It's a silly rule that you can't show your beauty if you're with the best ones on the contest.
Some may built their tanks for 5-8 months for the contest. Send it at the end of may. Now it is the end of august and they still can't show it. It's hard to resist
So the blacked out rockwork is to show something but not the final one. I fully understand he is proud of his placement and wants to share some bit til it will be public for all.
Well i am on the other side Tom. I am pleased to see whatever they show. If this is part of their work it's fine.I do not like being annoyed with blacking out the images for the winner, just stop the games and make people wait till the end when they present it.
Even more seriously than you can imagine. Check this out.So they take the "no publicising beforehand" rule seriously.
IAPLC 2013 Results | The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest