Behind the Scenes of the EAPLC | ScapeFu049

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Behind Scene EAPLC

In 2015, the third edition of the European Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (EAPLC) was held for the whole of Europe. In this episode, Jurijs and Art share with you a behind the scenes look at at the EAPLC from their perspectives as event organizer/judge (Jurijs) and independent judge (Art).

In ScapeFu episode #49, you will learn:

  • The history of the EAPLC
  • The 2015 judges (what a group!)
  • How do judges go about scoring the works
  • What’s in store for the 2016 EAPLC

Show Notes

We discussed 5 Reasons to Join an Aquascaping Contest in the past.

The 2015 Judges Panel:

  • ADA Japan (in deputy for Takashi Amano)
  • Oliver Knott (Germany)
  • Viktor Lantos (greenaqua Hungary)
  • Ralf Gerlach (Tropica,Denmark)
  • Dave Chow (China)
  • Luca Galarraga (Brazil)
  • Jurijs Jutjajevs (Germany) – Jurijs!
  • Art Pennom (USA) – me!
  • George Farmer (UK)
  • Adam Paszczela (Poland)

The 2015 Organization Team:

  • Boris Hildebrandt
  • Jörg Buhlmann
  • Jurijs Jutjajevs

The 2015 Sponsors:

This year Wabikusa category received almost twice amount of entries. This leaves no doubt Wabikusa is trending!

Platz 1 – Frederic Fuss (Germany)

Platz 2 – Andre Franken (Germany)

Platz 3 – Peter Slacka (Slovakia)

Platz 4 – Albert Escrihuela (Spain)

Platz 5 – Pedro Rosa (Portugal)

Platz 6 – Roberto Bielli (Italy)

Platz 7 – Enrico Fortuna (Italy)

Platz 8 – Wilco Piest (Netherlands)

Platz 9 – Sascha Hoyer (Germany)

Platz 10 – Miguel Angel Garcia (Spain)

“Less is more” is how to describe the Nano category. Presented works look huge and are more difficult to accomplish compared to regular sized aquariums.

Platz 1 – Frederic Fuss (Germany)

Platz 2 – Vladimir Tomek (Czech Republic)

Platz 3 – Alexander Maletin (Russian Federation)

Platz 4 – Mikolaj Weterle (Poland)

Platz 5 – Andre Franken (Germany)

Platz 6 – Daniel Nagy (Hungary)

Platz 7 – David Barandiaran (France)

Platz 8 – Swee Lim Cheah (France)

Platz 9 – Lajos Nincsics (Hungary)

Platz 10 – Tamas Janos Danicska (Hungary)

Finally the top 10 of the most desired category. Making a head to head race, the winner is Gregoire Wolinski! Three times in a row winning EAPLC is such a great achievement, for this reason we decided to nominate Gregoire Wolinski as a honor member of the judges board 2016.
Platz 1 – Gregoire Wolinski (France)

Platz 2 – Ulrich Poupin (France)

Platz 3 – Annika Reinke und Marcel Runde (Germany)

Platz 4 – Julien Voultoury (France)

Platz 5 – Michael Reinke (France)

Platz 6 – Olivier Thebaud (France)

Platz 7 – Serkan Cetinkol (Turkey)

Platz 8 – Amparo Piera (Spain)

Platz 9 – Grigoriy Polishchuk (Ukraine)

Platz 10 – Vladimir Trcka (Czech Republic)

Here is Gravity – the winning work from Gregoire Wolinski. You can see my comments at the bottom of the image. Congratulations, Gregoire!

Gravity by Gregoire Wolinski

Here are the top 10 winners from the standard category (click to see the pictures on Flickr):

Standard Category

Here are the top 10 winners from the nano category (click to see the pictures on Flickr):

Nano Category

Here are the top 10 winners from the wabikusa category (click to see the pictures on Flickr):

Wabikusa Category

Here are photos from the awarding ceremony (copyright by Fenja Hardel |

2015 EAPLC Awarding Ceremony

EAPLC 2015 Standard Winners

So, what did you think of the episode? Are you inspired to join an aquascaping contest? If you did enter, what was your experience like?


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5 Comments on “Behind the Scenes of the EAPLC | ScapeFu049”

  1. Lukas

    Hello everyone!
    My name is Lukas and i’ve made recording that was used in this podcast, hence i would like to apologise for the quality of sound of my recording. I don’t know what i am doing wrong. I’ve borrowed good quality mike from a friend who sings and i hoped that this will help to improve sound quality but i failed to do so.
    Thankfully, Art and JJ will help to understand what i have recorded 🙂
    Btw. I was always wondering how my last name would have been pronounced by a native american 🙂 Now i know 🙂
    Take care

    1. Art Pennom


      First, sorry about butchering your name! How is it pronounced?

      Second, are you on a Mac or PC? You can also record to your smartphone, if you use one.

      Thanks for your support of ScapeFu and all our efforts here.



  2. Lukas

    Thank you for having me in the podcast!
    Don’t worry about pronunciation of my name 🙂 Is hard for everyone who’s first language isn’t polish:) In our alphabet letters “ch” are one letter and that might cause biggest problems 🙂
    Second, i guess i use a Mac, if Mac is refered as a laptop device. If i am to appear again on the air i definitely need to deal with that issue 🙂
    Take care,

    1. Art Pennom


      By Mac I mean an Apple Macintosh computer. It has a great program called GarageBand that you can record into. Otherwise, Audacity is a free program you can use on Windows.



  3. Lukas


    So i’m using a laptop with Windows OS and i have used Audacity.
    Need to improve 🙂

    Take care,


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