The Rookies is an International Awards for young designers, creators, innovators, and artists. The Awards were created to discover and showcase the outstanding talent emerging from higher education facilities and help launch them into careers at the world’s top studios.
The Rookies was founded by Andrew McDonald and Alwyn Hunt. They both worked in the Visual Effects Industry for over 11 years each working at some of the worlds top studios.
Over the past 7 years the team has grown to include an impressive Advisory Board with experts in marketings, sales, event planning, and business, which helps keep the company heading in the right direction and evolving as quickly as possible.
Our legacy is from Visual Effects, Animation, and Next-Gen Gaming having created the CG Student Awards – the largest online Awards for creative students. Established in 2009, 74 paid internships and over $900,000US in prizes has been given away.
For 2017 we have adjusted our categories, introduced a full portfolio system and created a Live Drafts system to allow companies and recruitment teams to find the very best local talent.
Rookie: an artist, creative, or innovator trained and ready for their first experience as a member of a professional studio team. Artists showcasing their work in any given discipline are known as ‘Rookies’.