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Rookie Awards 2021 Announced

This year's 'Rookie of the Year' winners of the world's most prestigious competition for aspiring design and media entertainment artists were selected from a pool of more than 4,000 entries.

The Rookies has just announced winners for the Rookie Awards 2021, the world's most prestigious and well-respected competition for aspiring design and media entertainment artists.

This year’s competition received over 4,000 entries; winners represent the very best new digital artists, selected by a judging panel that includes top experts in their creative and technical fields.

Winners were selected by scoring each entrant based on criteria including creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential. As in previous years, the results were extremely close with only a few points difference between the majority of nominees.

“It always seems so cliche to keep saying the quality of entries is better each year, but it's happened again. The quality of work submitted to the contest is truly inspiring” said The Rookies co-founder Andrew McDonald.

According to one of the judges, Pierre Mahut, Head of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, 3D & Immersive at Adobe at Adobe, “2021 entries have reached another level! Almost every finalist of this year could have won last year contest! So impressive. Congratulation to all participants.”

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

Rookie of the Year - Winners

2D Animation
3D Animation
Visual Effects
Concept Art
Game Development
Immersive Media
3D Motion Graphics
Product Design
Architectural Visualisation

Film of the Year - Winners

2D Animation
3D Animation
Visual Effects

Game of the Year - Winners

PC & Console
Immersive Media

Some of the winning work:

Source: The Rookies

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.