Guidelines

9th International Shrimp Championship 2017

The 9th International Shrimp Championship will take place from 3rd to 5th February 2017 as part of the Heimtiermesse Hanover. The event was conceived with the idea of presenting the hobby of keeping freshwater invertebrates to those interested in this sphere, and also to organise an international competition for shrimp breeders.

Like last year’s competition, the Shrimp Championship is being organised by caridina magazine (Dähne Verlag GmbH, Ettlingen) and the AKWB, the Freshwater Invertebrates Working Group.

Competition hosts (organising committee)

Dähne Verlag GmbH of Ettlingen, Germany, represented by Thomas Heinen;
Arbeitskreis Wirbellose in Binnengewässern (AKWB), represented by Lars Dwinger of Bargteheide, Germany. Thomas Heinen and Lars Dwinger are the heads of organization.

Categories

Category 1
Neocaridina davidi, red and orange variants like Red Fire/Red Cherry and Sakura

Category 2
Neocaridina davidi, other colours such as Yellow Fire, brown, black, blue

Category 3
Caridina mariae, Tiger Shrimp all colours

Category 4
Caridina logemanni, Super Crystal Red and Super Crystal Black

Category 5
Caridina logemanni, Red Bee and Black Bee, all grades

Category 6
Blue Bolt, Red Bolt, Snow-white, Bee-influenced Shadow with parts of blue

Category 7
Classic Shadows, like full, lined, saddled, banded resp. Wine Red, Red Ruby, Panda, King Kong, Extreme Ruby and Extreme King Kong

Category 8
Tiger-Bee-influenced Shadow pattern variants that have their origins in Tiger shrimp, Tiger Bees (TiBee) and/or Taiwan shrimp (Shadow Bee) (multistriped, Zebra, Spotted Head, Pinto)

Category 9
Bee-influenced Shadows that match the Bee standard with regard to pattern (i.e. Mosura, Hinomaru, etc.)

Category 10
Crosses and new colour variants of Bee shrimp, Tiger shrimp as well as new colour variants from the Shadow Bee family (e.g. Hulk, Skunk)
Acceptance and safekeeping of registration data

You may only register as a competitor at www.garnelenchampionat.de or www.shrimpchampionship.com using the appropriate application form.

The completed registration is automatically sent to admin@garnelenchampionat.de . The recipients are the heads of organization. The list will not be made available to any other person of the organization team.

The participation fee will be paid via Paypal into the bank account of Dähne Verlag. It will not be possible to view any other information of relevance to the competition through the transfer of the deposit.

Allocation of competition tanks

After the application deadline the heads or organization will allocate the number of tanks for each category, based on the registrations received.

Each show group must be kept in a separate transport bag. The transport bags 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 on the transport bag.

Shrimp deliveries may only be opened by the heads of organization. Should you wish to deliver your show group in person, please make sure that the transport bag is handed only to one of the heads of organization. The organising committee will then tell the helpers of the AKWB which tank to put that particular show group in. This guarantees that the identity of those submitting show groups is not known to any of the helpers.

With the registration we will check that the shrimps brought in actually belong to the relevant group. Should problems such as missing or wrong labelling arise and no correct allocation be possible, the shrimps will be displayed in separate tanks outside the competition floor with no possibility of being judged.

Appointment of jurors

The jurors will be appointed by the heads of organization.

The allocation of jurors to the competition groups is carried out by the organising committee. This will ensure that no juror judges a group in which he himself or a member of his family has an entry.

To ensure the neutrality of the jurors and to avoid manipulation or bribing, the names of the appointed jurors will not be published beforehand. The organising committee will endeavour to appoint an even mixture of national and international jurors. If possible, each juror team will be composed of one German and one international juror.

Judging procedure

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 jury (two jurors in each group) with the help of a points system.

The assessment guidelines and allocation of points take the characteristics of the different groups into account:

Group 1

  • Colour and colour 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 2

  • Colour and colour 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 3

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 points)
  • Pattern (2.5 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. 10 points

 

Group 4

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 points)
  • Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 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. 10 points

 

Group 5

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 points)
  • Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 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. 10 points

 

Group 6

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 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 7

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 points)
  • Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 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. 10 points

 

Group 8

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 points)
  • Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (max. 2.5 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. 10 points

 

Group 9

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2,0 points)
  • Homogeneity of pattern between specimens (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. 10 points

 

Group 10

  • Colour and colour intensity (max. 2.5 points)
  • Pattern (2.5 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. 10 points

 

The categories will be each be assessed by two judges, who will not themselves be allowed to exhibit in this category (family members are also excluded). Each show group will be judged according to the points system listed above. Each of the two judges award 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 draw (in the first three places) in one category, the highest single jury points will determined the order of the places with the same total points. If this not works (because all points are the same), three other point jurors, who may not themselves have exhibited 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 jurors, none of whom has himself entered a category winner, will be given a list with the tank numbers of the category winners and will then decide which are his three favourites (1st place = 3 points, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 1 point). The show group with the highest combined number of points from this assessment will be the overall champion.

