3D Environment Competition 2017 Winners    


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!



Winner

At the Heart of the Island by Alen Vejzovic - Final score: 108.6

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Software used: VUE xStream, ZBrush

What the judges said:

"Terrific location! Good color and details. Great composition. Natural placement of detail foreground trees."
Paul Huston – Senior Digital Matte Artist, Industrial Light & Magic

"I like the detail work, the rocks and the water. There's is great potential to this image, if only it had more depth. Hazing the far side of the canyon, darkening the shadows, and adding some depth of field could help."
Eran Dinur - VFX Supervisor, Brainstorm Digital

"Magnifique environnement très realiste. Niveau de detail et lumières sont impressionnants. Le concept ne raconte malheureusement pas d'histoire."
Jean-Denis Coindre - Lead Digital Matte-Painting, Universal Pictures - Illumination Mac Guff

"Wow. Beautifully lit and very believable, well balanced and understated"
Justin Gladis - Matte Painting Lead, Blue Sky Studios

"Great rock materials. What this is lacking is atmospheric perspective to separate foreground and background. It feels flat and noisy overall. A few minor tweaks to address those issues can really improve this picture."
Ethan Ayer - Matte Painter, Respawn Entertainment

"Composition is strong, we move through the image with interest, whilst the excellent attention to textural quality, render and lighting make this my favourite. Lighting is particularly strong."
Sofronis Efstathiou - BFX Competition & Festival Director, Bournemouth University

"I really like the feel of this piece. Great lighting and really good level of detail with the textures.."
Manny Fragelus - Founder and Program Director of CGMA and CGworkshops, CG Society

Alen Vejzovic will receive the following prizes worth over $17,000:

  • VUE xStream + 1 year maintenance
  • PlantFactory Producer + 1 year maintenance
  • NVIDIA Quadro M6000 – 24GB
  • HP Zbook Studio G4 Laptop
  • Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch
  • Pixologic ZBrush 4R7
  • $500 voucher on Geekatplay.com
  • Quadspinner GeoGlyph 2 Professional
  • $400 voucher on AsileFX.com
  • Eran Dinur's The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects Book
  • 1 year subscription to 3DArtist magazine
  • $100 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership


First Runner Up

Wonderfully Alone by Alessandro Mancini - Final score: 106.98

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Software used: VUE Infinite, World machine.

What the judges said:

"very nice foliage and tree placements."
Paul Huston – Senior Digital Matte Artist, Industrial Light & Magic

"Nice atmosphere and interesting primary shapes."
Justin Gladis - Matte Painting Lead, Blue Sky Studios

"Nice handling of materials and a great sense of atmospheric perspective. The rock formations feel a bit odd and unnatural. Focusing with the scale of the background formations can help emphasize forced perspective."
Ethan Ayer - Matte Painter, Respawn Entertainment

"Amazing attention to detail, and strong use of depth and tonal contrast. A classic VUE image."
Jim Thacker – Editor, CG Channel


Alessandro Mancini will receive the following prizes worth over $8,000:

  • VUE xStream
  • PlantFactory Producer
  • NVIDIA Quadro P5000
  • Wacom Cintiq Pro 16'
  • Pixologic ZBrushCore
  • $250 voucher on Geekatplay.com
  • Quadspinner GeoGlyph 2 Indie
  • $200 voucher on AsileFX.com
  • Eran Dinur's The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects Book
  • 1 year subscription to 3DArtist magazine
  • $75 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership


Second Runner Up

Fisherman by Maciek Sikora - Final score: 106.89

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Software used: VUE xStream, PlantFactory Studio, Cinema4D, Daz3D, Photoshop.

What the judges said:

"Lovely image...composition, story, details, lighting, atmosphere all really excellent."
Paul Huston – Senior Digital Matte Artist, Industrial Light & Magic

"There's a nice peaceful feel to this image and some enticing detail. I think that the man and his raft could get more focus if the left side of frame was more in shadow."
Eran Dinur - VFX Supervisor, Brainstorm Digital

"Well lit and rendered, scale feels a little off."
Justin Gladis - Matte Painting Lead, Blue Sky Studios

"Well composed picture, guiding your eye around the whole scene. Great sense of space and atmosphere. I like the original idea also."
Ethan Ayer - Matte Painter, Respawn Entertainment



Maciek Sikora will receive the following prizes worth over $4,000:

  • VUE xStream or PlantFactory Producer
  • Wacom Cintiq Pro 13'
  • NVIDIA Quadro P4000
  • $100 voucher on Geekatplay.com
  • Quadspinner GeoGlyph 2 Indie
  • $100 voucher on AsileFX.com
  • Eran Dinur's The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects Book
  • 1 year subscription to 3DArtist magazine
  • $50 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership



E-on Academic Winner

Cave by Jonathan Bacheter - ArtFX

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Software used: VUE xStream, Photoshop

Jonathan Bacheter will receive the following prizes worth over $4,000:

  • VUE xStream
  • PlantFactory Producer
  • Wacom Intuos Pro M
  • NVIDIA Iray licence
  • $500 voucher on Geekatplay.com
  • Quadspinner GeoGlyph 2 Indie
  • $100 voucher on AsileFX.com
  • Eran Dinur's The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects Book
  • 1 year subscription to 3DArtist magazine
  • $100 voucher on Cornucopia3D content
  • 1 year Cornucopia3D C-Club Membership


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