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3D Rendering

This contest is for all your summer loving Blender artists out there. Share your process and let everyone follow along as you challenge yourself to create a photorealistic summer rendering.

3D Rendering
Round of applause for our sponsors


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


Fatima Alkhatib


Sweden | Futuregames

After graduating I realized that I have many ideas to share but lacking the skills and education to do it, so I started self learning the tools and art fundamentals to help me take the first step into entering the creative industry; to hopefully be part of the process of creating meaningful and fun games.

Runner Up

Gregory Smith


United Kingdom | Solent University

Initially my main focus was on oil painting, mostly creating realistic landscapes. During a foundation degree in fine art, I started looking more seriously at CGI. I'm not sure that there was anything in particular that made me want to work in VFX, it was more of a slow process of exploring the tools and seeing the amazing work that people were making with them.

Highly Commended




when i was 13 i discovered 3D

People's Choice

Federico Bonometti




Honorable Mentions

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

markac (Finalist) View Entry
mrdjh (Finalist) View Entry
sanepark (Finalist) View Entry
elphicksamuel (Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

Warning - This is a Blender Software Contest Only

Additional software can be used such as Substance and Zbrush, however Blender must be an integral part of your project.

The main goal of this challenge is to improve your Blender skills, have a bit of fun and to create a new project for your portfolio.

The Brief

Everyone loves Summer, and everyone has fond memories of what makes this time of year special to you. We want you to share this with us and create a 3d rendering that best represents this. As the title suggests, Photorealism is going to play a big part in this challenge. Your entry could be an exotic beach location, an animal basking in the summer sun or even a melting ice-cream. The topic is completely up to you!

Requirement and Deliverables

Entrants participating in this contest need to share your process. We don’t want entrants to just upload a finished rendering. We want you to share your process. We want you to start by sharing your idea and adding updates as you go so the community can follow along.

Entrants must submit a Final 3D Rendering of their artwork. This must be 1920 pixels on the longest edge. Any aspect ratio is allowed.

To review all the official rules please visit this page:

Judging Criteria

We have a great list of judges participating in our first Blender contest. They will be asked to review all entries based on the following criteria:

  • Photorealism
  • Visual Appeal
  • Storytelling
  • Technical Skills
3D Rendering