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Winter Stories - A Lighting & Rendering Challenge | Winter Stories

Lighting & Rendering

It's time to turn your winter blues into positive creative energy and channel it into some beautifully crafted 3D imagery.

Lighting & Rendering
Round of applause for our sponsors


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


Juan Lopez - Winter Cabin

Winter Cabin

The rich hues of the surises and sunsets, as well as the deep blues and purples of the night sky, come to mind when I think of winter.
Being in a warm, cozy cabin in Lake Tahoe enjoying the view.


Rishabh shah - A Winter Evening

A Winter Evening

The feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation that one gets after finishing there work and sitting back with a warm cup of coffee during winters.

Highly commended



Been struggling to get this done, but finally i got to finished what i started. I wish you can feel something from this image.

Honorable Mentions

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

OSCARSANABRIA (Finalist) View Entry
LotteB (Finalist) View Entry
Basicn0ob (Finalist) View Entry
MichaelMayer (Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

For this challenge we have teamed up with Nicklas Byriel & Nikos Nikolopoulos to help create a lighting and rendering challenge.

These two gentlemen are at the top of their game and know a good render when they see it. We have purposely kept the theme very board, as we want you to let your creativity run wild.

Design Brief

What are you imagining, when you think of Winter? We want to see your interpretation of Winter - A mood, a feeling, a vibe, or maybe a setting? We want you to capture the pure essence of winter in 2 images, with a focus on lighting and mood. We believe in the importance of lighting, storytelling, composition and the general feel of an image, so here’s an excuse to give it a shot!

Important Dates

  • Open for submission 27 December 2021.
  • Entries close 26 February 2022.
  • Finalists announced 05 March 2022.
  • Winners announced 17 March 2022.
  • Dates mentioned are at 11:59 pm on the date in question.
  • All dates are based on GMT.

Who Can Enter?

Only members of The Rookies can enter this contest. This means that you must be an aspiring artist. You can be a student, self-taught artist, or even a hobbyist. Please note that anyone with more that 12 months professional experience in a related industry is not eligible to enter.

How to Enter

  1. Submit Contest Entry to start building your entry page.
  2. Upload images, videos and supporting media using our page builder.
  3. Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
  4. Accept rules and confirm eligibility.
  5. Add Multiple Updates to your entry page and share your progress working from idea through to final deliverables.
  6. Add Final Update to your entry page that includes the required Deliverables listed above.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • 2 x final 3D renders (same camera angle but with 2 different lighting moods).
  • A moodboard that is clearly linked to the moods you were going for.
  • Final renders must be 1920px on the longest edge. Any aspect ratio is allowed.

Entrants need to share their progress. We don’t want you to just upload a finished renders. We want you to create an entry page that shares your work from concept and idea, all the way through to your final renders. This not only allows members to follow along, but it helps the judges truly understand how you work.


For any questions about the contest please head on over to our Discord server and use the channel that has been setup specifically for this contest ❄︱winter-stories.

For examples of moodboards and a final submission check out this images

Lighting & Rendering
Lighting & Rendering
Lighting & Rendering