Rookie Awards 2024 - Open for Entries!

World of Real-time Discoveries

Discovering new worlds with their own life, creatures and biomes has always been something spectacular for the imagination and the adventurous spirit. Whether in movies or in video games, exploring these places is always something exciting and thrilling for the viewer.

World of Real-time Discoveries
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Important Dates

  • Open for submission 15th March 2021.
  • Entries close 15th May 2021.
  • Finalists Announced 26th May 2021.
  • Winners Announced 29th May 2021.
  • Dates mentioned are at 11:59 pm on the date in question.
  • All dates are based on GMT.


To enter the Contest, you (the Artist) must be an amateur artist with less than 1 year of professional experience in the visual effects industry.

In other words, you are not eligible if you have been employed and paid as a professional artist for a combined period of more than 1 year in a field that is closely related to the subject matter of the contest.

Exceptions to this rule are paid internships which do not contribute to your combined period of professional experience. The intent and spirit of this rule is to ensure you have not gained unfair advantage over other competitors. There will always be complicated use cases, so please contact the organizer if you’d like your eligibility reviewed.

How to enter

A few simple steps:

  • Create an entry page and share regular updates of your progress.
  • When you’re ready to submit your final deliverables, make sure to add The Rookies logo as a small watermark to help indicate to the judges which elements they should consider as final submissions.


  • 5+ renders of your final environment (1920 x 1080 minimum).
  • 1 x video cinematic of your final environment (1920 x 1080 minimum).


  • Environment

Please note: Projects submitted to The Artists portfolio will not be considered as an official entry. You need to submit a separate entry for the challenge


  • Scene must be rendered using a real-time engine (eg: UE4/Unity/Eevee).
  • Your scene must be original, unique and evoke wonder.
  • Your scene must include vegetation, foliage and a strong presence of storytelling that reflects the provided script.
  • Speedtree, Megascans and other third-party environment tools may be used in your scene.
  • Ray Tracing is allowed
  • You must share regular updated of your progress to your entry page. Entries that only upload a single update will be disqualified.

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.
  • By submitting your project you agree for Experience Points & The Rookies to share your project with their online community.
  • 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.
  • The Artist must submit an entry directly to our contest. Only entries that are submitted here will be reviewed by our judging panel and considered an official entry.


  • To render your environment, you can use any real-time engine like UE4/Unity/Eevee depending on what you like the most.
  • 5+ renders of your final environment (1920 x 1080 minimum).
  • 1 x video cinematic of your final environment (1920 x 1080 minimum).
  • Ray Tracing can be used as well as Speedtree and the Megascan database to help you create this great environment but it must be stated in the description.
  • All work must be done by you and not obtained by any 3rd party.
  • You are limited to 1 submission per artist.
  • Join our Discord channel to ask questions and get feedback about the contest from the community.

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.

  • The judges will be looking for entrants that show great technical and creative skills. The judges will also be looking for entries that share regular updates and get involved in the community.

  • We are looking for attention to detail, execution, and (most importantly) a ‘WOW!’ factor that leaves us speechless.

  • Feedback sessions will be available on Experience Points Discord server and occasionally a judge may live stream to the server providing real time feedback to those that request it.

Sponsor Prizes

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.


Any content submitted by teams, third-party vendors, educational facilities, studios or non-amateur artists (anyone with more than 12 months professional employment) 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 (No more than 12 monhts) 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.


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 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.