Competition website: http://www.usashrimpcontest.com/
Event website: http://aquaticexperience.org/
Comeptition Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1stInternationalShrimpContestUSA/
The 1st International Shrimp Contest will take place November 4-6, 2016 as part of the Aquatic Experience-Chicago, held at The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 1551 N Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173. The event was conceived with the idea of presenting the hobby keeping freshwater invertebrates to those interested in this sphere, and also to organize an international competition for shrimp breeders.
The shrimp contest is organized by DENNERLE (Chris Lukhaup / Dilwyn Tng / Therese Neal), JBJ & World Pet Association.
Competition hosts (Organizing Committee) JBJ/DENNERLE, USA / Germany, represented by Chris Lukhaup, Dilwyn Tng, & Therese Neal
Category 1: Neocaridina davidi, red and orange variants like Red Fire/Red Cherry and Sakura
Category 2: Neocaridina davidi other colors such as Yellow Fire, brown, black, blue
Category 3: Caridina mariae, Tiger shrimps, all colors
Category 4: Caridina logemanni, Super Crystal Red and Super Crystal Black
Category 5: Caridina logemanni Red Bee and Black Bee, all grades
Category 6: Blue bolt, Red bolt, Snow-White, Bee-influenced shadow with parts of blue
Category 7: Classic shadows, like full, lined, saddled, banded resp. Wine red, Red Ruby, Panda, King Kong, Extreme Ruby and Extreme King Kong
Category 8: Tiger-Bee influenced shadow patterns variants that have their own origins in Tiger Shrimp, Tiger bees, (Tibee) and/or Taiwan Shrimp (Shadow Bee) (multistriped Zebra, Spotted Head, Pinto)
Category 9: Bee influenced Shadows that match the Bee standard with regard to pattern (i.e., Mosura, Hinomaru, etc)
Category 10: Crosses and new color variants of Bee shrimp, Tiger shrimps, as well as new color variants from the shadow Bee family (Hulk, Skunk)
Registration, Fees, Acceptance and Deadlines Any individual owning shrimps with their own offspring that fall within one of the ten accepted categories may participate in the competition. Companies may not participate
You may register as a competitor at http://www.usashrimpcontest.com/ Registrant list is ONLY made available to the organizing committee
▪ $15.00 per show group, provided the shrimps are donated for auctioning in the WPA raffle booth after the contest. Proceeds go to the Pet Care Trust Pets in the Classroom program, Coral Restoration Foundation and PIJAC’s Marine Ornamental Defense Fund.
▪ $25.00 per show group if the owner intends to take them back after the contest.
*A show group consists of three to five shrimps, if there are more than three shrimps per group, the best three will be judged.
The participation fee will be paid via Paypal. It is not possible to view any other information of relevance to the competition through the transfer of the deposit.
Deadline: Registration must be completed via the website http://usashrimpcontest.com/ by deadline of September 30, 2016. A maximum of 58 show tanks are available for the Shrimp Contest 2016. Entries for the contest are accepted in their order of arrival. Although the registration period ends on September 30, 2016, registration may be terminated ahead of this date if the maximum number of show group entries is reached earlier. Auction/Raffle When completing the registration process for the contest, you must state (by selecting appropriate box on the form) whether or not the shrimps are to be donated for auctioning in favor of WPA. Those that are not to be auctioned must collected in person on Sunday beginning at 3pm. Alternatively, the owner must contact the organizing team and make arrangements for collection with them in advance. Any authorized representative may also collect the shrimps upon production of written authorization plus a copy of the participant’s identity card. Any shrimps that are not collected will automatically become property of WPA and donated. No reimbursement of the entry fee is possible. For organizational reasons, it will not be possible to send the shrimps back to their owners by post.
All shrimps in the contest that have not expressly been ruled out of the raffle at the time of registration, will be included in the raffle on Sunday. Any shrimp that were excluded from the raffle but have not been collected by 3:30 pm on Sunday will become the property of WPA and will be donated.
The raffle takes place on Sunday November 6, 2016. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale during the event located at the raffle booth. There is no right of any kind to return or exchange the goods. At the end of the raffle, helpers will place the shrimps purchased in the course of the raffle in waterproof transport bags and hand them over to the purchaser. All purchasers of raffled goods should themselves make arrangements for appropriately insulated transport.
Consent to Breeding Inspection By registering for the contest, every participant gives their consent to an inspection of their shrimps breeding by a representative of the organizing committee. Inspection takes place following notification. Refusal of the inspection will result in disqualification and the entry will not be reimbursed. The breeding inspection by the representatives of the organizing committee will be carried out on a random basis.
Undertaking to Show Self-Bred Specimen By registering, the participant affirms that the show specimens are self-bred. If there are justified grounds to doubt this, the participant shall be disqualified and the entry fee will not be reimbursed.
Packaging, Allocation of Contest Tanks, & Delivery and Contact Info After the registration deadline, the organizing committee will allocate the number of tanks for each category, based on the registrations received.
Contestants must ensure adequate and proper packaging of shrimps with each show group entry packed separately in transport bags. The transport bag must be inscribed with the following details: category, genus and, if applicable, the variant or grade. Please ensure these details are clearly legible and applied with a waterproof marker. The participant’s full name should NOT be written on the transport bags. Write your name and address only on the package exterior or include a letter with your name and address inside your package.
