There's a whole list of things I think could be better / wish I'd done differently, but Im pretty happy nonetheless. There were some good entries this year, which I think bodes well for the future
Here's some higher res pics
My own critique:
Needs a more powerful street, and better front to back depth
Curtain plants in both front corners would help
And I dont like the color rendition from the light, it's too cool or something.
One judges comment
"I feel like I am contradicting myself a bit in my comments. Where several entries have to many plants in their tanks, I feel this one is a bit too empty. However, the plants look good, the groups show clear variations in contrast and height and it is a really nice tank to llok at. Maybe just a bit more time will grow the groups a bit bigger and take away the empty feeling. All plants are very well placed, but please replace the red Persicaria sao Paulo with a green plant" ~Marco Aukes
He's spot on with the empty comment. I always felt like it was missing something but couldnt quite put my finger on it. That's what it is.
Its funny, 3 days after the final pics it was water change day. Everything had grown an inch or whatever. I was like damn that looks good, much better than the other day. So that's something I'll keep in mind for next time.