Side Effects Software, developer of the Houdini family of 3D software, is promoting its Houdini Apprentice Edition with the announcement of the Houdini Apprentice Challenge 2003, an art and animation contest based around the software. Co-sponsored by Hewlett Packard and ATI Technologies, the contest aims to support existing users and uncover new animation talent for leading studios that use Houdini. Through June 15, 2003, 3D artists from around the world are invited to create work in any of three categories: Models, Character Animation and Effects. All entries must be created using the Houdini Apprentice Edition, which has been recently enhanced to include the latest Houdini functionality, and can now be downloaded online along with new video tutorials. A best entry in each category, as well as a best entry overall, will be chosen to win a range of prizes including an HP XW4000 workstation, ATI Fire GL X1 cards and Houdini commercial licenses. Top entries will also be promoted to the industry via a gallery showcase on the sidefx.com Website. All awards will be announced at SIGGRAPH 2003. For more information on registering for the Houdini Apprentice Challenge, or for Houdini Apprentice availability and download details, visit www.sidefx.com/products/apprentice/.