Honouring young creative minds

The Rookies is an International Awards for young designers, creators, innovators, and artists.
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Your road to Success

The Rookies was created to discover and showcase the outstanding talent emerging from higher education facilities and help launch graduates into careers at the world’s top studios.

1. Graduate

You have done all the hard work, it’s now time to start showing everyone what you have learned.

2. Submit your work

Upload your best work to our panel of industry professionals and see how your work stacks up.

3. Receive ranking

Everyone receives a private industry approved ranking that shows you exactly how you stack up against the competition.

4. Launch your career

Get propelled into your dream career with a studio internship, or just take home a bounty of incredible prizes.

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Entries

Every year the Awards is inundated with spectacular, innovative, and original content created by young creatives and innovators. The diversity and quality of the work is of the absolute highest standard and always surprises even the most respected industry veterans. To see what we mean, follow the link and take a look for yourself.

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Prizes

What good is there to having an Awards if the prizes are lame. Winners of The Rookies don’t get gift certificates and a hand shake, they take home a massive bounty of prizes including the latest gadgets, hardware, software, and media. Oh, and did we mention you can win a job! We have that covered too.

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Categories from Traditional to Tomorrow

The world is a pretty exciting place right now, and new career paths are evolving every year. With respect to this, our goal is to help young creatives launch their careers in traditional or emerging fields.

Illustration

Illustrations and concept art created for film, games, scientific visualisation, narrative, advertising, or architectural purposes.

Graphic Design

Content focused on typography, layout and design, colour psychology, packaging design, and promotional design.

Motion Graphics

Entries which showcase video projects that feature composited text, animated still images, or live action with graphics.

Photography

Entries include images focusing on landscapes, street, portrait, advertising, sport, and editorial content.

Architecture

Entries include architectural visualisation, interior and exterior design, landscaping, and sustainability.

Industrial Design

Focused on product, furniture, and gadget design that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production.

Film Making

Entries by students who developed projects in video production including documentary, narrative, and music videos.

Web & Mobile

Content viewed through a browser or mobile device with a focus on interaction, user experience, and design.

VFX & Animation

Dedicated to the art of animation and visual effects for feature film, television, and commercials.

Next-Gen Gaming

Design and development of video game based content for console systems, web platforms, and mobile devices.

Virtual Reality

Content created specifically for use with virtual reality headsets is the goal here. This includes games, apps, and all VR experiences.

Robotics

Entries that showcase skills concerned with automation and the design and construction of intelligent mechanical systems.

Get your school involved

We understand and respect that raw talent isn’t enough. You need mentoring, guidance, and the right training to be truly great.

With prizes up for grabs for School of the Year in each category we recommend that schools get involved to make sure they are showcased to the world.

Top Schools

Meet the Judging Panel

If you truly want to know how your skills stack up in the real world, you need to ask the most respected industry veterans. Well, we have that covered. From Oscar Winners to Agency Founders, our line up of judges have the experience and knowledge needed to handle this huge task.

To meet our judging panel and find out more about the judging process simple follow the link.

The Judges

Testimonials

We are proud to be part of the programme which has uncovered fantastic new artists and animators, several who have come to Weta Digital and become valuable members of our team.- Richard Frances, Weta Digital
The awards has given me the unique opportunity to work and learn from some of the best professionals in the world. It really has given me an amazing kickstart into this industry.- Esther Lopaz, Internship Winner 2014
The Rookies are a great way for talent to be recognised. Every year the quality of the entrants gets better and better. As a software company, we are always amazed by what people can do with our tools and always look forward to seeing the entries. It's a great Awards and one we are proud to support.- Ian Hal, The Foundry
I was shocked to find myself among the winners, and it was a truly life changing experience. Honestly, it’s not an overstatement. It was a surreal moment when I got a phone call.- Szabolcs Menyhei, Internship Winner 2014

Supported by the world’s smartest companies.

You can’t run a successful Awards without an amazing team helping you. We are proud and humbled to have the support of so many inspirational companies.

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nvidia
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chaosgroup
crytek
epicagames
escapemotions
luxion
rebusfarm
sketchfab
vimeo
weta
3dtotal
allegorithimic
animallogic
artstation
awn
balsamiq
blackmagicdesign
creativemarket
dneg
dreamworks
envato-01
framestore
future
gtech
gameloft
ikinema
imagepublishing
macphun
mediatemple
method
monolith
ninjatheory
pixnub
pixologic
rsp
riverstudios
sideeffects
thefoundry
themill
wacom

Are you ready to launch your career?