This is an old challenge now, this thread is archived. If you scroll down to the Challenge #8 section of the downloads page, you'll see that the models can still be downloaded for your tests, and also that a gallery has been made of top entries. Feel free to browse this thread to see what others have posted, even though you can no longer post here.
Lighting Challenge #8 is on-line!
Dan Wade modeled this scene based on the concept work of Gary Tonge. The image above is Dan Wade's rendering of his own scene. Now, thanks to Dan's generosity, and with Gary's permission, all of us can try lighting this evocative scene! Download the scene files here:
All shading and rendering techniques are fine, as long as the scene is lit in 3D. Any minor modeling tweaks you want to make to the scene are OK. This scene was built to be rendered from this camera angle; if rendered from other angles it might not appear as complete. After you've posted your own entries, please share how you did it and try to help other people with their projects.