Verification is done with each registered show group to ensure shrimps belong to the relevant group. Should problems such as missing or wrong labeling arise and no correct allocation is possible, the shrimps will be displayed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor with no possibility of being judged.
Although we attempt to place all shrimps in the show tanks as soon as possible, this can take some time when dealing with large numbers at once.
Shrimp deliveries may only be opened by the organizing committee. Shrimp deliveries handed to committee in person must do so between 8:00am until 11:30am on Friday November 4 at the Aquatic Experience show, Renaissance
Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173. Any deliveries after this time will be placed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor with no possibility of being judged.
Should you wish to deliver your show group entry in person, please make sure the transport bag is handed to one of the organizing committee members ONLY. To guarantee identity of those submitting show groups is not known to any of the helpers, the organizing committee member will instruct the helper which tank to place the particular show group in.
Shrimp delivery needs from Europe: contact Chris Lukhaup via email email@example.com for further information.
Shrimp delivery needs from Asia: contact Dilwyn Tng via email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Delivery arrangements can be made within the US, with Kory Smith, who can receive shipments as well as house them until the event begins. He can be contacted via email email@example.com
Show Tank Specification and Tagging Up to 58 Aquariums, (50) 3 gallon tanks and (8) 10 gallon tanks, will be made available for the contest. The show group entries will be presented in these according to the category. The water parameters will be maintained within acceptable limits for the different categories.
Substrate: A suitable substrate will be used for every category (DENNERLE Shrimp King Soil)
Lighting: Individual lamp integrated into the cover or mounted above the cover panel
Filter: Air Driven sponge filter, motor filter
Water Quality: Soft or medium hard water with a PH approaching neutral
The tanks will be numbered/tagged consecutively. Following judging, each tank will be labeled with the category, the breeder’s name and the number of points awarded or the placement.
Judges, Procedure and Entry Groups The Judges will be appointed by the organizing committee/ Dilwyn Tng
The allocation of judges to a particular group(s) of competing shrimp is carried out by the organizing committee to ensure that no juror judges a group in which they or a member of their family has an entry in.
A show group consists of three to five shrimps, to allow for an assessment of the standard of breeding achieved. The best three invertebrates in a show group are compared with each other by the judges with the help of a points system.
The assessment guidelines and allocation of points take the characteristics of the following 10 different groups into account.
Group 1 Color and color intensity (max. 3.0 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 8 points
Group 6 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 8 points
Group 2 Color and color intensity (max. 3.0 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 8 points
Group 7 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
Group 3 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Pattern (2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
Group 8 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
Group 4 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
Group 9 Color and color intensity (max. 2,0 points) Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 3.0 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
Group 5 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
Group 10 Color and color intensity (max. 2.5 points) Pattern (2.5 points) Size and body shape (max. 2.0 points) Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points) Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points) Total max. 10 points
The categories will be assessed by two judges, who are not allowed to exhibit in this category (family members are also excluded). Each show group entry will be judged according to the points system listed above. Each of the two judges awards their own points. The points are added together and then divided by two. It is not intended that an order will be determined by the two judges. The tanks are of course anonymous.
Once the points have been awarded, if there is a tie (in the first three places) in one category, the highest single judge points will determine the order of the places with the same total points. If this does not work (because all of the points are the same) three other point judges, who are not exhibiting in the relevant category, will decide the first three places in the category in question.
Once the first place has been decided in the categories, each of the competition judges, none of whom entered in a category, will be given a list with the tank numbers of the category winners and will then decide which are the three favorites (1st place = 3 points, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 1 point). The show group with the highest combined numbers from this assessment will be the overall champion.
There will be no access to the contest tanks for spectators for approximately 2 hours on Saturday during the period when the judging members are doing the judging. This is to avoid any distractions from their task.
Visitors can vote on their favorites during the show days of Friday and Saturday. All votes cast that carry the name and full address of the voter will be entered in a draw for the prize, which will be presented directly at the event. Should the winner not be present or able to collect his prize, a new winner will be drawn.
After the selection, the winners of the different categories will be announced in the exhibition area and on the website. Judges’ names for the individual categories will also be announced.
Photos Official photographs will be taken of the show groups. The organizers will hold the copyright to these photos, which will be made available for publishing in magazines, etc. We are planning to present the winners of the competition at least in the appropriate print media and on Internet sites. Visitors may take photos of all the invertebrates on display. No manipulation with fingers, sticks or similar objects is permitted in the tanks. Only the official photographers appointed by the organizing committee may be permitted some careful manipulation by means of clean wooden skewers. The organizing team is obliged to prevent any manipulation by visitors.
Exclusion of Liability The organizer is not responsible for any loss, illness or failure of shrimp during transportation or during the exhibition period.
Instructions For Contestants: - Upon arrival, contestants will need to check in at the Will Call to receive their show pass in order to access the show floor. - Shrimp contest tanks must be ready by 11:30am Friday November 4th. - Saturday at 12pm the judging begins. - Winners will be announced by 3pm and cash prizes distributed. Shrimp King Award winner will receive $500.00 - Raffle will take place on Sunday, and the shrimp will be available for pick up by 3pm. - Please plan accordingly.
If you have any questions, please e-mail USAshrimpcontest@gmail.com
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