NEC Convention 2017 Nano Tank Aquascaping Contest Rules
1) This contest is open to all convention attendees.
2) Maximum contestants is set at 10, first come, first entered. There is no entry fee.
2) Cash prizes awarded: First, $50; Second, $25; Third, $15, Fourth, $10
3) People’s Choice voting to determine winners.
4) Contestants will provide aquarium, and all goods needed to complete the aquascaping, including air pump, airstone/tubing or sponge filter. Contestants will have access to hotel water (which will need to be treated), or may bring treated water from home.
4) The NEC will provide table space, plastic tablecloths, extension cords and distribution bars.
5) Tank size: 5 gallons maximum size, and may include substrate, hardscaping (wood, rocks), plants, and nano species (fish and/or shrimps).
6) Contestants will have 6 hours to complete their aqauscaping from 12 noon – 6pm on Friday. Voting will be from Saturday from 8am – 12 pm.
7) Awards will be announced in the Vendor Room at 10pm on Saturday evening.
Once you have registered for the convention, click on:
to send an e-mail to sign up for the aquascaping contest.
Hot out of the Digital Camera!
For the second year in a row, an anonymous donor has stepped up to the camera.
The open classes in our annual photography competition awards will again be DOUBLED!
This means that:
Class 2. Individual Fish / Fish Identification – Open Class
Class 4. Underwater Life (Group or Tank Photos) – Open Class
These competition awards will be $40 for 1st, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd.
If you've never entered a photo in this competition, this is a great time to do so.
For competition rules, please click on the camera icons, and start shooting!
The Photo Competition is open to all NEC member club members
and all convention attendees.
King and Queen Cichlids will be at the NEC Convention!
We look forward to welcoming back to the NEC Convention the King and Queen of Cichlids!
Scott McLaughlin recently posted on the King and Queen Cichlids Facebook page at:
"Well lets start off the New Year with some news- King and Queen Cichlids will be at the NEC 2017 Convention and broadcasting/ reporting live from the cichlid show . We went to several cichlid shows last year- including NEC 2016 and did some coverage on them. We are excited about the opportunity to report on both the cichlid show and the convention itself along side Nature Talks. Here is our video from last years NEC convention fun- and some tips on what you need to bring if you enter your fish in the show. Enjoy!!!"
King and Queen cichlids travels to the NEC Cichlid show 2016
Recently, King Scott McLaughlin and Queen Elizabeth Napier-Bonvillian posted their Top 5 Events of 2016. Scott ranked the NEC Convention as #2 in his list, and Elizabeth ranked our convention as her #1 favorite event of the year!
To view their 20-minute video where they discussed each event and why they liked them and ranked the events where they did, please go to:
The NEC 2017 Convention will definitely be lively with Scott and Elizabeth in the house!
The NEC is pleased to welcome back Natures Talk Show!
Owners Tom Lats, Mary Fetters, and Radio Show Host Ray Owczarzak will be in attendance, bringing state of the art equipment to do live YouTube streaming from our vendor room, with interviews with our vendors, speakers, and attendees.
The NEC is pleased that Natures Talk is returning during our 42nd annual convention! Our convention will be promoted with short ads on each and every radio show between now and the convention. Tune it to the shows to hear great radio talk shows and our convention ads!
New content is being added to our website so please keep checking back!
To see our speakers, go to http://northeastcouncil.org/NewNEC/index.php/convention-speakers
Hotel information: http://northeastcouncil.org/NewNEC/index.php/hotel
Menus for our keynote presentations: http://northeastcouncil.org/NewNEC/index.php/convmeals
Fish Shows and Exhibitions: http://northeastcouncil.org/NewNEC/index.php/fishshow
Our press release can be seen here: http://northeastcouncil.org/NewNEC/
Visit us on our Facebook page!
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