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Post Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:15 am
BobC User avatar
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New this year. The “Virtual Bowl” Show.

Can’t bring in fish each month? Take a picture and bring it to the Virtual Bowl Show.

Virtual Bowl Show Rules

1. All photos submitted must be the entrant’s original work.
2. All photos submitted must show the entrant’s own fish.
3. All photos submitted must be at least 4 x 6 inches printed.
4. Photos must not have been published previously in any fashion.
5. Subject of the photos submitted must be of one of the classes in regular bowl show competition in the month submitted.
6. Winning photos will be published in the Aqua News.
7. All Virtual Bowl Show classes are a People’s Choice Vote.
8. The Virtual Bowl Show class entries are eligible for all points of regular entries. Awarded pointed will be added to totals for yearly bowl show championship.
9. A Yearly award for the Photographer of the Year will be awarded at the end of the season.

The Bowl Show Rules:

1. All entries must be entrant’s own fish.

2. All bowls or tanks must have at least one flat side and a suitable cover to prevent fish from jumping out. Plants may be shown in air filled bags.

3. Bowls/tanks are limited to 10 gal; however, never place a fish in too small a tank. If a larger tank is required contact Bowl Show Chair. Container backs maybe painted or covered with paper, foil, etc.

4. Entries forms must be filled out entirely prior to judging. Attempt to locate a scientific name for each entry. If a scientific name is not available, use a common name. Find entry forms at the meeting or if you prefer to fill out entry forms prior to meeting, forms are at

5. There are two divisions. Senior division is an open division. Junior division is limited to 18 years old or younger at the start of the Bowl Show season. Bowl show chair will determine any questions concerning divisional entries.

6. Show classes will be announced in the July/August AquaNews and at for the entire bowl show season.

7. First, second and third place of each class will be awarded one book point. However, a judge may decline to place a fish based on judging criteria. Judging criteria may include size, condition, deportment, finnage, appropriate color, difficulty in maintaining; however, each judge is free to select their own criteria. Judges will be selected by bowl show chair. If you would like to judge the bowl show, contact the bowl show chair.

8. Bowl Show Points will be awarded as follows:

Entering a fish or plant – 3 points
- (limit 3 entries per month for points)
First Place – 2 points
Second & Third Place - 1 point

Points will be tallied and sent to the webmaster and editor of AquaNews monthly. Bowl Show season runs from August through June.

The Senior division yearly points leader will be awarded a $100 Gift Certificate to a Local Fish Store (LFS). Second place in the Senior Division will be awarded a $50 Gift Certificate to a LFS. Junior division participants will be tallied separately and the yearly winner will also receive a prize. To be eligible for the yearly prize the winners must have participated in at least three different months.

9. Classes listed as People’s Choice Voting will be decided by a popular ballot cast by any attending member of MAS. Ballots will be provided at the meetings.

10. Sick or deformed fish will not be judged. Containers in violation of these rules will not be judged.

11. The decision of Bowl Show Chair is final.

Bob Carter -Bowl Show Chair
Bob Carter


Show your fish - enter a show!!! Bowl Shows monthly at MAS meetings.

Post Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:28 am
BobC User avatar
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Just a simple clarification of the bowl show rules.
Only three entries will count for participation points.

You may enter as many times as you wish.
Obviously bring more entries greatly adds to your chance to collect points for placing fish in the top three of each class.

Same rules apply for the virtual bowl show. Enter as many as you like.

If you participate in the Virtual Bowl classes and "Real Fish" classes you are still limited to 3 entries (9 points total) of participation points.

Hope this clarifies the rules a bit.
Bob Carter


Show your fish - enter a show!!! Bowl Shows monthly at MAS meetings.

Post Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:39 pm
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Just an update, if you plan on sending photos for the virtual bowl show please send them to the email address in my signature for the foreseeable future.
I've taken over duties from Bob Carter, who I must say has done a commendable job as bowl show chair, but has decided to ease up on aquarium club responsibilities. Thanks Bob!

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