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The Rookie Awards Launches 2022 Competition

One of the world’s most important digital skills contests is now open to aspiring artists in VFX, Animation, Games, VR, Motion Graphics, Concept Art and Design; entries will be accepted in all categories now through June 1.

The Rookies are now accepting entries for its global competition – the Rookie Awards. One of the world's leading digital skills contests, now in its 12th year, the Rookie Awards recognize the talents of aspiring artists who want to launch their careers in the fields of visual effects, animation, games, VR, motion graphics, concept art and design.

Three major new sponsors, Autodesk, Unreal Engine, and Lenovo are participating this year. The following companies are also sponsoring the contest and actively helping provide opportunities for aspiring digital artists:

Adobe; SideFX; Teradici; Chaos; Dell Technologies; Epic Games; Foundry; GridMarkets; Marmoset; Marvelous Designer; Maxon; NVIDIA; Ninja Theory; Wacom; Weta FX; 2G Studio; 3D World; BVN; Crystal Dynamics; DNEG; Dr.Reel; Flipped Normals; GRAPH; INDG; IO Interactive; Kilograph; On Animation Studio; Outpost VFX; Sini Software; That's No Moon; Unity; Unsigned Studio; beloFX; and Realworld One.

"Celebrating new talent and ideas, The Rookie Awards provides creators of all skill levels with a much-needed platform in their emerging careers,” noted Julie Lottering, director, Unreal Engine Education at Epic Games. “Epic is proud to sponsor The Rookies as they continue to recognize the exceptional work of students and schools across the globe.”

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This year sees a Mega Prize Giveaway valued at $25,000. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and win a fully kitted out workstation from Lenovo, as well as various software licenses and hardware.

“Autodesk is proud to sponsor the Rookie Awards again this year,” commented Diana Colella, VP, Media & Entertainment Business Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk. “I’m continuously amazed and inspired by the passion, imagination, and incredible talent of aspiring artists, and look forward to seeing how this next generation raises the bar even higher.” 

“We are really excited to introduce Virtual Fashion as a new category,” remarked The Rookies co-founder Andrew McDonald. “With the rise of digital photography and the fashion industry adopting more sustainable production methods, it’s the perfect time to showcase the talent emerging from training institutes around the world.”

“We are really proud of our judging panel this year, which has a strong female voice with more than 80 incredibly talented and trailblazing women in their fields,” added The Rookies co-founder Alwyn Hunt.

The official Category Groups and Categories are:

  • Rookie of the Year - 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Concept Art, Game Development, Immersive Media, Motion Graphics, Product Design, Architectural Visualization, and Virtual Fashion.
  • Film of the Year - 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects.
  • Game of the Year - Immersive Media, Mobile, PC & Console.
  • Career Opportunities - 15 available across games, visual effects, animation, architectural visualization, and digital fashion.
  • Specialty - Young Guns, School of the Year

Important dates for the Rookie Awards are:

  • March 7, 2022: Entries open
  • June 1, 2022: Deadline for entries
  • July 9, 2022: Finalists Announced
  • July 27, 2022: Winners Announced

Additional information is available here.

Source: The Rookie Awards

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is assistant news editor at Animation World Network.