods, so it feels a little noisy and cramped. I think it would be even better if the overall composition of the work is clearly distinguished between the space that is more visible and the space that is filled with driftwood.

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye) 
The forest/forest layers in the foreground are great, but it's a nice composition even if there is a bit of confusion in the background. Congratulations on the health of the plants.Thanks for your hard work.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain) 
Good work .Great forest, with a great level of details and elements, which although not all of them look natural like some lianas that form right angles and that are clearly superimposed, form a very natural landscape. Some pinnatifids are excessive, I think I would have chosen another plant. And the ricardia, although it is the best witness of the healthiness of the planted, conditions too much the development of the work. Congratulations.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia) 
A common but still good looking jungle style with natural details. The selection of mosses and plants that look mature make it seem more wild. just too green, need more shadow and wood character. lacking depth and white areas. But Overall Good Job.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The best thing is that when I see it I have the feeling of being under water, but the choice of some plants such as the juncus repens in close-ups is not correct.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia)
The Overall atmosphere well balance, very colourfull. The lotus plant makes the layout an underwater freshwater like nature.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
I feel comfortable and happy when I see this work. It's a bit disappointing that the branches are similar in size and repetitive. But it became a great work with the feeling of hearing the sounds of nature and the light colors.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
This work uses lotus to express the natural aquascape, which is distinct from the dioramaic aquascapes. The fish schooling is also very well represented.

Hugo Liao (Taipei)
This is an underwater-style scene that makes one seem to be looking up from the bottom of the water. The bold use of aquatic plants has achieved good results, and I like it very much. 

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A correct planting but the hardscape lacks definition, excessive large elements that generate many shadows and take away space for light. 

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a work that expresses the underwater image well. The light in the cave on the right and the minor disturbances of the small trees interfere with the flow of gaze. Nevertheless, This work that's very natural.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I love the plantation, all the species are located and they revose health. But I see two aquariums, the right part looks flat and not very relevant to the rest of the montage.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
I think monotony and naturalness are very small differences. This work feels natural. And the more appreciate it, the more wonderful it looks. I think it would have been better if there were less stones.

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
A very fantastic work. A well thought out composition. I think the plants are not fully developed yet, as it is still early, a better result could be achieved with the development of the plants and a good pruning. Thanks for your hard work. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A composition more artistic than natural. The last shot is poorly executed. There are plants that should not be where they are and that seem to be placed for the photo. Even so, the forms of the montage capture my attention.

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
I found the aquarium different and creative. Very good photo moment with the fauna following the "wave". The hemianthus are very saturated. Could have worked a little more on the cosmetic sand part. However a layout with a pleasant atmosphere. Congratulations aquascaper!

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Other judges may judge negatively by artificial production. But I think of it as a fantastic, very wonderful work of art beyond aquascaping. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I love these rocks, but they may not be the best for this setup. Large elements are better in the foreground if what we want is to gain impact. The plantation looks healthy, but the choice of the Vallisnerias behind for a forest is not the most appropriate.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia)
I really like the top water mirror, Good selection of plants. Stemplants are very well managed, but mosses and foreground contain algae. Good Work.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a unique and powerful work. But I think that part was so intense that it acted as a disadvantage. I think it would be good to add one more layer.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A work that I highlight the planted, which speak of the good hand of its creator. But the hardscape needs to work better, so that the lines converge better at the vanishing point.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia)
The algae that sticks to the wood and rocks seem natural, whether it's intentional or not, I don't know. but i see no algae on the plants. I was very impressed with the selection of Hermianthus Callitrichoides Cuba, a plant that requires high light, cold and lots of nutrients. good job.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's an eye-catching work with a wonderful color. The lack of liveliness of Bolbitis seems to be a drawback, but the overall atmosphere is very good.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Excellent underwater, in which I would not only highlight the wooden hardscape work that creates those imposing shadows (a little more information within them would not have been bad) and that give a certain transition of movement by inviting the view to the side to the side, but it is also accompanied by a very good planting, healthy and very naturalized, especially in the central area, where the different species intermingle and enrich the montage with its many details. Congratulations.

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Heavy hardscape but with good distribution. I found the shadow on the right too big. The left side could work more on the reflection area in the glass. The layers of floor plans/carpets I liked but it lacked more definition with smaller hardscape elements to give more richness of details.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a work that expresses the underwater image well. It's a bit unfortunate that the plant is not fully positioned, but it seems to be a work that has excellent production skills. It's cool.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
It is a very attractive work that combines the strength of strangely shaped driftwood and the beauty of delicate plants. The overall impression is great, so it's not easy to improve it further but if possible I think it would be good to emphasize the driftwood overhang at the top to increase the impact. And try to make the white road in the middle look more clear. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I think the photo should have been taken before, there is a sign of excessive maturity in the aquarium. The hardscape is simple and the integration of species adequate, but its moment has escaped. 

