3D Environment Competition 2014 Winners    


We're proud to announce the 3 winners for the 2014 3D Environment Competition!

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!


Grand Prize Winner

Subtropic by Alen Vejzovic

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Software used: VUE Infinite.

What the judges said:

"This reminds me of the stuff we did for Avatar. Great lighting, great sculpting. I just would have wished for a bit more depth in the far end."
Peter Baustaedter - Visual Effects Art Director, Marco Polo Productions

"Interesting and realistic looking environment with good texturing detailing and plant coverage. One can feel the heat and humidity from the sun and atmosphere. Good integration of rock and plant growth, particularly in the distance the islands look very much like the karst formations of Southeast Asia."
Paul Huston - Senior Digital Matte Artist at Industrial Light & Magic.

"Excellent balanced composition and great silhouettes!"
Scott Brisbane - Head of Matte Painting, Dreamworks Animation

"I always love to find a hidden beach. It feels tranquil and lost. It almost feels real but with a hint of hyper-realism. This really shows what VUE can do. Very nice."
Dark Hoffman Senior Digital Matte Painter, The Mill

"This illustration exhibits a wealth of technical details and imagination which come together perfectly to produce a great still. The key to the success of the still is the artist's understanding of depth and light. You can almost feel the humidity!"
Max Dennison - Senior Matte Painter, Double Negative TV

"Everything in this work, from the inviting tropical water to the simple but effective atmosphere, is very well done, with great attention to detail."
Eran Dinur - VFX Supervisor, Brainstorm Digital

"Great work! Nice composition, good lighting and scale."
Stephane Belin Art Director, Blizzard Entertainment

"Great composition, scale and realism, a place the viewer feels they want to spend some time in."
Tom Greenway Founder and Managing Director, 3dtotal.com

"Fantastic detail and realism, enforced by strong composition and beautiful colours."
Ian Dean Editor, 3D World magazine

"Fantastic attention to detail and sense of scale. A beautiful image."
Jim Thacker Editor, CG Channel

Alen Vejzovic will receive the following prizes worth over $9800:

  • VUE xStream
  • PlantFactory Studio
  • LumenRT Studio + Publisher
  • Ozone
  • Carbon Scatter Pro
  • Pixologic ZBrush 4R6
  • Full Master collection of all Geekatplay videos
  • HELIOS Artist
  • GEOGLYPH
  • Master Class Los Angeles DVD
  • 3Dconnexion SpacePilot Pro
  • 3dtotal Mega Bundle
  • 1 year subscription to 3DWorld magazine
  • D'artiste Matte Painting vol. 1, 2 & 3
  • 1 year CGConnect membership
  • $100 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership


First Runner Up

Forgotten by Vishwesh Sant

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Software used: VUE Infinite, Photoshop.

What the judges said:

"The artist has gone beyond any technicalities and created a superb image that one could easily believe. Very well done!"
Max Dennison - Senior Matte Painter, Double Negative TV

"Powerful in its simplicity, this very effective image combines beauty and tension by hinting rather than revealing. We are drawn into the light and want to discover what's hidden behind those trees. Great work!"
Eran Dinur - VFX Supervisor, Brainstorm Digital

"Great mood - it's really hard to get lighting like this right and the artist pulled it off."
Peter Baustaedter - Visual Effects Art Director, Marco Polo Productions

"Good lighting atmosphere and mood... I would like to see a bit more development of the far background area... it is too uniform... adding depth back there would add a lot to this image. The midground is very nice with great subtle detail at the waters edge."
Paul Huston - Senior Digital Matte Artist, Industrial Light & Magic.

"I love the mood and the simplicity of this piece. This demonstrates a great sense of economy and taste."
Stephane Belin Art Director, Blizzard Entertainment

"Once again, simplicity wins - very atmospheric! "
Tom Greenway Founder and Managing Director, 3dtotal.com

"Strong composition and mood that carries off the stillness of the scene perfectly."
Ian Dean Editor, 3D World magazine

"The empty boat hints at a mysterious narrative, in a beautifully gloomy scene."
Mike Hepburn Head of Creative and Marketing, Ballistic Publishing/ CGSociety


Vishwesh Sant will receive the following prizes worth over $5700:

  • VUE Infinite
  • LumenRT Studio
  • PlantFactory Designer
  • Ozone OR Carbon Scatter + Carbon Botanica
  • HELIOS Apprentice
  • GEOGLYPH
  • Master Class Los Angeles DVD
  • 1 pack of 10 tutorial videos from Geekatplay
  • 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro
  • 3dtotal Mega Bundle
  • EXPOSE 11
  • 1 year subscription to 3DWorld magazine
  • 1 year CGConnect membership
  • $75 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership


Second Runner Up

Deep Jungle by Maciek Sikora

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Software used: VUE Infinite, PlantFactory Studio.

What the judges said:

"I like the complexity of the tree roots/vines wrapping everywhere and the density of the ferns... This image has the vital and almost menacing feel of jungle. I would like to see better integration between the roots and the moss growth and rocks and a bit more suggestion of background."
Paul Huston - Senior Digital Matte Artist, Industrial Light & Magic.

"Beautiful light quality! Love how natural the exposure feels and the humidity in the air."
Scott Brisbane - Head of Matte Painting, Dreamworks Animation

"Nice feel of a fantasy/realistic misty forest. Would have loved to see more layers and depth through the mist past the waterfall, but the overall sense is soothing."
Dark Hoffman Senior Digital Matte Painter, The Mill

"Very well done, classic jungle scene. Plants look terrific."
Eran Dinur - VFX Supervisor, Brainstorm Digital

"Interesting mood and detail but would have been fantastic with more local color. Feels too graded."
Stephane Belin Art Director, Blizzard Entertainment

"Very beautiful image, the illustrative qualities are superb."
Tom Greenway Founder and Managing Director, 3dtotal.com

"Vibrant and detailed, there's a lightness to the scene that feels fresh and the composition works well."
Ian Dean Editor, 3D World magazine


Maciek Sikora will receive the following prizes worth over $1700:

  • VUE Complete
  • PlantFactory Artist
  • 1 pack of 5 tutorial videos from Geekatplay
  • Helios Apprentice (one year licence)
  • Master Class Los Angeles DVD
  • 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator
  • Exotique 7
  • 1 year subscription to 3D World magazine
  • 1 year CGConnect membership
  • $50 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership


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