There will be no access to the competition tanks for spectators for approx. 2 hours on the Friday during the period when the jury members are doing the judging. This is to avoid them being distracted from their task.

Visitors can vote on the public’s favourite on the Friday and Saturday. All votes cast that carry the name and full address of the voter will be entered in a draw for a 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.

Evaluation of the public’s favourite and the jurors’ points will be carried out by the organising committee.

After the evaluation, the winners of the different categories will be announced in the exhibition area and on the website. The names of the jurors for the individual categories will also be announced.

Entry conditions

Any individual owning shrimps with their own offspring that fall within one of the 10 accepted categories may participate in the competition. Companies may not participate.

Consent to breeding inspection
By registering for the competition, every participant gives their consent to an inspection of their shrimp breeding by a representative of the organising committee. The inspection will take place following notification. Refusal of the inspection will result in disqualification and the entry fee will not be reimbursed in this case. The breeding inspection by the representatives of the organising committee will be carried out on a random basis.

Undertaking to show self-bred specimens
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 shall not be reimbursed in this case.

Registration deadline

Registration must be completed on the website www.garnelenchampionat.de by 27th January 2017.

 

Number of shrimps per group

A show group consists of three to five shrimps. If there are more than three shrimps per group, the three best ones will be judged.

 

Entry fee

An entry fee of € 15.00 per show group will be charged provided the shrimps are handed over for auctioning in favour of the AKWB after the competition.

An entry fee of € 25.00 will be charged to register each show group if the owner intends to take them back after the competition.


 

Dealing with shrimps after the competition

When completing the registration process for the competition you must state (by selecting the appropriate box on the form) whether or not the shrimps are to be donated for auctioning in favour of the AKWB. Those that are not to be auctioned must be collected in person on the Sunday between 5 pm and 5.30 pm. Alternatively, the owner must contact the organising team and make arrangements for collection with them in advance. An authorised representative may also collect the shrimps upon production of written authorisation plus a copy of the registered participant’s identity card. Any shrimps that are not collected will automatically become the property of the AKWB and will be sold. No reimbursement of the higher entry fee is possible. For organisational reasons it is not possible to send any shrimps back to their owners by post.

Exclusion of liability

The organiser is not responsible for any loss, illness or failure of shrimp during transportation or during the exhibition period.

Auction

All shrimps in the competition that have not expressly been ruled out of the auction at the time of registration, will be included in the auction on the Sunday. Any shrimps that were excluded from the auction but have not been collected by 6.00 pm on the Sunday will become the property of the AKWB and will be sold. The money resulting from such sales will serve to cover the AKWB’s costs for the competition. Any surplus will revert to the AKWB for a specific purpose.

 

The auction will take place on 5th February 2017. A comprehensive list of the shrimps to be put up for auction will be issued to accompany the event. Shrimps bought at auction must be paid for at once in cash. There is no right of any kind to return or exchange the goods. At the end of the auction helpers will place the shrimps purchased in the course of the auction in waterproof transport bags, with a thermal outer cover if necessary, and hand them over to the purchaser. All purchasers of auctioned goods should themselves make arrangements for appropriately insulated transport since it is cold at that time of year.

Premature end of registration period
A maximum of 175 show tanks is available for the Shrimp Championship 2017. Entries for the competition are accepted in their order of arrival. The registration period ends on 27th January 2017, but may be terminated ahead of this date if the maximum number of show groups is reached earlier.

Delivery
Shrimp deliveries by airfreight, regular freight carriers, parcel services, DHL: delivery no later than 2nd February 2017, 3 pm, to:
Deutsche Messe Hannover
Heimtiermesse / Garnelenchampionat
AKWB / Daehne Verlag
Lars Dwinger / Thomas Heinen
Halle 23  /Messebuero
30521 Hannover (Germany)
Phone: +49/171/6035118 / +49/151/24044476

You must include this telephone number when sending entries by freight carrier or airfreight.

Participants from outside Germany must note on the box that it does not contain any protected species, only unsolicited gifts of no commercial value.

Shrimp entered for the competition can also be handed over at the exhibition site (only to the two heads of organization) up to 3 pm on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at the latest. It cannot be guaranteed that any shrimp arriving after this time will be judged.

Packaging
Please pack your shrimps well, every group separately. Although we endeavour to place all shrimps in the show tanks as soon as possible, this can take some time when dealing with large numbers at once. The transport bags 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 breeder’s 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.

Show tank specification
175 aquariums with a gross volume of approx. 10 l to 35 l are being made available for the competition. The show groups will be presented in these, ordered according to category. The water parameters will be maintained within acceptable limits for the different categories.

Substrate
A suitable substrate for shrimp will be used for every category.

Lighting
Individual lamp (daylight bulb) 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.

Tagging
The tanks will be numbered consecutively. Following judging, each tank will be labelled with the category, the breeder’s name and the number of points awarded or the placement.

Photos

Official photographs will be taken of the show groups. The organisers 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 organising committee may be permitted some careful manipulation by means of clean wooden skewers. The organising team is obliged to prevent any manipulation by visitors.

If you have any questions, please e-mail admin@garnelenchampionat.de.

Drafted on 6th December 2016.