The Jury

Robert Lupton

USA

Robert Lupton

Robert Lupton got started around 2010 with a tank that was given to him. Over a short amount of time, he was consumed by the hobby and discovered shrimp with his first group of cherries. As his passion grew and his knowledge expanded, he decided to take his hobby to the next level and created Flip Aquatics, a YouTube channel, so that he could share with others what he had learned and continues to learn. That channel then led him into a business and is now one of the leaders for importing and breeding shrimp in the USA. Robert’s YouTube channel is currently one of the largest freshwater shrimp dedicated channels.

Jackson Harkey

USA

Jackson Harkey

R. Jackson Harkey JR has been an avid hobbyist for over 15 years, starting with a focus on Saltwater breeding. After a tragic loss due to a fire, he switched his focus to freshwater and discovered the world of shrimp. His first group of CRS had him hooked and he has been focusing on Shrimp breeding for the last 4 years. His breeding talent landed him the title of “Shrimp King” in the 1st international Shrimp Contest in the USA in 2016. Jackson is now expanding his shrimp room and will continue to impress us with his ability to produce prize winning shrimp.

Monika Pöhler

GERMANY

Monika Pöhler

Monika Pohler began her shrimp hobby back in 2008, and was one of the first to begin to experiment with cross breeding. She began by observing the breeding behavior and phenotypes of mixing breeds, and during this journey developed a line she called ­­“Safari”. Her dedication to breeding payed off, as many of her shrimp have won awards at National and International contests. She has also been featured in different Shrimp dedicated magazines, some printed in over 30 countries and most recently featured in a Japanese publication. Monika believes selective breeding is an art form, and she refers to her style as “Shrimp Art”. Since she began her website and Facebook page called “Shrimp-Art”, she has been able to network and meet other hobbyists from around the world. Her interests do not stop here, with her other nature interests being trees, plants and all living beings.

Andrew Wayne

USA

Andrew Wayne

Andrew Wayne has been keeping shrimp for 7 years.  For him, it started with a 10 gallon planted tank back in 2010. While searching for aquarium plants he came across red cherry shrimp. They were fascinating and he had to have them in his aquarium. It was a very nice compliment to the plants and they thrived in that tank.   In 2012, he started keeping caridina such as crs and golden bees. After starting a journal of his trials and tribulations, this led him into successful breeding and a great understanding of homogeneity, and strong characteristics that are an area of focus in the hobby. In 2013 he began crossbreeding various types of caridina which led to more and more tanks. As of now, he has about 40 tanks, half of which are dedicated to selective breeding and plans for expanding this are already underway.

Nicolas Reisch

FRANCE

Nicolas Reisch

Nicolas Reisch has had aquariums in his life since he was a young boy. His discovery of shrimp actually began with his love for nano sized fish. In 2009, Nico began working with shrimp, learning about cross breeding and decided to build a shrimp room with his own custom-made equipment. His award-winning shrimp and breeding genius even caught the attention of a magazine in France, where he was recently featured in an article. Today, Nico is currently working to expand his shrimp room even further, making room to take his breeding expertise to the next level.

Organizer

Chris Lukhaup

Chris Lukhaup

Chris Lukhaup has been heavily involved with the hobby since the mid 1990’s, traveling to numerous countries and studying invertebrates in their natural habitats. Chris has published dozens of books, given copious amounts of lectures all over the world, and is considered one of the greatest contributors to the hobby. His passion has led him to introduce to the U.S. this contest, in which many other countries are already participating. With his expert knowledge of shrimp genealogy, a talent for bringing people together accompanied with a keen sense of timing, he is proud to not only organize this event, but to also sponsor it as Shrimp King.

Therese Neal

Therese Neal

Therese Neal has been drawn into planted tanks, shrimp and nano fish since 2011. Her passion and dedication to the hobby landed her the role in co-organizing the 1st International Shrimp Contest USA with Chris Lukhaup, where she led a team of fantastic volunteers, all committed to making it a successful event. As a devoted supporter of the hobby, you can find her attending other shrimp contest events in various countries, connecting with other hobbyists from around the globe.