2nd International Shrimp Contest USA 2017

 

The 2nd International Shrimp Contest USA will take place November 3-5, 2017 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.

Competition hosts

The shrimp contest is organized by Chris Lukhaup and Therese Neal, and sponsored by Shrimp King, Dennerle,JBJ and presented by World Pet Association.

Contest Categories:

Category 1:           Neocaridina sp. All colors

Category 2:Neocaridina sp. Rili all colors, all new

Category 3:Caridina sp. Red and Black Bee, all colors including Snow White

Category 4:Caridina sp. Tiger with Typical Pattern-all colors

Category 5:Caridina sp. Tiger Full/Solid-all colors

Category 6:Caridina sp. Bee Variants, like SCR, SCB, Ghost, Hulk, Snow/Bolt Variants including Rili and Steel, new bee variants

Category 7:Caridina sp. Shadow Bee Classic- Classic colors, classic grades

Category 8:Caridina sp. Pinto/Shadow, pure white- all other colors and patterns

Category 9:Caridina sp. Pinto/Shadow, Color Variants of white- bluish/reddish/other white, all other colors, all patterns incl BB and RB

Category 10:Caridina sp. Pinto/Shadow/Solid Tibee signs- Tiger influenced head/body markings incl backline, fishbone, stripes/lines/spots, maroten/flowerhead, spider legs, all colors

Category 11: Caridina sp. Other crossbreeds, all colors, including transparency, all patterns

 

Registration, Fees, Acceptance and Deadlines
Any individual owning shrimps with their own offspring that fall within one of the 11 accepted categories may participate in the competition. Companies may not participate.

You may register as a competitor at  http://shrimpcontestusa.com Registrant list is ONLY made available to the organizing committee.

Entry Fees

▪  $20.00per group, provided the shrimps are donated for raffling in the WPA raffle booth after the contest (neocaridina only or for auction for Caridina sp.) Proceeds from Neocaridina raffles go to thePet Care Trust Pets in the Classroom program, Coral Restoration Foundation and PIJAC’s Marine Ornamental Defense Fund, proceeds for Caridina auction will be used as needed to cover expenses for the contest.

▪  $30.00per group, if the owner intends to take them back after the contest.

*A limit of no more than 2 groups per person, per category, will be enforced.

*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 www.shrimpcontestusa.com  by deadline of October 16, 2017.
A maximum of 100 show tanks are available for the Shrimp Contest 2017. Entries for the contest are accepted in their order of arrival. Although the registration period ends on October 16, 2017, 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. Those that are not to be donated, must be collected in person on Sunday beginning at 1pm. 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 the committee. 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 Neocaridina shrimps in the contest that have not expressly been ruled out of the donation at the time of registration, will be included in the WPA raffle on Sunday. Any shrimp that were excluded from the raffle but have not been collected by 4:30 pm on Sunday will become the property of the organizing committee.

The raffle takes place on Sunday November 5, 2017. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale during the event located at the WPA 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.

Additionally, for any Caridina shrimps in the contest that have not expressly been ruled out of donation at the time of registration, will be auctioned during the show on Saturday Nov 4, by silent auction and the proceeds from the sales will be used by the organizing committee towards expenses of the contest. Any shrimp that were excluded from donation but have not been picked up by 4:30 pm on Sunday will become the property of the organizing committee.

Consent to Breeding Inspection
By registering for the contest, every participant gives their consent to an inspection of their shrimp 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-4:00pm on Wednesday November 1, at the Aquatic Experience show, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173.  We cannot guarantee deliveries after this time will be able to be judged, and may be placed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor if not.

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.

International shrimp deliveries Asia: Groups will need to be delivered to our designated location in Taiwan by Thursday October 26th. If a contestant wishes not to ship through Taiwan shipment, they will be responsible for shipping their specimens directly, for details, please email us at usashrimpcontest@gmail.com

Shrimp deliveries from Europe:  Participants will be responsible for shipping their specimens directly, for more details, please email us at usashrimpcontest@gmail.com

Delivery needs within the US: Participants will be responsible for shipping their specimens directly, for more details, please email us at usashrimpcontest@gmail.com

***Deliveries need to be arranged so that the items are delivered between Monday October 30, 2017 and Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Show Tank Specification and Tagging
Up to 100 Aquariums, 2.5 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 (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.

