Contest Results

Rookie Awards 2021

The 11th Annual Rookie Awards is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. There is simply no better way to launch your career and start sharing your amazing work online.

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Rookie of the Year 2D Animation Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year 3D Animation Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Concept Art Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Game Development Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Visual Effects Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Architectural Visualisation Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Motion Graphics Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Immersive Media Finalists Winners
Rookie of the Year Product Design Finalists Winners
Film of the Year 2D Animation Finalists Winners
Film of the Year 3D Animation Finalists Winners
Film of the Year Visual Effects Finalists Winners
Game of the Year Console & PC Finalists Winners
Game of the Year Immersive Media Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Weta Digital Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities BVN REAL Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Outpost VFX Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Goodbye Kansas Studios Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Ninja Theory Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Epic Games Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities BINYAN Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Browzwear Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Kilograph Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities INDG Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities Important Looking Pirates Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities ON Animation Studio Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities IO Interactive Finalists Winners
Career Opportunities 2G Studio Finalists Winners

Contest Overview

The 11th Annual Rookie Awards is the world’s largest contest for aspiring creatives in games, animation, visual effects, immersive media, motion graphics and 3d visualisation.

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The contest provides a rare opportunity for you to share your work to industry heavyweights and influencers, receive badges and certificates, connect with other young artists and potentially launch your creative career beyond your expectations.

Don’t worry if you’re not ready to apply for jobs or think you can win because you can still walk away with a truck load of prizes. At its core, being an artists involves sharing your work, so why not start now and get your work in front of some of the biggest names in the industries.

Still not convinced? Why not watch some honest entrant video testimonials from other artists just like you about how this contest changed their lives - even when they didn’t win.

Groups & Categories

There are categories across all skill levels and creative media interests, so you are sure to find one that inspires you. To make things easier, we have split the contest into 5 main Contest Groups:

  • Rookie of the Year - 9 x categories open to individual artists to showcase their specific industry based skills.
  • Film of the Year - 3 x individual/team based categories for artists working on films.
  • Game of the Year - 3 x individual/team based categories for artists working on games.
  • Career Opportunities - Various opportunities provided by production studios.
  • Specialty - Open to individual artists under 18 years.

Scroll down the page to view category information and links to full details.

Eligibility

  • 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 7 March 2021
  • Entries Close 1 June 2021.
  • Finalists announced 9th July 2021.
  • Winners announced 27th July 2021.

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

Tips & Advice

Get Started

  1. Find a Category that interests you from the Contest Groups listed below.
  2. Select View Category Details to read the categories specific brief, judging criteria, deliveries and requirements.
  3. Follow the instructions on the category page about How to Enter, and submit an entry!
  4. Rinse and repeat steps to enter multiple times.

Contest Group

Rookie of the Year

This is the primary category that the vast majority of entries submit work. They are open to individual artists only. Select a category from below that most closely relates to your career goals and training.

2D Animation

2D Animation

Entries should showcase content created in two-dimensional format and has been enlivened with movement. This type of animation is regarded to be the traditional form of animation. Projects can be of any topic. Characters, creatures, props and even environment work will be considered.

3D Animation

3D Animation

Entries should include content specifically created for feature animated films/shorts. The key is that all elements should be full CG - environments, characters, set, props, animation and effects.

Concept Art

Concept Art

Concept Art is created for feature film, computer games, story narrative, theme parks, advertising and fan-art purposes.

Game Development

Game Development

Projects entered should include content specifically with the intention of contributing to a computer game. This includes models, environments, animations, fx elements, code and more. The judges will be looking for the best creative and/or technical submissions for this massive category.

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

This category is for artists working with assets and elements that are integrated with live-action footage to create photo realistic environments, characters, sets, props, animation and effects that would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on film.

Architectural Visualisation

Architectural Visualisation

Open to artists who specialise in Architectural Visualisation. This is content created to help visualise building interiors and exteriors, landscaping, town planning and sustainability.

Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics

Motion graphics are a way to communicate with the viewer, and add depth to a story. Together with music and effective copy, they can give us a message. We use them to create ads, title sequences for movies, videos and to share information.

