The Art Institutes - Journey Education Marketing National Animation Competition is sending first prizewinner 21-year-old Cody Pierson of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh on an all-expense paid trip to the SIGGRAPH Conference. Pierson's winning entry featured a rhino racing across a desert, which stops suddenly in mid-charge to watch a television showing four short vignettes that demonstrate Pierson's experiments with animation and style. He developed the animation using 3D Studio Max and AfterEffects. The contest, open to students of The Art Institutes system of schools nationwide, was judged by industry experts at a top employer in the field. Sponsoring the event was Journey Education Marketing, Inc., the leading multi-channel software marketer to the post-secondary academic market that includes students, faculty, staff and educational institutions. Second place prize went to Andre Romano, 25, of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Romano's two-minute animation, developed on Maya and edited with AfterEffects, takes place in a bar and features 10 wine glasses in pursuit of a bottle of wine attempting to get away. Twenty-five-year-old Larry Boos, also of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, won third prize for his film, GOOBOOS, featuring original animated characters of his own design. Each winner receives a combination of software packages from Discreet that include 3D Studio Max 4.0, Character Studio, Combustion and Reactor. Mike Fischler, CEO and president of Journey, said, "We were impressed with the professional look of the entries we received as well as the imaginative, real-life quality of the subjects. Based on what we've seen, the future of animation is alive and well."