You can think of them as “living, breathing landscape paintings.” That’s according to T.A.U., the Tokyo Aquascape Union, a group of “aquarium hobbyists” who use “aqua-plant layouts” to create majestic aquariums. The final creations often yield surreal images that resemble dense, lush forests. Sometimes the only way to tell them apart are the fish flying through the air.
The IAPLC began in 2000, and for the past 15 years has hosted the world’s largest aquarium layout contest. For the first 3 years the competition was dominated by Japan. But ever since 2004, countries like Korea, Taiwan, Russia, France and China have taken home the grand prize and 1 million yen (about $8300) in cash. But this year Fukada, representing his TAU, has won the top prize with his aquascape titled “Longing.” Here are all the 2015 winners.
Photographing your creation is an important part of the process. Here we see T.A.U. members in action photographing one of their aquariums.
Wish you were a fish so you could explore some of these fantastical aquarium? Last year T.A.U. created this commercial spot for a Japanese real estate company.