Immersive Media

Immersive Media

Looking for artists creating content specifically for use with virtual reality headsets. The judges are wanting to see completed games, apps, immersive experiences and all the elements involved in pushing this technology to the next level.

Product Design

Product Design

Focused on the art of visualising products, furniture, and gadgets that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production. Judges looking to see the process from concept design through to completed renderings and even real-world prototypes.

Contest Group

Film of the Year

Open to individuals and teams that have created short films using 2D Animation, 3D Animation and Visual Effects.

2D Animation

2D Animation

Looking for the very best in 2D animated short films. The films can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects allowed.

3D Animation

3D Animation

Looking for the very best in 3D animated short films. The films can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects will be considered.

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

Films created by both teams and individuals that include live action visual effects used to help tell a story, add that wow factor, or include live action footage.

Contest Group

Game of the Year

Open to individuals and teams that have created games for console, mobile and immersive media.

Console & PC

Console & PC

Looking for the very best games for PC & Console. The games can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects allowed, but finished games preferred.

Immersive Media

Immersive Media

Team and individual games that have been designed to use the latest immersive media headsets and systems. Completed projects preferred, but game play examples and trailers accepted.

Mobile

Mobile

This category is for individuals and teams that have created a game for mobile devices. The judges are looking for finished games here, but feel free to submit trailers if necessary.

Contest Group

Career Opportunities

There is simply no better way to launch your career with a fully paid Internship at these incredible companies from around the world.

Weta Digital

Weta Digital

Weta Digital is looking for an Intern to join the modelling team for one month of experience.

BVN REAL

BVN REAL

BVN REAL is looking for one lucky winner to (virtually) mentor.

Outpost VFX

Outpost VFX

Outpost VFX are looking for one lucky winner to (virtually) mentor from the VFX category.

Goodbye Kansas Studios

Goodbye Kansas Studios

Goodbye Kansas Studios is looking for 1 x intern to join the team for 4 weeks of experience with their world-class team.

Ninja Theory

Ninja Theory

Ninja Theory is looking for an Intern to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.

Epic Games

Epic Games

For over 25 years, Epic Games has been making award-winning games and engine technology. 5 entrants will win a telephone interview with the talent team looking for hire applicants.

BINYAN

BINYAN

Binyan is looking for one lucky winner to mentor from the Arch-viz category.

Browzwear

Browzwear

The world's leading true-to-life 3D garment design software.

Kilograph

Kilograph

Kilograph is a leading Arch Viz Company in Alicante Spain offering a internship to an aspiring architectural visualisation artist.

INDG

INDG

Making every product playable - digitizing full product portfolios at scale in CGI through automation and in-house technology.

Important Looking Pirates

Important Looking Pirates

Important Looking Pirates is looking for 3 x interns to join the team for 2-3 months of experience with their world-class team.

ON Animation Studio

ON Animation Studio

On Animation Studios is looking for an 3D Artist to mentor for 4 weeks of experience with their world-class team.

IO Interactive

IO Interactive

IO Interactive is looking for a 3D Animator and a Concept Artist to be the lucky winners of a (virtual) mentorship.

2G Studio

2G Studio

2G Studio is looking for one lucky winners to (virtually) mentor from the Arch viz category.

Contest Group

Specialty

Don't quite fit any of the other contests listed above? The contests in this specialty group might be exactly what you've been looking for.

Young Guns

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.

Autodesk
Unreal Engine
Adobe
SideFX
Substance by Adobe
Teradici
Chaos Group
Dell Technologies
Dr.Reel
Epic Games
Foundry
Marmoset
Maxon
NVIDIA
Unity
Wacom
Weta Digital
2G Studio
3D World
BINYAN
Browzwear
BVN
Crystal Dynamics
Flipped Normals
Goodbye Kansas
Important Looking Pirates
INDG
IO Interactive
Kilograph
Marvelous Designer
Ninja Theory
On Animation Studio
Outpost VFX
Sini Software
Sketchfab