The 5th Annual Renderosity Holiday Contest 2005

LillianH · November 7, 2005 7:09 pm

The 5th Annual Renderosity Holiday Contest
"Holiday Greetings from the Past, Present & Future"

We are excited to announce THE LARGEST contest in the history of Renderosity!

With more than $15,000 in prizes and 5 separate categories, there are more chances to win that ever before! We have more than 3 times the prizes as last year, plus a GRAND PRIZE from Alienware Computers!

Each category has something special to offer. Members may submit 1 entry per category. The winners will be selected by a judging panel. The Grand Prize winner will be selected from the highest scoring entry from each category. The next highest scoring winners will move up a prize level. There is a 1 prize per person maximum. Please review the Holiday Contest category pages for complete and detailed listings of the rules and submission guidelines.

We would like to give thanks to the following sponsors for giving so generously to our community and for the prizes we are about to receive. This year, we have added even more categories with more chances to win. Please join in the fun and festivities as we open the doors to our 5th Annual Holiday Contest!
Contest Sponsors




Aprox.Value: $2500

Future Publishing
1 Year Subscription


[1] MJ-12 5500 Alienware Professional Workstation
2,000 GHZ*Hrs*
of render time


To view the winners of each category, please click on the contest links below.
2D Category
3D Category
Short Stories


Visit the Renderosity Seasonal Section
for your cool winter and hot holiday products!

Article Comments

miharo ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 07 November 2005

wow... this is just wow!...

MOCA ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 November 2005

This contest is a BIG PRESENT for Holidays...Its Great!!!

JesterCGI ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

can i Animate a Short Story using 2D Photographs in 3D space then enter it in all 5 categories?

Khai ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

very nice. what IS the contest? I see rules, prizes and comments.. but nothing that actually explains what is being looked for! eg: what is the image supposed to be? xmas? easter? an advert for the next bondmovie? sorry for being dense, but a page of prizes and rules does not explain a thing....

Magnatude ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

I have never entered a Renderosity conest... but this time I will. so we can enter in multiple catagories?

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

Dear JesterCGI, You asked "can i Animate a Short Story using 2D Photographs in 3D space then enter it in all 5 categories?" Creative idea. However, each of the categories has specific submission requirements. Please carefully review each section to make sure you comply with the guideslines for that category. (But, I have to give you points for creativity!) Best wishes, Lillian

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

Dear Khai, Since this contest runs from November to December, the"Holidays" for the purpose of this contest may include: Ramadan -- October 4 to November 3 Eid al-Fitr -- November 4 Thanksgiving -- November 24 Hanukkah -- December 26 to January 2 Saint Nicholas Day -- December 6 Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe -- December 12 St. Lucia Day -- December 13 Yule (Winter Solstice) -- December 21 Christmas -- December 25 Boxing Day -- December 26 Kwanzaa -- December 26 to January 1 Omisoka -- December 31 New Year's Eve -- December 31 My apologies in advance if I have missed any November & December holidays that should be included in this list. Best wishes, Lillian

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

Dear Magnatude, Yes, you can enter in multiple categories. There is 1 entry per person, per category allowed. However, only 1 prize per person will be awarded across the entire contest. If by chance an artist places at the top in more than 1 category, the prize of lesser value will be awarded to the next highest scoring image in that category. Best wishes, Lillian

Khai ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

erm.. no. I'm not sure what you are talking about there Lillan... I meant, that the purpose of the contest is not clearly posted on this, the first page the user sees. it took a trip to the community forum(!) to find out that it requires an image with the 3 themes of Christmas past present and future. in the interests of clarity and ease of use surely this information should be easy to find? eg just under the prize list would be good... basically on this page which is the first seen??

Jerusha ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

Wow, amazing contest!! I'm really excited for this one, great idea with the categories, as this makes requirements much clearer. Kudos once again to Lillian and the renderosity team for organizing this and obtaining such wonderful sponsorship!

Bea ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 November 2005

Well, I think this sounds a lot fairer than the last competition :) Well done

TatDude ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 November 2005

This is great. I have entered in other contests but this will be the first here at renderosity. This is great, and the prizes are wonderful. :)

Eugenius ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 November 2005

Fantastic idea and good luck to all who enters the contest.

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 November 2005

Hi Khai, Thanks for letting me know it wasn't very clear in this Front Page article. I'll update the page layout to give a more descriptive summary of the overall rules and to let people know they need to read the rules that are posted on each of the contest category pages as some of the individual submission specifications vary slightly. Thanks, Lillian

ImNorma ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 November 2005

Is there a newbie category? I have only benn working with daz for a couple weeks. Norma

NightVoice ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 November 2005

Great contest! Quick question about the entry. Do the judges see the notes we can write or is that just for the members who look at them? Also, I see that Rend likes to show the entries as they come in. Have you considered not showing them until the deadline is reached? As ask because because some other recent contests elsewhere did this(hid the entries till deadline) and they had many similar looking entries but I think it was a good thing. So many times I hear people say "I was working on something, then I saw some other entry that looked pretty close to mine and figured I didn't have a shot. Or people will think I copied them." If people don't know what the competition looks like, you get a better response of what people really wanted to enter, instead of what they felt they had to enter. I know that is not really the case for judging, but new people just starting out might not know this. Probably to late for this contest, but something to think about for the next one. Thanks for your time! :)

mfarrise ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 November 2005

you are the greatest keep the good work we are with you

ToniJLO143 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 13 November 2005

Does the entry have to have past, present, AND, future in it or just ONE of the three? Thanks.

0re0 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 14 November 2005

From what i unbderstand it only has to be one of the three.but i could be wrong.

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 15 November 2005

Dear NightVoice, everyone can see the notes. But, please do not include your name as no signatures are allowed. At this time we do not have the option to hide the entries from public view in the contest area. Dear ToniJLO143, The entries MUST contain at least one (or more) element of past, present or future. It is suggested that they contain all 3. Best regards, Lillian

Sans2012 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 16 November 2005

Alien ware gives me chills, sweet:)

Eori ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 17 November 2005

Can we use 3d elements in 2d category? Thanks.

ks2020 ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 19 November 2005

This sounds like a really nice contest. One question can you use 2 or more photos blended into one picture to depict more than one element, and then enter it into the photo portion of the contest? Thanks for all of the helpful responses so far.

MSJedi74 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 21 November 2005

Question, you have the still size at 640x524, but what about the animation? Do they have to be 640x524?

communion ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 23 November 2005

What are the width/height submission guidelines for animation? Please clarify. Thanks, -Communion

Teyon ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 24 November 2005

The only current size requirement for the animation contest is for the file size, not the size of the screen. I would imagine, any animation you can make that fits hte required Mega Byte limit will do. Most likely the file size requirement will limit you to screen sizes at or below 800x600.

bevchiron ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 24 November 2005

Hi Eori Yes you may use some 3D elements as a starting point for your 2D entry but the image should be created for the most part in 2D applications. Hope that answers your question. Bev bevchiron

SusiQ ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 24 November 2005

With regards to the short story / writers contest, I like that the entries are emailed. Just one thing though. We have to enter our Real names, User names and Email address in the actual .doc or .txt. I was a bit unsure of this as the scripts are supposed to be anonymous. I assume you will be editing before posting the stories? Thanks for a really great competition and hugs to the sponsors!

infinder ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 24 November 2005

Are there any animation entries? Where could I see them? infinder

nemirc ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 24 November 2005

Animation frame limit would be 640x480 (standard NTSC frame). I'd encourage you use that frame size only. Other entries will show as they are approved. Thanks for reading