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Rookie Awards 2021 | Specialty

Young Guns

All great digital artists start at a young age. This is why we have a category open specifically for young artists from around the world to showcase their passion and amazing skills.

Young Guns
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Giora Nohl


Germany |

Ever since I was a child, games have captivated me. I enjoyed games with a great story, but what really intrigued me were the visuals. I spent hours just walking around and looking at things. Examine the smallest details to see how the designers did it, and look at the big picture to understand the world the game is set in. Ever since then, I've wanted to have a future in modeling and world creation.

Runner up


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

Once I watched the "Up", Disney Pixar's short animated film, I started getting into the animation industry.

Highly Commended

Adam Wiese


United States

I started out 3d work when I was 11 years old, and after I started improving. I really started enjoying the software and having fun experimenting with different fields of works making some Archviz here, Product visualization there, but the one thing that really stood out to me was the Automotive industry.

Honorable Mentions

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sought after badges.

DarkOriole4 (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
eleanor (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
shamanth (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Winner, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
NarcisCalin (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
Atleo (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
peach (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ManuelKM (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
alextullo (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Film of the Year - Highly Commended, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Winner) View Entry
tapje (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
nelli (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
malteh (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
Ramimthefist (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
beqtzz (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
atlastan1805 (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
Christophe (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

The Young Guns category is open to artists between the age of 13-17 years. The judges want to see all the creative media content you’ve been creating at school and at home. The brief is open. We want to see all your amazing animations, video games, illustrations, concept art motion graphics and more.

This contest has an open brief, but is targeted to young artists who are creative, technical and are excited about a possible future working in visual effects, animation, games, immersive media, architectural visualisation, motion graphics and product design. If you think this is you, then show us what you’ve been working on.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • Read the Rules to make sure you are eligible to enter.
  • No team entries allowed for this category.
  • You can only submit 1 entry to this category. Do not submit multiple entries otherwise you will be disqualified.
  • Share your process with the judging panel by including supporting material, not only finished artworks.
  • Share examples of your work that showcase your related skills to this category.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are motivated and passionate about working in creative media & entertainment industries.

The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, variety of content, and employment potential. Treat your entry like a job interview. You have one page to show your passion and skills.

How to enter

  1. Click Submit Entry button to create an entry page.
  2. Upload your best images, videos and supporting media using our entry page builder.
  3. Select ‘Specialty > Young Guns’ as your nominated category.
  4. Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
  5. Accept rules and confirm eligibility.
  6. Confirm & Submit your entry to judging panel.