2022 Water Artisans of the Year Runners-Up

Published on March 2, 2023

Check out these stunning runner-up entries

For the first time in the contest’s history, two runners-up also won first place in a different category. We’re thrilled to see our first female finalist from last year place second in the same category again this year. In our humble opinion, second place never looked so good! Check out our 2022 Water Artisans of the Year Runners-Up.


POND Trade magazine hosts the independent, unsponsored Water Artisans of the Year contest on an annual basis. This provides a level playing field for all contractors, regardless of company size or affiliation, and recognizes the year’s most impressive projects that set the bar in pond construction. We’d like to send a huge thanks to all our judges who presided over this year’s contest. We were also proud to donate more than $2,500 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital on behalf of some of the most elite talent in the pond and water garden industry.

Now in its seventh year, the Water Artisans of the Year contest has become a staple in the pond and water-gardening industry. As you peer down your 2023 project pipeline, be sure to document and photograph your work as you go, because we’ll start accepting entries for this year’s contest later this fall. We’d love to feature your artistry on the pages of this magazine next year!

2022 Water Artisans of the Year Runners-Up

Runner-Up: Under $20K | Stan Suh

Expectations are generally low when you consider an apartment complex’s shoestring budget. In this case, the community not only got a big bang for their buck, but it might even save money in the long run with the integration of an adjustable-flow pump. This overhauled water feature features a 25-foot pondless stream, multiple waterfalls and three bubbling urns with LED lighting that promotes enjoyment around the clo

Runner Up: Rock Artisans | Jonathan Marston

Sometimes the best rocks are only a stone’s throw away. The large, beautiful slabs of earth seen here were actually harvested on property at this Lincoln, Massachusetts residence and were the perfect specimens for creating waterfalls and various visual points of interest around the pond. The ledge outcropping behind the feature serves as the perfect backdrop for a stone lover’s oasis.

Runner-Up: Pondless | Shane Hemphill & Heath Webb

Award-winning pondless water feature
2022 Water Artisan of the Year Runner Up
Rocky mountain award-winning pondless water feature
Shane Hemphill & Heath Webb, Art of the Yard LLC

Nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this majestic pondless water feature is fed by two separate streams that meet and diverge throughout 50 feet of natural hillside. Strategically placed moss rocks were leveraged to successfully blend the awe-inspiring, 25,000-gph feature into the existing landscape to take full advantage of the unmistakable surrounding Colorado canvas.

Runner-Up: Most Naturalistic | April Dugan

Channeling Mother Nature, this network of towering waterfalls is encapsulated by unusually verdant moss, fern fronds and native woodland vegetation. A cacophony of sound reverberates like a bass drum off the lichen patina rocks as pristine water flows through at 6,500 gallons per hour. Formidable granite boulders blend perfectly with the existing boulder wall on the property to render a seamlessly integrated feature.  

Runner-Up: Fountains & Formal Features | Erick Santana

Talk about maximizing your HOA’s value! This dedicated indoor koi pond was installed as part of a multi-million-dollar lobby renovation at a Fort Lauderdale luxury condominium building. Its consistently crystal-clear serenity is made possible by multiple 3-Horsepower pumps, bead filters, UV sterilizers and an ozone sterilizing system. Nothing says, “Welcome home” quite like a custom-made stainless steel waterfall and water wall percolating in your building’s common area. 

Check out the 2021 winners and runners-up.

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