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2019 Rookie Awards Announced

Winners of competition for aspiring design and media entertainment artists selected from over 3,400 entries representing 89 countries. 

The Rookies has announced its winners for the Rookie Awards 2019 – one of the world's most prominent and well-respected competitions for aspiring design and media entertainment artists.

The Rookie Awards 2019 received 3,458 entries from digital media and entertainment artists in 89 countries. Over 500 academic facilities encouraged their students to submit work and compete for the School of the Year title (announces August 2019), while students battled for Rookie of the Year, Game of the Year, and Film of the Year titles. This year students also competed for Studio Internships and Academic Scholarships.

The official categories for 2019 were: 3D Animation, Concept Art & Illustration, Visual Effects, Game Design & Development, Immersive Media, 3D Motion Graphics, Architectural Visualisation, Product Design, Film of the Year (Visual Effects, 2D Animation, 3D Animation), and Game of the Year (Console and PC, Immersive Media, Mobile).

“It always seems so cliché to keep saying the quality of entries is better each year, but it's happened again,” The Rookies co-founder Andrew McDonald said. “The quality of entries is truly inspiring and it's encouraging to see such amazing talent starting their careers.”

The winners were selected by the official Judging Panel which included over 120 highly influential and respected industry veterans. The Judges were asked to score entries based on criteria including — creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential.

According to The Rookies co-founder Alwyn Hunt, “People are genuinely shocked when they discover how amazing the student work is these days – even after all these years we are still constantly blown away with the quality and diversity of new talent.”

To see the full list of winners please visit each of the following category pages:

Rookie of the Year

3D Animation
Visual Effects
Concept Art & Illustration
Game Design & Development
Immersive Media
Architectural Visualisation
Product Design
3D Motion Graphics

Film of the Year

2D Animation
3D Animation
Visual Effects

Game of the Year

Console & PC
Mobile
Immersive Media

Studio Internships

3D Animation - Asia
3D Animation - Canada
3D Animation - Oceania
3D Motion Graphics - United States
Architectural Visualisation - Oceania
Game Design & Development - United Kingdom
Game Design & Development - United States
Visual Effects - Canada
Visual Effects - Europe
Visual Effects - Oceania
Visual Effects - United States

School Scholarships

CG Master Academy
Flinders University / CDW Studios
Lost Boys | School of VFX
Rising Sun Pictures Education
Think Tank Training Centre
UTS Animal Logic
Vancouver Film School

The Rookie Awards is supported by some of the industry’s leading companies: Autodesk, Shutterstock, Unity, Epic Games, Allegorithic, Foundry, Blackmagic Design, Chaos Group, Yellowdog, Pixologic, Wacom.

The following production studios are offering a range of fully paid internships and training programs to category winners: Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Polygon Pictures, Axis Animation, Electric Theatre Collective, CVD Studios, RodeoFX, NetherRealm, Monolith, Ninja Theory, BVN, Sarofsky, throughout Asian, Canada, Europe, Oceania, and the USA.

Source: The Rookies

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