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EAEC, European Aquatic & Emersed Contest, is born with the sole purpose to re-engage people with nature.


The goal of this contest is to elevate the creation of natural aquascapes and landscapes to a new art form. This contest evaluates the artistic vision applied in the creation of living natural scenes to connect people with nature. Artworks will be evaluated primarily for their beauty and emotional power to re-link people with nature as a response to our ancient human need to connect with nature.


The participants submit their works taken in the current year and submitted works are evaluated by judges from different fields. As a new form of art, each refereeing criterion will be evaluated by renowned professionals who are well-versed in the field.


This contest has 2 categories and 260 awards with total value of +15.000€:

  • Aquatic-The aquarium contest category with 130 awards, only the underwater world will be evaluated.

  • Emersed- The emersed category with 130 awards. Emersed refers to the two worlds- aquatic and terrestrial- combined in any form: terrariums, paludariums, ripariums, wabi-kusa, neo glass shallow tanks...


This contest aims to challenge participants to create living nature art pieces that re-engage and re-link the viewers with nature.

Nature art creates a deep, emotional, and seamless bond between the viewer and nature. A bond to safeguard nature and mankind, as it rebuilds our inseparable relationship, evolution and future.


Contest Starting Date

The contest opens on July 1, 2021 (JST)

Closing Date for Application

September 15, 2021 (JST)

Result announcement

November 28h, 2021 (JST) (More details will be announced on the official website once available)

Judges’ announcement

One judge a day from November 14 till 26, 2021.

Ceremony, results and awards.  

November 28, 2021

EAEC Print Calendar with Top Award Works

January 2022

EAEC Print Book released.

February/March 2022


No Contest Entry Fee



Each participant can submit only one entry per category- Aquatic and Emersed, with the picture of unpublished layout work, taken within a year before submission.

The entry must be a picture of the entire nature art piece taken from the front side. Complimentary photos and videos will be accepted to apply for extra points.


Entrants must submit image data created with a digital camera of any type. Image quality must be 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) or higher. Image data file to be submitted must be in JPEG format (less than 10MB) with original Exif information. For additional evaluation points, the original untouched RAW file format should be submitted along with a 30-second video file.


Use the entry form on the official EAEC website. The online entry process is very simple, just fill in the form and attach the requested files.

IAPLC Compliance

EAEC is officially approved as an ADA-Authorized local contest. This means participation in both contests with the same work within the same year is officially allowed.

If you want to participate in any other contest with the same work, please confirm that it is a contest authorized by IAPLC / EAEC.


European Contest

As the name of the contest indicates: European Aquatic & Emersed Contest, it is a contest solely open to participants within the European geographic area:


Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

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