“The goal of this koi show is to educate & promote the joys of koi keeping as a hobby. We hope to encourage your interest in learning great husbandry for keeping Japanese koi and to support efforts to create more koi masters.”

– Taro Kodama


We are excited to announce this new online koi show we have developed with some of the biggest names in the industry Dainichi Koi Farm, Isa Koi Farm, Hi Silk Food, JPD Food, Rinko Koi Magazine, and Nualgi Ponds water treatment.

With the help of our elite judges and our high quality awards, we have something really special in store for you. Please take a moment to read through the details, prepare your koi photos, and record new videos to show off your favorite koi. Anyone can participate and register to vote for the People’s Choice Award, so tell your friends to login and vote.

May the best koi win!


About the Virtual Koi Show:

Entry Details: $5 entry fee per koi that you enter into the virtual koi show. Must enter at least one photo.

Submission Details: You will submit up to 3 photos (320x500px preferred) of your koi with minimal background distraction. You can also upload koi videos or link to Youtube/Vimeo, but they are not required. You must be the owner of the koi and it must a photo taken after 5/1/2020. You can purchase koi from Kodama to be added to the koi show by our staff for $10 at the time of purchase on https://www.kodamakoifarm.com. The registration page link will be posted on 10/15/20.

Who Can Participate?: Everyone can register for the koi show and upvote their favorite koi. You do not need to enter a koi to vote and view the koi submission. Entrant must live in America (North, Central and South America) to win awards.

What are the Awards?: Cedar Plaque, Trophy, and Certificate are the top awards There will be many other awards, prizes by our sponsors and even a People’s Choice Award, as voted on by your peers. More specific information on awards coming soon.

Official Judges: Futoshi Mano from Dainichi Koi Farm and Mitsunori Isa from Isa Koi Farm

Schedule: 10/15 Registration Opens, 11/25 Registration Closes, 12/9 Award Ceremony & Judges Seminar

Click To Read Official Show Rules Below


Major winners koi photos will be published in Rinko magazine, the Japanese Koi magazine!

Virtual Koi Show Registration Details Coming Soon!

Get your photos and your videos ready for the upcoming koi show. We will be releasing the registration and koi show system on 10/15 for you to begin uploading your koi for the show.

We hope you are as excited as we are and that you will help us spread the word of this upcoming event to your koi keeping friends!


Live Awards Ceremony!

After the show has concluded, we will all meet on Zoom chat to have the Judges Seminar and the Award ceremony. It is a great honor to have our judges be from Dainichi Koi Farm and Isa Koi Farm. Thank you for joining us in this new type of event.

Watch Instructional Video



Official Koi Show Rules

Entering Koi In Show:

Prepare this information for each of your koi you wish to enter online:

  • Koi Name – Does your koi have a name? Put a title for what we should refer to your koi as.
  • Koi Description – Write a description about this koi. Tell a story, it’s history, how it’s pattern changed. It’s your canvas!
  • Approximate Size and Size category – It is an honor system. Please provide as accurate or best estimate information as possible.
  • Variety & Category – The information will be double checked by the organizer.
  • Koi Picture(s) – Vertical photo preferred. Jpg or Png files accepted. Recommended size: width 320px x height 500px. Up to 3 images allowed.
  • Koi Video – Optionally (up to 60 seconds) upload or link to youtube/vimeo (Horizontal video is recommended.)
  • Koi picture and video must be taken on 5/1/2020 or after
  • Name, Email, Phone Number – Enter the information to contact you about where to send your award if you win.

Rules & Regulations:

  • Entry fee is $5/Koi. We welcome donations.
  • This Koi show is open to all Koi lovers including hobbyists and dealers.
  • The entrants must live in America (North, Central and South America) to win awards.
  • All the Koi must be entered by a personal name, not a business name.
  • All the entered Koi must be owned by the entrant at the time of registration and award ceremony.
  • All the submitted image and information must be owned by the entrant.
  • The images and optional videos should not show anything but Koi as much as possible.
  • The submitted information should not contain any information of breeders and dealers and any information that the organizer judge may affect the judging.
  • Every entry must be pre approved by the organizer for the acceptance of registration.
  • The organizer has a right to reconfirm the entry information with entrants and/or correct the entry information without contacting entrants.
  • Once published, replacements of images and videos are not allowed.
  • By participating, entrants agree that the organizer will own rights to use all images or information collected from entries, comments or ratings for marketing purposes.

Koi Show Categories:

Variety Categories:

  • Kohaku
  • Taisho Sanke
  • Showa
  • Utsurimono
  • Asagi & Shusui
  • Koromo & Goshiki
  • Kawarimono (including Bekko, Muji)
  • Hikarimono (Hikarimoyo / HikariUtsuri / Hikari Muji)
  • Tancho
  • KinGinrin
  • *No Hirenaga butterfly category. They will go under each variety category.

Size Categories:

  • Size 1 – Under 8”
  • Size 2 – 8” – 12”
  • Size 3 – 12” – 16”
  • Size 4 – 16” – 20”
  • Size 5 – 20” – 24”
  • Size 6 – 24” – 28”
  • Size 7 – 28” +


Awards will be announced during virtual award ceremony on 12/9/2020!

No Koi can win more than one award, except for special awards.

* Delivery of the prizes – FREE delivery to a winner in the U.S.A. Winners from outside US must pay the shipping. Please note some countries may not allow import of prize items such as koi food. In such cases, no compensation will be provided.

Major Trophies

  • Grand champion
  • Reserve Grand champion
  • Mature champion or Best in Size 6 – 7
  • Adult champion or Best in Size 5
  • Young champion or Best in Size 3 – 4
  • Baby champion or Best in Size 1 – 2
  • Sakura champion (non Gosanke)
Best in Sizes

  • Size 1 – Under 8”
  • Size 2 – 8” – 12”
  • Size 3 – 12” – 16”
  • Size 4 – 16” – 20”
  • Size 5 – 20” – 24”
  • Size 6 – 24” – 28”
  • Size 7 – 28” +
Best in Varieties

People’s Choice Award

The koi with the most upvotes will receive it’s own award as voted on by users.

All people who register for the koi show are able to vote on the koi and can vote on all their favorites. Invite your friends to vote even if they didn’t submit a koi to the show. Whichever koi has the most upvotes wins the people’s choice award!

Major winners koi photos will be published in Rinko magazine, the Japanese Koi magazine!


Special Awards & Prizes

  • Mamoru Kodama Prize
  • Hi Silk 21 Koi Food Prize
  • JPD Koi Food Prize
  • Nualgi Ponds Prize
  • Rinko Magazine Prize
  • People’s Choice Prize

Virtual Koi Show Award Sponsors:

Thank you to our generous sponsors who have donated their product to create some really fantastic show award packages.

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