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a bit unfortunate that Moss browning, but the color seems to have created the atmosphere of the work. But because of that, it can be deducted. If Moss health condition was good, another atmosphere would be created and a better work would be completed.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
The complex and three-dimensional rock formations that have been calculated very precisely are a sight to behold. Such a great hardscape of rocks is by no means a coincidence and proves that the artist is fully aware of the overall composition. On the other hand, as for the plants the harmony of red and green is very beautiful but some of the plants were planted just before the shooting so it's not perfect. I'd like to see a scape that has been maintained for more time.. it‘s must be even more beautiful.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A simple Hard and a correct planting. I think the vanishing point should have been higher.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It is a wonderful work with excellent stone arrangement and vividness. However, a single Microsorum in the center interferes with the natural flow of the gaze. If you exclude that part, I think it would be a better work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The ludwigia is left over. The planter looks grim and could have used an open vanishing point. The photo asks for a little more light.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia)
The Water Plant's grow and health condition are very good, but there is a bucephalandra plant that I saw that had just been taped or had not yet matured. the right side of the red plant is horizontal. maybe because at the time of taking the photo the water was lowered. For Depth 600mm i think many space for make layer, to make it look deeper and wider. but overall very good and sure to enter the top 10.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good work. A forest that has given me a certain feeling of "deja vu". The best of the work is clearly in the details of the planting and its interaction with the solid elements, the transition of planes that make up both elements is stupendous; as on the path that a transition of planes takes place that invite you to walk along it until a luminous vanishing point. I don't know if the chosen atmosphere is the best, too many shadows that in many cases are on the plantation and hide it. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The representation of the landscape is very good. The details at the bottom are especially cool. It's a perfect work without drawbacks, but I think its perfection will work as mediocrity. I wish there was a more unique expression.

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
It is very lively, natural and the plants are very healthy. As a result, the transition of colors and the final photo that is formed looks very good.Thanks for your hard work.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Nice aquarium with a simple hardscape and a correct planting, well detailed but that loses strength at the vanishing point, which asks for more height, smaller and lighting to gain depth.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's one of my favorite works at KIAC this year. The impact is not strong, but it shows perfection in all areas.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Dark and immature, maybe a few more months he would give his best face.

Agussalim jamaluddin (Indonesia)
I'm very impression the first time I saw this work. Hardscape is very strong with the placement of shadows, the character of the wood is highlighted so luxurious. very original and natural habitat of fish. A True Masterpiece with extremely high skill.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
It's a powerful composition using driftwood. But given the clean floor and the condition of the aquatic plants in the foreground, it's still too fresh to be a complete work. I wish you had more time

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The hardscape is more striking if we take into account the measurements of the urn, this shows the good skills of the creator in terms of woodworking. But this hardscape limits the existence of adequate planting in every way. I encourage you to develop it in a larger urn and give more space to the light.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a work that creates great details in a small tank. I want to give a high score for the unique style and perspective expression, but I'm sorry for the monotonous composition of plants.

Hugo Liao (Taipei)
In the range of 30 cm, it is possible to extend the sinking wood, so that the vision can feel the depth of field. This is a very successful creation. What a pity is the choice and health of the fish. But the overall picture makes me really like this work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
There is much merit in making this hardscape, but... there is no balance between the planting and the structure, it is not natural, it looks forced and although it may be curious and striking, for me it is not enough. Still, it's good work.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Sometimes I wonder if I have to imitate nature. This work is not natural, but I think it shows a very cool style based on nature. Thank you for your wonderful work.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea) 
I think this work is too focused on the composition of the rock. The composition of the Chaos pattern is good, but the completion of the aquascape is in good condition with the proper selection of aquatic plants. Compared to the composition of the rock, the aquatic plants look too poor and it seems that there is still not enough time to call it a finished work.

Hugo Liao (Taipei)
This work is very creative, like another world, and the details of the stone are also handled very well. If the background grass on the right side can be planted more densely, so that the glass does not feel messy after reflection. I believe it will be more impressive. 

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The tree looks very natural, but the environment looks somewhat chaotic. The choice of plants and the mixture of species is not the most appropriate to give realism. The vanishing point hasn't been worked on properly and seems to have been done in a rush.

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Heavy hardscape but it has a good distribution. The fish could be more contrasting and of another color. Layout with good impact and good detailing, congratulations.

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