** You will be given the option to provide your own mineral salts, once you have registered. If you indicate that you wish to provide your own, it is your responsibility to produce the minerals with your groups, send enough for all of your entries, and communicate this with the organization. If you deem necessary, you may also provide your own water, but the deadline for this will be Wednesday November 1. If you do not indicate anything to the committee, we will default to Shrimp King Salts with basic Bee and Neocaridina water parameters.

Judges, Procedure and Entry Groups
The Judges will be appointed by the organizing committee.

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 11 different groups into account.

Group 1 Neocaridina solid, All colors

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 Caridina sp Bee variants

Colors: intensity, homogeneity, purity, coverage

(max. 3.5 points)

Pattern: difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.0 points)

Pattern: (max 2.0 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 2 Neocaridina Rili all colors

Color: intensity (max. 2.0 points)

Size and body shape (max 1.5 points)

Pattern: difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 1.5 points)

Size ratio to one another (max. 1.5 points)

Health and vitality (max. 1.5 points)

Total max. 8 points

Group 7 Caridina sp Shadow bee Classic

Color 1 intensity, homogeneity, coverage

(max. 2.5 points)

Color 2 intensity, homogeneity, coverage

(max 2.5 points)

Pattern: difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.5 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 3 Cardina Sp Red and Black bee

Color 1 intensity, homogeneity, coverage

(max. 2.5 points)

Color 2 intensity, homogeneity, coverage (if uni, then as color 1 again) (max 2.5 points)

Pattern: difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.5 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 8 Caridina sp Pinto/Shadow White

Color 1: white intensity, homogeneity, coverage

(max. 3.5 points)

Color 2: intensity, homogeneity (max 1.5 points)

Pattern: difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.5 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 4 Caridina Sp Tiger, typical, all colors

Color 1 body: intensity, homogeneity, coverage (max. 2.5 points)

Color 2 stripes: intensity, homogeneity, other (max 2.5 points)

Pattern difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.5 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 9 Caridina sp pinto/Shadow Color variants

Color 1: intensity, homogeneity, (max. 3.5 points)

Color 2 intensity, homogeneity, (if uni, then as color 1 again) (max 1.5 points)

Pattern difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.5 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 5 Cardina sp Tiger full/solid

Color: intensity, homogeneity, (max. 3.5 points)

Color Coverage: Fullness, eyes, antenna, other (max 2.0 points)

Pattern: homogeneity between specimens (max. 2.0 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 10 Caridina sp Pinto/shadow/solid tibee

Color 1: intensity, homogeneity, (max. 2.0 points)

Color 2: intensity (max 1.5 points)

Pattern difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 4.0 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 points)

Total max. 10 points

Group 11 Caridina sp other crossbreeds

Colors: intensity, homogeneity, attractivity

(max. 3.0 points)

Pattern A: difficultness, clear borders, distribution harmony (max. 2.5 points)

Pattern B: homogeneity between specimens (max 2.0 points)

Health and vitality: Size, size ratio to another,

bodyshape, other (max. 2.5 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.

Judging will take place on Friday, November 3rd, before the show floor opens at 11:00 am, to allow the judges to complete their task without any distractions and so that the visitors will have full show hours to view the entries.

Visitors can vote on their favorites during the show days of Saturday and Sunday. All votes cast that carry the name and full email 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. *Drawing for the voter prizes for the 2016 contest will be completed on Saturday following the announcement of the Contest winners at 1:00pm.

During the show on Saturday at 1:00pm, 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

WPA, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Onesource, the contest sponsors and the organizing committee are 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 6pm Thursday, November 2nd.
  • Friday at 9am the judging begins, no one will have access to the contest area during this time.
  • Winners will be announced on Saturday at 1pm and cash prizes distributed.
  • Silent auction of designated shrimp will be open during the show on Saturday, closing at 5pm, the highest bidder will be given a receipt upon their CASH PAYMENTand their shrimps will be available on Sunday beginning at 1pm.
  • Raffle will take place on Sunday, and the shrimp will be available for pick up as soon as winners are selected.
  • Please plan accordingly.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail  usashrimpcontest@gmail.com