Its invention, whether through idleness or necessity, is a debatable subject but it is all
about keeping involved with the hobby, interacting with each another and just maybe it
might bring in others into the realm of fish exhibiting – all without leaving the comfort of your home.
We have been encouraged by the response to the First Round, but the Second Round is also a 'first'
in its own right being designated as for Cultivated Tropical Egglayers.
We will be very interested to see how exhibitors interpret this description when choosing their entries.
Here's a tip - start with 'A' for Albino!
To see what it's all about, just click on the appropriate TENT GROUP - A, B, C, D, E, or F above
at the right time- and enjoy the ride!
NOTE: Each Tent only 'opens' after the relevant closing date for its Group.
Preview entries during judging, whilst waiting for the scored results to appear.
Firstly, you’ve got a Judge’s eye-view of proceedings – what he/she sees, so do you!
Add to this, the unique opportunity to see the fish as never before under ‘live-conditions’ –
in 'stop-frame' s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n too, should you wish to clarify the tiniest imperfection
or catch that fast-moving exhibit.
Size clearly can’t be everything – the camera can actually lie, depending how it’s used, so we’ve done away
with that parameter in judging. Also a fabulous video shouldn’t affect the result – it’s the quality of the fish
that we should be concentrating on.
It’s not going to be a ‘result on the day’ affair either. Between receipt of entries and declaration of Awards,
some time has to elapse for technical preparations of material, distribution to Judges, verification of results etc.
Award labels will appear on the relevant tanks.
Click on any on-Tank Award Label to go to the Results page.
To ensure the waiting time is reduced to a minimum, please feel free to enter the next Group Table Show before the
stated closing date, in order for all concerned to make sure everything’s processed as early as possible.
IT'S A TOUGH JOB, BUT SOMEONE'S GOT TO DO IT . . . . .
In consideration of the diversity of species within each Group -
and the self-imposed decision to create 'Natural' and 'Cultivated'
definitions - it seems only too obvious that it is important to make
sure the best qualified people are usd to judge each Group appropriately.
For our Second Virtual Table Show, Cultivated Egglayers, we have invited
Island Fishkeepers' Dawn Pearce to judge the entries.
1. Video clips should be approximately 1 minute in length, landscape orientation.
2. Make sure that both sides of the fish are included at some point in the video.
3. To avoid ‘sending problems’, minimise file sizes by reducing ‘Resolution’.
Aim to produce an mp4 file with a picture size of around 854 x 480 pixels
(Windows Moviemaker does this) or, alternatively, 640 x 480 (VGA setting).
Send large files free (up to 2GB total) by www.wetransfer.com
4. Avoid unwanted reflections when using smartphones by tilting camera slightly
downwards. Remember smartphones are not designed for tripod use - be sure to
avoid camera shake!
5. Place a suitable monochrome background behind the Show tank – it helps to define
fishes with transparent fins more clearly - points deducted for garden sheds and/or wallpaper!
(NO 'BALLOON' or COLOUR-DYED species ALLOWED; Long-finned, albinos and colour variants OK)
GROUP C Natural Tropical Livebearers 5th July
GROUP D Cultivated Tropical Livebearers 19th July
GROUP E Natural Coldwater (including W.C.M.M.) 2nd August
GROUP F Fancy Goldfish 16th August