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Humans Meet Aliens At The CGSociety

The CGSociety has launched the largest CGChallenge ever, with more than $100,000 in prizes.

In this, the 22nd CGChallenge, entrants are challenged to depict the relations between humans and aliens. Teams are invited to enter Videos while individual entrants can enter into either Image or Video categories.

In addition, there are nine special skills awards up for grabs: Modeling, Texturing, Animation, Lighting, Visual Effects, Landscape/Matte Painting, Art Direction, Compositing and Editing, and Best Character.

The CGSociety has teamed up with internationally acclaimed author David Brin for this challenge. As an author and scientist, Brin is no stranger to competitions, digital art or futurism. He has won three Hugo Awards (two for Best Novel).

This includes the classic novel, STARTIDE RISING which won Nebula, Hugo, and LOCUS Awards for Best Novel in one year. THE POSTMAN movie with Kevin Costner was based on Brin's novel of the same name and STARTIDE RISING is in pre-production. Brin's 1989 thriller EARTH also foresaw both global warming and the future World Wide Web.

The Challenge opens on Wednesday March 19, 2008.

Both Image and Video categories will commence at the same time but they will run for different periods of time:

The Image category will run for eight weeks, finishing on May 12, 2008.The Video categories will run for 12 weeks, finishing on June 9, 2008.

For more information on Challenge XXII go to

For more information on previous Challenges go to

The Uplift Universe Challenge is sponsored by BOXX Technologies, SOFTIMAGE, NVIDIA, Autodesk, Pixologic, Luxology, e-on Software, REALVIZ, Corel, Stash, Gnomon Workshop and Ballistic Publishing.

The CG Society is the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists. The CGSociety supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote, by celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in all aspects of digital art. The CGSociety, along with its sister organization Ballistic Publishing, is a division of Ballistic Media.