Are you ready to show your skills? Rookie Awards 2023 is open for submissions!
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Forbidden Lands, Fallen Empires and Ancient Guardians Rules

Important Dates

  • Open for submission 4th March 2020
  • Entries close 2nd May 2020.
  • Finalists announced 12th May 2020.
  • Winners announced 18th May 2020.
  • Dates mentioned are at 11:59 pm on the date in question.
  • All dates are based on GMT.

How to enter

The Artist must submit an entry directly from one of the category pages for the contests. Only entries that are submitted here will be reviewed by our judging panel and considered an official entry.


To successfully enter this contest and be eligible for prizes, the entrant must:

  • share your progress by adding multiple updates to the entry page.
  • Only submit 1 entry per category.
  • Relate to the contest theme.
  • Your entry must be new and original content.
  • Include JPG or PNG screenshots/renderings.
  • Refer to contest briefs for detailed deliverables
  • Not use registered trademarks eg: company names and logos.

Guarantee of the Artist

The Artist guarantees to The Organiser that:

  • The submitted media (images, videos, 3D models, code) were made by the Artist.
  • All work is original and that you have the right or authority to enter and publish. The Artist must clearly state if they have included third party images, media or reference as part of their entry. This content is allowed and will be reviewed accordingly.
  • All details submitted by the Artist are true and correct, and the Artist indemnifies from and against any and all claims and demands made against The Organiser, its assignees or licensees, in relation to the guarantees provided by the Artist in these rules.


  • You are allowed to use fanart and concept art provided by other artists. Where possible, please make sure to get approval and clearly acknowledge their contribution.

Judging Criteria

  • The Process - we want to see your process from start to finish. This contest uses the Play by Play project builder which means you can share every little update similar to a forum.

  • Your illustration will be judged on its originality, design, rendering and its narrative quality. A rich and well thought-out concept, a compelling composition, lighting and use of colour are critical for the success of your illustration.

Sponsor Prizes

One (1) Winner chosen by the Judging panel will be eligible to select either Prize Package A OR Prize Package B. One (1) Runner Up chosen by the judging panel will win the remaining Prize Package which was not chose by the winner.

Prizes are non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made.

The Contest Sponsors will send prizes directly to winners in a timely manner at the completion of the Contest.

Syn Studio Gathering of Masters VIP Ticket - Flight and accommodation not provided so please only choose this prize option if you can make it to the event on your own.


Any content submitted by teams, third-party vendors, educational facilities, studios or non-amateur artist’s will be immediately removed from the Contest. The Organiser reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend any related content on the site.

The Organiser reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend an Artist if they believe they have too much professional experience in any field that puts them at an unfair advantage to other Artists.

The Organiser reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest should virus, bugs, unauthorised human intervention, technical failures or any other factor beyond or

The Organiser’ reasonable control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the awards.

Any media content deemed to contain content that depicts explicit acts that are overtly violent, sexual, cruel or brutal will be disqualified. Such entries may, at The Organiser’ sole discretion, be closed at any time during the event.

Employees of Contest Sponsors and The Organiser are not eligible to enter this event.

Winner Notification

Each Winner will be notified by email at the completion of the Contest.

The entrant is responsible for entering their correct email address at the time of submission and prizes may be forfeited if the entrant cannot be contacted or their identity cannot be verified.

Once notified of winning, the Winner will have three weeks in which to claim your prize. Failure to respond within this time period will result in forfeiture of the prize although The Organiser will make reasonable efforts to contact the winner to ensure this does not happen.

The Organiser reserves the right to forfeit a prize if not claimed.


By entering the Contest, you agree to receive by email promotional material from Syn Studio Art School Montreal . Participation constitutes the Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and our Terms & Conditions. By participating in the Contest, The Artist is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the The Artist and The Organiser in relation to the Contest. They govern the Entrant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between The Artist and The Organiser and relating to the Contest.

In no event will The Organiser, and or their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and related companies, their advertising or promotion agencies or their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising from access to, or use of, this web site, electronic or computer malfunctions, or entrant participation in this contest, even if The Organiser has been advised of the possibility of such damages.