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RenderMan “NASA Exploration” Art Challenge: win more than $80.000 in prizes!

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Pixar announced a new Art Challenge, with more than $80.000 in prizes given to the winners. You can win a high-end workstation, software licences as well as Pixar goodies. All of this thanks to Pixar and several sponsors.

How to enter the contest

This art challenge is open to everyone, including people hwho don’t own a RenderMan licence: you can use the free, non-commercial version of the renderer with your favourite 3D software

The challenge webpage will give you more information. Clicking on “Participate” will send you over to the RenderMan forums (you can register for free), with four useful sections:

  • “Art Challenge Explanation”.
  • “Art Challenge Resources” with free 3D models and free software licences to help you achieve your vision during this challenge.
  • a FAQ
  • “General Discussion”, to ask questions if needed.

To enter the contest, you will need to download a 3D scene, tweak it as you like, work on the texturing, lighting, and render it using RenderMan.

The Art Challenge theme is “exploration”. Group collaborations are not permitted, and all submissions must be rendered with any of the official RenderMan Plugins (Maya, Houdini, Katana, and Blender)..

Deadline & judges

The deadline is set to Tuesday November 15th, 2022 – Midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time – USA). Winners will be announced on Monday November 28th, 2022.

Judges come from Pixar Animation Studios as well as from the Pixar’s RenderMan team. One judge is R&D Lead at ILM, and another one is Lead, scientific visualization studio at NASA.

Judging will be 50% narrative, 50% technical.

Prizes

More than $80.000 in prizes will be given to three winners: a brand new workstation, software licences, cloud rendering credits, Pixar goodies such as the RenderMan Teapot… Honorable mentions will also be given a box of Pixar goodies.

1st: $47,000 in Prizes!

Hypertec Kronos Workstation ($15,000):AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO CPU
High Performance Liquid Cooler
Memory 64GB DDR4‐3200 Non‐ECC
SSD Solid State hard drive, 1TB, M.2 NVMe
Video Card NVIDIA® RTX™ A6000 48GB GDDR6
PSU 2000w 80+ Platinum

Foundry Katana + Production Collective ($22,000)
1 year Houdini License of your choice (max value $4500)
1 year SpeedTree Cinema Indie license + 1 year of library access ($1198)
1 Year Fxphd Premium Membership ($1100)
$1000 Ranch Computing credits
1 year of Adobe Substance 3D Collection, for Individuals ($550)
1 year Commercial RenderMan license
RenderMan Teapot (Latest version of the world renowned Walking-Teapot)
Vintage RenderMan Teapots (Rare and shiny)
Signed original art print
Surprise Plush Toy
…And other assorted Prizes!

2nd: $26,000 in Prizes!

Foundry Production Collective ($12,000)
1 year Houdini License of your choice (max value $4500)
AMD Threadripper ($4000)
NVIDIA A5500 ($3500)
1 Year Fxphd Premium Membership ($1100)
$750 Ranch Computing credits
1 year SpeedTree Cinema Indie license + $500 off any SpeedTree asset purchase ($699)
1 year of Adobe Substance 3D Collection, for Individuals ($550)
1 year Commercial RenderMan license
Vintage RenderMan Teapots
Signed original art print
Surprise Plush Toy
…And other assorted Prizes!

3rd: $10,000 in Prizes!

1 year Houdini License of your choice (max value $4500)
AMD Threadripper ($4000)
NVIDIA A4500 ($2500)
1 Year Fxphd Premium Membership ($1100)
1 year of Adobe Substance 3D Collection, for Individuals ($550)
1 year SpeedTree Cinema Indie license + $250 off any SpeedTree asset purchase ($449)
1 year Commercial RenderMan license
$500 Ranch Computing credits
Signed original art print
Surprise Plush Toy
…And other assorted Prizes!

Don’t hesitate to participate, newcomers are welcome and once again, you can easily enter the contest using only free tools.

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