Virtual Holland Betta Show – August 2020

  • Who is allowed to enter?

    Only European hobbyists
    as per the above table (Chapter 7of the Bettas4all Standard) are allowed participate at the Virtual Bettas4all Show.Participants can enter in the following classes:
    - Regular show classes: The fish must be self-bred by the participant and is currently swimming in his/her fish room (matter of trust). Maximum of 5 Entries
    - Koi Class: The fish must be self-bred by the participant and is currently swimming in his/her fish room (matter of trust). Maximum of 1 male and 1 female. Judged by Koi Judges.
  • How many entries are allowed per participant?
    Each participant is allowed to enter a maximum of 5 entries for the main show. In addition, a participant can enter a maximum of 1 male and 1 female koi for the Koi Class.
  • Entry fee?
    Participation is free.
  • How to register & virtually bench fish for the Virtual Holland Betta Show?
  1. When you are a European hobbyist and want to participate you can register your fish for the Virtual Bettas4all Show by filling in the online registration form on our website.
  2. The Virtual Benching team will receive your entry form and will assign you with your virtual tank numbers.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email with all the information to upload your videos.
  4. Once the videos are uploaded the Virtual Benching team will sort the entries in the main show classes based on fin type and sex in a blinded manner.
  • What are the deadlines for online registration and virtual benching?
    Online registration possible from Friday 17th July (18:00 CEST) to Friday 31st July 2020 (18:00)
    Videos can be virtually benched from when the confirmation of registration is received to Saturday 1st August 2020 (18:00 CEST)
  • Early Bird Benching – What is it and what are the deadlines?
    For the Virtual Holland Betta Show we will be introducing an Early Bird system. For videos uploaded before the 28th July 18:00, we will provide feedback on your videos in terms of if the video quality is high enough to be judged. Any videos uploaded after this time and do not meet the quality required for judging will be automatically disqualified without feedback.
  • What are the minimal requirements of the videos?
    In order to judge the fish properly, the Bettas4all judges should be able to get a clear impression of the color, form and behaviour of the fish. Any fish which cannot be judged properly will be knocked out in the judging process (even if this fish potentially is the best fish of the class in real life).

Regular Show Class - Minimum Requirements

1. Video:

  • Length: Between 20 and 30 seconds of continuous footage.
  • Maximum size: 75 Mb per video.
  • Ideally the camera should be held as still as possible.
  • Must have the assigned show tank number shown in the video, either by written or printed on paper. This cannot be digitally added.
  • No digital enhancement can be accepted. Examples include: Watermarks, file names, cropping out sections of videos, changing lighting. Allowed: Muting of video.

NOTE FOR DOUBLETAIL ENTRIES:

NOTE FOR GIANT ENTRIES:

2. The show tank:

  • Ideally non-curved, colorless, clear, fully transparent tank, preferably glass.
  • Not too deep in order to keep enough detail for judging.
  • No plants or gravel are permitted within the tank.
  • No colored water.
  • Ideally a plain background that best shows the detail of the fish.

3. Light:

  • Non-colored.
  • Sufficient to clearly see the color and details (e.g. mouth, eye, scaling) of the fish.

4. The fish:

  • The fish should be minimally 3.5 cm for a male, 3.0 cm for a female (matter of trust).
  • Should be in good health and actively flaring.
  • Should, preferably be visible from both sides.

Flare aids such as flare sticks are allowed as long as the fish remains clearly visible in the video. Using another fish or a mirror as a flare aid is allowed as long as the fish/mirror is to the side of the entrant only and in a separate tank. Entries with more than one fish or full reflection fully visible in the video will be disqualified.

Example Video of Standard Class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pl4XpVmGhnuVkQlCWW9thAzyhH9pLQVx/view?usp=sharing

‘Koi’ Class - Minimum Requirements

  1. 1. Video:
  • Length: 15 seconds from straight above followed by 15 seconds from the side.
  • Maximum size: 75 Mb per video.
  • Ideally the camera should be held as still as possible.
  • Must have the assigned show tank number shown either in the side or above view in the video, either by written or printed on paper. This cannot be digitally added.
  • No digital enhancement can be accepted other than putting the two clips into one file and muting the video.
  1. 2. The show tank:
  • Ideally non-curved, colorless, clear, fully transparent tank, preferably glass.
  • Not too deep in order to keep enough detail for judging.
  • No plants or gravel are permitted within the tank.
  • No colored water.
  • Plain background that best shows the detail of the fish.
  1. 3. Light:
  • Non-colored.
  • Sufficient to clearly see the color and details (e.g. mouth, eye, scaling) of the fish.
  1. 4. The fish:
  • The fish should be minimally 3,5 cm for a male, 3.0 cm for a female (matter of trust).
  • Should be in good health.
  • For the koi class only, the fish will not be faulted for not flaring.

Example Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pi1yCOZbMhDOegLV0gz-3AhIn3oVx-3O/view?usp=sharing

  • How are the fish judged by the Virtual Bettas4all Judging Team?
  1. The Bettas4all Judging Team will split show classes in color classes where possible according to the rules of the Bettas4all Standard©.
  2. Show classes will be judged with teams of at least three certified Bettas4all judges.
  3. Each certified Bettas4all judge will have a look at the videos in private to get an impression of the quality within each show class and will make a personal notes on each entry (strong & weak points) in order to create a top 3 or top 5 of the class (depending on the number of entries per show class).
  4. After this, the judges responsible for the judging of a particular show class will discuss their findings in order to make a final decision on the placement of the fish within the show class.
  5. After all show classes have been judged virtually, the entire Virtual Judging Team quickly overlooks the results and will discuss the results where necessary to determine the final result of each show class.
  6. Special awards are determined following normal show rules by the Virtual Judging team.
  • How long will the judging procedure by the Virtual Bettas4all Judging Team take?
    We cannot say this in advance. This will be depending on the number of entries and the time each judge will need and has available. More information will be announced in the week after virtual benching has closed.
  • Will the entries be shared with the public?
    When the Virtual Bettas4all Judging team has finished, a video of all entries (in order of virtual tank number) will be published per show class in the public domain. This way everybody can get an impression of the number of entries and quality of the fish/videos per show class.
  • Is the public also allowed to choose their favorite fish?
    When the Virtual Bettas4all Judging team has finished, the public will get the chance to vote for their favorite entry in each show class (minimum of two entries required) based on the video showing all entries per show class (in order of virtual tank number). Single entries in show classes will automatically win Public Prize in their show class.
  • What do you win when a fish places in any of the show classes?
    When a fish places, the participant who entered the fish will receive a unique digital show certificate and lifelong honor! Some Special Classes will receive a physical prize, these results will be announced as a surprise once the results are released, due to this, it is important to be sure if an entrant is 16 or younger. Please encourage young people to enter.