III° Trophy Town of Poppi: report of Mr.Marino Nikpal

III° Trophy Town of Poppi

Venue of the Exhibition : the Count Guidi Castle of Poppi (AR) , June 14-15th 2008

Report by Mr. Marino Nikpal,  judge for the Suiseki category

And so also this year the Toshoo En, in cooperation with the Municipality of Poppi, has organized the third edition of the Town of Poppi Trophy  for Bonsai and Suiseki lovers.
Weather conditions on Saturday were not fair but on Sunday improved and the event obtained the deserved success. The exhibition arranged among the merlons of the castle always evokes a warm and suggestive aura.
The participation of Suiseki lovers is increasing every year as well as the level of the suiseki exhibited, this as evidence of the interest that the event is sparking and not only in the ambit of Tuscany.
At the event's conclusion, in a fair and relaxed atmosphere, arrived the awards which, as by promise made by organizers for the suiseki contest have been increased from 2 to 5.
In facts 2 first Best Suiseki Awards, 3  mentions of merit have been granted  and not least the I.B.S. Award :

Best Suiseki

'Water Streams'

by Mr.Attilio Valdifiori

Best Suiseki

'The Lovers' Cliff'

by Mr.Sergio Bassi


Mention of Merit

'The Black Madonna'

by Mr.Claudio Nuti

Mention of Merit

'Zen Monk'

by Mr.Ettore Gardini

Mention of Merit

'Great Canyon'

by Mr.Gianni Troiani


I.B.S. Award

'Solitude valleys'

by Mr. Carlo Laghi

For the Bonsai 3 First Prize Awards , 10 Mentions of Merit  and the IBS Award. 
Mr. Lorenzo Agnoletti was judge in charge for the Bonsai Section, Mr. Marino Nikpal for the Suiseki section to whom the Organizers have delivered a recognition plate for the work carried out.
Also this edition will be published on a catalogue with all photos  of participating Bonsai and Suiseki .
The appointment for the enthusiasts of the sector is for next year, do not miss.

The others stones in display