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3D Environment Competition 2017 Winners Announced

We're proud to announce the 3 winners for the 2017 3D Environment Competition!

We are always impressed by the creativity and excellent work shown in our contests, which encourage Artists to keep pushing their composition and 3D realism skills to a new level.

We would like to thank the judges for their dedication and enlightening comments, all sponsors for their generous contribution, the Cornucopia3D staff for their invaluable help, and of course, all participants.

Congratulations to the winners for their truly superb works!

3D Environment Competition 2017 Winner

At the Heart of the Island by Alen Vejzovic

Alen Vejzovic will receive worth over $17,000 in prizes!

First Runner Up

Wonderfully Alone by Alessandro Mancini

Alessandro Mancini will receive worth over $8,000 in prizes!

Second Runner Up

Fisherman by Maciek Sikora

Maciek Sikora will receive worth over $4000 in prizes!

3D Environment Competition 2017 - e-on Academic Winner

Cave by Jonathan Bacheter - ArtFX

Jonathan Bacheter will receive worth over $4000 in prizes!

3D Environment Competition 2017 Finalists Announced

We're excited to announce the 10 finalists for the 2017 3D Environment Competition!

A big thanks to all the 160 artists who entered this year, we were in awe of all the artwork and it was a very close call.

Wishing good luck to the judges on selecting the 3 winners, it will be a tough decision :)

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced on October 31st, 2017. Check back to see the results!

The Sword in the Stone by Luigi Marini

Fisherman by Maciek Sikora

Wonderfully Alone by Alessandro Mancini

At the Heart of the Island by Alen Vejzovic

Unplugged by German Jarrys

Anyox Dam by Cynthia Decker

Cretaceous Impression With Waterfall by Lars Braad Andersen

First Contact by David Aguero

New Civilisation by Marvin Funke

Tree of Knowledge by Ralph Strean

3D Environment Competition 2017 Opens

Over $30,000 in Prizes to Award the Best


E-on software, in association with Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, ArtStation, CGChannel, CGSociety, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, Routledge, Gnomon School, Bournemouth University and Ecole George Melies is honored to invite you to participate in the "3D Environment Competition 2017".

With judges that are leading experts in the major fields of the 3D entertainment industry, and with over $30,000 worth in prizes, this competition is the biggest we haves ever organized!

Watch the 3D Environment Competition Trailer on Youtube

Main and Academic Categories

For the first time, the competition will have 2 distinct categories, with specific prizes for both.

The main category is opened to every Artist (professionals and hobbyists), and the second category will be dedicated to Students.

To keep things simple, all entrants will submit their entry to the same gallery, however, Students must add an Academic watermark to their submission to be considered for the e-on Academic category.

Learn more from the Competition rules page.

Judging Performed by Industry Legends!

The "3D Environment Competition 2017" judges are all Industry Legends in the world of 3D graphics, from the Motion Picture, Game, to Media and Broadcast industries:

Extensive Set of Hardware, 3D Tools and Resources to be Won!

With over $30,000 worth in prizes from e-on software, Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, Routledge, this is a competition you don't want to miss!

See the full prize list here!

Main Category:

  • The winner will receive over $17,000 worth in prizes
  • The First runner up will receive over $8,000 worth in prizes
  • The Second runner up will receive over $4,000 worth in prizes

E-on Academic Category:

  • The winning team will receive up to $4,000 worth in prizes per team member

More about the prizes and sponsors>>

Read more info and the submission guidelines from:

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Save 30% on VUE and TPF 2015 - Receive 2016 for FREE

>> Full pricelist

This special offer ends on October 10, 2016.

*Special offer does not apply to Maintenance extensions, ATC licenses, License Server and Network Rendering Licenses.

Equip Your School 2016 Student Program

Equip Your School 2016 Student Program

As an enthusiastic and passionate Artist, you are using either VUE or PlantFactory and really enjoy creating your 3D natural scenes/environments with it?

You're having fun with our tools, and you know for fact how these tools can be useful in a professional context?

You are a student and would like to share this technology and your passion with your professor and fellow students?

Get your school equipped* and receive a full suite of e-on software products for FREE!
For any questions or to apply, contact:

*A School/University/Community College is considered as "equipped" when they have subscribed to e-on software ATC (Education) program

Jungle Book Art Contest Winners

Cornucopia3D is proud to announce the 3 winners for the Cornucopia3D Jungle Book Art Contest!

We would like to thank all Artists who entered the contest. We were more than impressed by the quality of your artwork!

And of course, congratulations to the 3 winners for their truly superb works!

Jungle Book Art Contest Winner

Forgotten Place by Aron Kamolz

First Runner Up

Jungle River by Lars Braad Andersen

Second Runner Up

Alone in the jungle by Maciek Sikora

Honorable Mentions

The Mire by Craig John

Small Adventures by Benjamin Aeilkema
Check all entries and the prizes each winner has won!

