The 41st Annual Convention celebrating the 60th anniversary of the NEC
is now behind us.
The convention had the largest attendance in the past 6 years!
Here are some of the highlights:
Natures Talk Show interviewed a variety of attendees over the convention weekend:
with Karen Pattist (KOI)
with Lisa Hoeber (Super Cichlids)
with Jason Oneppo (San Francisco Bay Brand)
with speaker Stephan Tanner (Swiss Tropicals)
with Ted Coletti
with The Plant Lady (Amanda Wenger)
with Scott Dowd
with Leslie Dick (Chairman of the Convention)
with Keith Langley (Cobalt)
with Barbara Romeo
with speaker John Lyons (University of Wisconsin)
with Scott and Elizabeth
on Friday evening
with host Ray on Friday
with the talk show's raffle winners
at the new fish tank
Len Futterman from CNYAS, posted this video of the Sunday auction:
And here is an e-mail that was sent to Leslie from a fellow attendee:
During my long life insurance career I attended over 40 conventions run by professionals with big pocket books.
Thus I held back on attending a fish convention run by unpaid amateurs.
However a few members of [my local club], including [one of the convention speakers], recommended I attend this year’s NEC 60 year anniversary convention.
This was my first tropical fish convention in my 70 years in this hobby.
I’m so happ I did attend and think you all did a great job.
Please pass on my compliments to the others involved for a job well done.
If you have made a video of the convention or the auction and would like to have it hightlighted here, please e-mail Leslie
A few tips for new photographers:
It is expected that an image editing program will be used to clean up the photo. White specs, small scratches, etc. should be removed. Most digital photos can also use a slight boost to contrast, color correction and light sharpening, but don't overdo it. The eye of the main subject animal should be in sharp focus.
The judges generally do not like to see evidence that the fish are in an aquarium, so be careful of showing filters, heaters, airline, and the side of the aquarium.
Composition is important. Don't be afraid to use vertical format if it suits the subject better. You can get lots of tips on composition online.
Behavior is always interesting but doesn't supersede other factors. A sharp, well-exposed and photo of a guppy will always do better than an out of focus, poorly exposed photo of a breeding pair of rare cichlids.
Be careful of camera phones, especially older models. They often produce grainy photos. We have seen photos that would have been winners, but were too noisy. If you have to use a camera phone increase the amount of light if possible. These phones typically produce noisier photos in darker conditions.
Finally, photos taken in public aquaria, aquarium stores, other people's aquaria and in the field are all eligible for the contest. You don't have to own the fish or aquarium, but just have taken the photo.
For Photo Contest Rules click HERE
Do you need some ideas for your family and spouse to visit during the convention? Listed below are quite a few places and contact information, including museums, outdoor activities, and shopping malls! Farther afoot are the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, the CoCo Key Water Resort in Waterbury, CT, and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT.
If your spouse is joining you at the hotel, please let our Convention Chairman know so that the accompanying spouses can meet and get together for lunch and an outing to one of these venues. Please E-mail Leslie Dick with your spouse's name.
This convention could be a great way for your spouse to meet a new friend!
Read more to see the list of attractions.
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Rock out with our 60th Anniversary convention YouTube video!
We're looking forward to welcoming you
to our convention weekend!
Click on the YouTube icon to enjoy the show.
Just In! NECA to hold a Cichlid Show at the convention!
The show is filling up quickly! If you are planning on showing your fish,
please get your entries in soon.
Deadline for entry is March 18th!
Africa Rift Lake
Africa Non-rift Lake, Madagascar, and Asia
The show is limited to 36 entries, $4 per entry.
Entry fees payable in our online registration.
You must be registered for the convention to enter the show!
(scroll down to the bottom of the registration page)
Deadline for entry is March 18, 2016.
NECA will provide 10 and 20G tanks,
you may bring larger tanks - you must contact
Jim Cormier to arrange for these tanks.
E-mail your entries and tank requirements to