CIPS Biotope Aquarium Contest 2019 (CBAC) Accepting Entries

Date: 2019-06-17 Compiler:

Last year, the first of CBAC (CIPS Biotope Aquarium Contest 2018) was launched by CIPS & ifish. During the contest, we have received about 100 works from all over the world and gained both foreign and Chinese aqua lovers’ highly recognition.


Our Vision

We believe that a perfect aqua tank should have a good micro-ecosystem. What’s more, biotope aquarium should mean more than a simple copy of nature. We're honored to offer a chance for aqua lovers who want to get closer and learn more about our mother nature through this contest. The greater meaning of CBAC 2019 is, we hope more and more people can enjoy aquariums. We hope people can gain happiness from sensing our mother nature in such a special way.


CBAC Collaborating with BADC

BADC (Biotope Aquarium Design Contest) is the first biotope contest in the world, while CBAC is the first in Asia. This year, the two organizers will work together. Candidates can join both CBAC and BADC with the same work at the same time! BADC’s Top 10 will gain a chance being invited for the live contest at CIPS in Shanghai (NOV.20-23, 2019)!


CABC 2019 Schedule

Deadline for Entry: Aug. 30

Results releasing:  Sept. 28

Award Ceremony & Live Show: Nov. 20th – 23th (CIPS 2019 Show Site), Shanghai


CABC 2019 Prizes

Champion RMB 12000 + Trophy+ Certificate

2nd PlaceRMB 6000 + Trophy+ Certificate

3rd PlaceRMB 4000 + Trophy+ Certificate

4th Place to 10th PlaceRMB 1000 + Trophy+ Certificate


CABC 2019 Entry Requirements:

1)        CBAC is open to worldwide applicants’ works within the past 12 months;

2)        No editing and modification of the photos are allowed. The picture resolution is 300 pixel or above. File is less than 10M , formatted as JPEG ;

3)        When submitting entries, please follow the instructions to upload pictures and related parameters;

4)        Each contestant can submit up to 5 entries of different themes;

5)        Only fresh water landscape works are accepted.

6)        Only the underwater part will be scored.


CABC 2019 Application

Entries can be submitted through the following link:

The following information will be required when submitting your entries to CBAC. You can prepare before submitting:

Title: No more than 15 words

The title should contain: the type, name and the locationdistrictcountryof the water habitat biotope you copy. For example, Slow-move Puddle, near White cloud Mountain, in Guangzhou, China


Biotope description: (No less than 100 words)

The description should contain: 

1Underwater landscape, the visual characteristics of the ground, stones, driftwood, fallen leaf, etc. 

2List of aquatic organisms, fish, plants, insect & etc.

3The surrounding environment and water parameters, light, temperature, hardness, acidity of water.

4What do the biotope impress you or why do you chose the biotope.


Information sources

Please specify the information sources that you learn about your biotope, like books, article, video, photo, etc. that will help the jury to evaluate your aquarium more accurately.


Aquarium information

Please specify your aquarium information as follow:

1The dimensions of your aquarium in centimeters.

2The list of decoration materials used, such as rock, sand, wood, dry leaf, etc.

3The list of technical equipment used (when photographing could be removed temporarily), such as filtration, lighting, etc.

4The water parameters: temperature, GH, pH.

5The list of all living aquatic organisms in Latin scientific name, such as fish, plants and large invertebrates. And all of them should be visible in the photos.


Photos of your tank

High-quality photos are one of the most important components of successful participation. You are allowed to upload six photos at most in form of JPEG. Each file should be clearly visible and not exceed 5 megabytes. The original photos are not allowed to edit except cropping.

Cropping guidelines

1At least one photo is the whole front of your aquarium.

2The jury will evaluate only underwater part of your aquarium. The part above water can only affect the overall impression.

The organizers can re-crop your photo, if your crop does not meet the specified conditions. The organizers have the right to release photos of your entries.


Video of your tank

An aquarium video is necessary, not for grading but for an evaluation reference by the jury. Any indication of the author in the video are not allowed. Each file should not exceed 1 minutes.

Please send your video to the organizer mail or , or send the link to download it.


Author identification confirmation

When submitting application please upload a photo to confirm your authorship, a photo of your aquarium with a sheet of paper with CIPS Biotope Aquarium Contest 2019 written on it. This photo is only for the organizers of the contest and will not be published. We also ask participants to send photos of aquaria not submitted to other competitions at the same time.




Contestants that achieve Top 10 ranking automatically have a chance being invited for the live contest at CIPS in Shanghai (NOV.20-23, 2019).



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