Jungle Book Art Contest - Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes

Jungle Book 2016 Art Contest

"He would be far away in the jungle; tasting, touching, seeing, and feeling new things." - Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

Spring has emerged and in the spirit of the Jungle Book Cornucopia3D is offering a new contest for the best Jungle Rendering of all time!

We want to see an explosion of vegetation, green mountains, clear skies, or maybe cloudy skies, a wild animal or two peeking from behind a tree or up in the branches.

A man or a woman might be lost in there. Any wolves?

In 1894 Kipling wrote a collection of stories that were published in magazines with wild illustrations that were actually created by Kipling's father.

Many have read the jungle book and seen the black and white Hollywood classic, possibly more people are familiar with the many feature films, animations, experimental pieces, and cartoons that were based on the Jungle Book plot and now, with the explosion of 3D, Disney is releasing a new version for 2016.

And it's your turn, create an image that lures you into the Jungle and win great prizes from Cornucopia3D and e-on software.

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

With prizes from Cornucopia3D and e-on software the 3 winners will receive several thousands of dollars worth of prizes altogether.

1st place:

First Runner Up:

Second Runner Up:

Learn more and enter the competition:

Star Wars Fan Art Contest Winners

Cornucopia3D is proud to announce the 3 winners for the Cornucopia3D Star Wars Fan Arts Contest!

We would like to thank Paul Huston for his dedication and enlightening comments, and of course, all participants.

Congratulations to the winners for their truly superb works!

Star Wars Fan Arts Winner

Take One by Rob Wildenburg

Paul commented: This is a professional looking composition!

First Runner Up

Hoth Aftermath by Jefferson Lim

Paul commented: Good integration of model with landscape. Good snow material. Good Star Destroyer damage. Would have been nice to see more exposed rock so that the landscape is not so uniformly one color/texture.

Second Runner Up

Hidden base by Maciek Sikora

Paul commented: Great use of the strengths of VUE, interesting environment!

Honorable Mentions

Being A Star Wars Fan by Adrian Baker

Watching by Gary Capps

Check all entries and the prizes each winner has won!

Star Wars Fan Art Contest - Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes

The Force Awakens!

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away..."
The story begins with a light saber that is lying on the desert planet of Jakku just waiting for a mysterious someone to retrieve it. War is still raging in the Galaxy with Star Destroyers and The Millennium Falcon.
It has been 30 years since the Rebel Alliance's victory and some of our old characters are back along with some new ones ready to fight the empire.

"It's true... All of it... The Dark Side, the Jedis... They're real!"

This contest is for all the Star Wars fans out there that want to use their 3D skills and create an image reflecting the wonders of this epic masterpiece.

Judging performed by Industry Legend!

For the first time this contest will be judged by an industry legend rather than the C3D/e-on admins.

Please welcome Paul Huston, Senior Digital Matte Artist at Industrial Light & Magic.

Paul is the only VFX artist who has worked on all 7 Star Wars movies!

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

With prizes from Cornucopia3D and e-on software the 3 winners will receive several thousands of dollars worth of prizes altogether.

1st place:
First Runner Up:
Second Runner Up:
VUE xStream 2015
PlantFactory Producer 2015
1 year CClub Membership
VUE Complete 2015
PlantFactory Designer 2015
1 year CClub Membership
VUE Esprit 2015
PlantFactory Artist 2015
1 year CClub Membership

Learn more and enter the competition:

Galactic Civilizations III Game Environments with VUE

"VUE is the tool that helps me refine and execute my visions!"

Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker, Digital Artist.

Please meet Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker, Freelance digital Artist in Germany. In this article, Christian describes his latest work, creating environments for the acclaimed interstellar strategy game Galactic Civilizations III.

Read Christian's interview:

Cornucopia3D Celebrates 10th Anniversary

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes." - Proust

A moment flies by so quickly, one loses track of time. Let us freeze for a second and look back and enjoy the ability to have memories. It has been ten years since Cornucopia3D has come to fruition! This decade of growth is worth celebrating. So much timeless artwork has been posted onto our galleries. The community has grown and created profound, epic, and humorous artwork that has exponentially improved and evolved with the technology. So this October we are going to present an image contest that represents the passage of time in ten years!

What does that mean to you?

How would you represent ten years in one single image?!

Hundreds of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

With prizes from Cornucopia3D, e-on software, Geekatplay, D&D, Didier Vallez, Quadspinner, Eugenia, RealMesh, Walther Beck, Patrick Wojtkowiak, Luigi Marini, Don Webster and Jason Cordero, the 3 winners will receive several hundreds of dollars worth of prizes altogether.

Learn more and enter the competition:

Save up to 50% on over 900 items!

To celebrate Cornucopia3D's 10th anniversary, 10 of Cornucopia3D's top vendors are offering up to 50% on their entire online store!

Check what's on sale:

Not One - But Two e-on Products Nominated for 2015 CGAward

We are extremely proud: both VUE and LumenRT
are nominated for the 2015 CG Awards!

