Adobe Substance 3D - Virtual Photography | Category

Virtual Photography

This challenge requires you to use the amazing Adobe Substance 3D Stager application to create a stunning render.

Virtual Photography
Round of applause for our sponsors


On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following category winners.


Tom Römer - Living Room with Memphis Milano influences

Living Room with Memphis Milano influences

For this contest, I created a bright and inviting living room that has Memphis Milano and minimalistic influences.

Runner up

Antony Rahul - Mid-Century Modern Living room

Mid-Century Modern Living room

Hi all, I created a Mid-Century Modern Living room using the default assets in Adobe substance stager 3D and trying to provide a photorealism result.

Highly commended

Karen Chauvin - Sweet workspace

Sweet workspace

This is my entrie and work in progress for the Adobe Substance 3D stager contest.
All of asset provid frome adobe substance 3D stager. I only make the lighting, the set dressing, composition of materials and camera farming. I add some decals made with illustrator.

Honorable Mentions

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

erickoss (Finalist) View Entry
raquelskuur (Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

Adobe has just dropped Adobe Substance 3D, a collection of powerful 3D tools for both professionals and young artists. The new applications have incredibly efficient workflows powered by advanced machine learning. This is all designed to help simplify and speed up the entire creative 3D process. To make things even more exciting, Adobe has released a 3D Asset Library with 2,000+ production quality models, materials and lighting setups that makes this a massive announcement from the tech giant.

We are so excited about the potential of this new suite of tools that we had to create the first contest to use it!


Design Brief

We want to see what you can create with Adobe Substance 3D Stager. This is an intuitive rendering and layout tool that enables users to create both stylized and photorealistic renders by compositing assets into a 3D scene for creative professionals.

You are required to build an interior environment, and create a photorealistic render using only the default 3D models, materials, lighting and renderer provided in Adobe Substance 3D Stager.

For your entry, you will need to share your progress regularly on the contest platform. For your final submission to the judging panel, please upload 1-5 of your most photorealistic renders created with Stager.

  • You can add decals using Adobe Illustrator
  • No post production work allowed in Photoshop
  • No importing of additional materials
  • No importing of third-party or personal models

Include The Rookies Logo on your final renders using this Photoshop file. Additional renders can be included in addition to the required renders.

Training & Support

Adobe Substance 3D is a new suite of incredibly powerful tools. To help get you up to speed here is a great tutorial blog post that will help. Make sure to watch this Substance 3D Stager First Steps video, it shows exactly what we are wanting you to do for this contest.


  • You must be an aspiring student, self-taught artist, or hobbyist with a passion for creative media.
  • You are not eligible to enter if you have more than 12 months professional experience in a related field.
  • For further information please read the rules. Don’t worry, there isn’t too much lawyer talk in there.

Important Dates

  • Entries Open 24 June 2021
  • Entries Close 24 July 2021.
  • Finalists announced 31 July 2021.
  • Winners announced 10 August 2021.

Dates mentioned are at 11:59 pm on the date in question. All dates are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Get Started

  • Get Substance 3D Stager. A free trial version is available here.
  • Create a Render with Substance 3D Stager.
  • Share your progress multiple times.
  • Upload final renderings in your last update.
  • Include the hashtag #RookiesVirtualPhotography if you share on your social media.