As in past years our November meeting saw the results of our annual photographic competition presented.

This year’s competition was run in the same way to 2016 with members pairing up to photograph and measure their entries – so only one person to blame for poor photographs!

As in previous years, each member was allowed to enter up to 6 koi across all sizes and varieties. However, to keep the competition keen, rather than judge each size and class individually (with perhaps only one or two fish in a particular size and class, entries were first grouped by size into go-sanke (including Kin Gin Rin and Tancho) and non go-sanke. Having chosen best in size, our judge was then asked to select best in variety for each of the show varieties except for bekko as there were no entries.

Crouch Valley is lucky to be able to count a very experience BKKS Judge, Keith Bertie, amongst its ranks and as usual, he could be counted upon to take away the photos for his expert assessment and at our meeting he provided a critique of each fish and announced the winners.


Having chosen best go-sanke and non go-sanke in each size, Keith also selected:

Baby Champion, Young Champion, Adult Champion, Mature Champion,

Grand Champion and Best Non-Go Sanke.

A new addition to our competition this year was a best vat

which was voted for by members on the night from the 20 entries received

– congratulation to Lawrence Harvey (Pondy) on the winning vat.





Finally, Crouch Valley is extremely grateful to Burtons Aquatics for donating buckets of their new koi food for the best vat and our 6 major winners.

Table of winners:

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that took part and contibuted to a great evening