We would have been excited to be nominated once. We're ecstatic to be nominated twice: VUE xStream 2015 is nominated as Update of the Year and LumenRT 2015 as Innovation of the Year!

To share our excitement with you, we have decided to celebrate with a huge promotion:

Save up to 50% on any e-on product!

Starting today, all our full licenses of VUE, LumenRT, PlantFactory, Carbon Scatter or CloudFactory are 30% off! We are also offering 20% off upgrades!(1)

And you get 50% off the second (and subsequent) if you buy two or more of our products before July 12! This also applies to multiple seats of the same reference.(2)

To take advantage of this offer, simply place your order at the e-on software online store:

This offer will expire on July 12, 2015 July 19, 2015, so don't delay!

If you like this offer, vote for VUE and LumenRT at

(1)This special offer does not apply to the e-on License Server, Network Rendering licenses, Cornucopia3D modules for VUE Artist, and Maintenance extensions.

(2)The 50% discount offer only applies to orders placed from e-on software's online store. All purchases get the standard 30% (resp 20%) discount. Simply send a note to our online feedback center before July 31, 2015 and we will refund the difference between the price you paid and 50% of the cheapest product SRP purchased by you between now and July 12. Refunds will be processed within the 30 days following the end of the offer.

Sochi Winter Olympic Games Opening with VUE

"No other program can boast of flawless capacity to manage billions of polygons, of very convenient realistic lighting tools, of methodologies like EcoSystems, and of many other priceless designer tools!"

Roman Senko, Digital Environment Artist

In this exclusive interview, Roman Senko, a young Russian Digital Environment Artist and Motion Designer, goes behind the scenes of the Sochi Winter Olympic opening sequence that aired during the opening ceremony, and was seen by hundred of millions of people on the planet.

VUE and PlantFactory in Furious 7

Check out one of the amazing Furious 7 Matte Paintings created with VUE and PlantFactory by Dark Hoffman.

We have interviewed Dark about his work on many Blockbuster movies a few years ago.

More recent VUE work from Dark Hoffman can be seen at

VUE Environments in Ascension Le Film

Check out this amazing 7 minutes short film by five (now former) Supinfocom Arles (MOPA) students, Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry and Florian Vecchione.

Tools used: VRay on 3ds Max and ZBrush for modeling, lookdev, FX, lighting, and rendering, Maya for animation and cloth, and VUE xStream for the environments.

The short film received many prestigious awards including Best Short Film at the Angouleme Film Festival 2014.

Read the full article on Animation World Network.

30% Off VUE 2015 Esprit, Studio and Complete

The VUE Esprit, Studio and Complete 2015 introductory sale ends May 3, 2015.

Save up to 30% on full licenses and 20% on all upgrades from previous versions.


Special Offers


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Other upgrade and sidegrade options are discounted too, including the new upgrade paths from VUE 7 and up! Check the online pricelist for more details.

CGAwards 2015 - 3 Weeks Left

The CG Awards 2015 is a celebration of the most amazing CG art and technology that has been created over the past year in the world of animation, VFX and computer hardware.

There's only 3 weeks left to cast your votes for:

Cast your votes now!

While you're there you may also cast votes for other Creative Awards too!

New 8 Weeks Online VUE CGWorkshop

Starting on June 1st, 2015, CGSociety will be holding a new 8 weeks online "Matte Painting with VUE CGWorkshop", taught by VUE guru Scott Brisbane, Environment Artist at Weta Digital, and former Head of Matte Painting at Dreamworks Animation.


This course is an exploration into the creation of digital environments utilizing VUE Infinite. Working with industry professional Scott Brisbane over eight weeks you will develop strong skills using VUE across the entire digital matte painting workflow. You will also learn how to incorporate this powerful program with your work Photoshop and Maya.

With sophisticated features such as EcoSystem Painting, Procedural Terrains, Spectral Atmospheres, and SolidGrowth plants VUE is rapidly being adopted as a "tool of choice" in many leading studios. In this CGWorkshop Scott will share many of the tips and tricks he has developed over 10 years of production using these tools on Films Like Avatar, How to Train your Dragon and Croods.

Scott will provide weekly feedback and critique on your work and hold several live webinars during the course.

What You Will Learn

At the end of this course you will have a strong and comprehensive understanding of VUE's powerful environment creation tools to take your Matte Painting's to the next level. The entire digital Matte Painting workflow will be covered giving you confidence in creating stunning realistic environments with cutting edge techniques that have been used at animation and visual effects studios around the world.

You will also have created an environment of your choosing for your portfolio and reel.

More information:

We interviewed Scott last year about his story with VUE.

40% Off VUE and PlantFactory 2015


The VUE (Infinite and xStream) and PlantFactory 2015 introductory sale ends April 12, 2015.
Save up to 40% on full licenses and 25% on all upgrades. 

Don't delay!