Why must entrants be members of CGTalk or CGSociety?

We need to be able to contact all entrants – we have one registration system. This also means that all competition entrants are covered by the same set of Terms and Conditions.

          [i][b]Do I have to submit an image in the 2560 x 1600 size?[/b][/i] 
          [i][b]What if I want to do a different aspect image?[/b][/i] 
          You can fill it out to 2560 x 1600 with black borders. 
          [i][b]Why do entrants have to be 18 or older?[/b][/i] 

Prizes include travel packages that need to be sent to a person 18 years or older. There are also restrictions on minors entering competitions in some countries, so it’s only fair to apply the same age restriction to the whole world.

          [i][b]Are there any work in progress uploads?[/b][/i] 

No. This is not like a CGChallenge. There are no work in progress requirements. All you have to do is upload your entry before the deadline of February 10th 2009.

          [i][b]Can NVIDIA use my art for marketing without asking me?[/b][/i] 

No. NVIDIA can only use your art as part of gallery, wallpaper or other collections of similar images with your full credits attached. If NVIDIA want to use your work in some other way they will have to contact you directly to get your permission.

          [i][b]Do I still own my entry?[/b][/i] 

Yes. The copyright to your image is yours. The only uses Ballistic and NVIDIA have right to are those outlined in the rules.

          [i][b]Why must  entrants grant Ballistic Media and sponsor (NVIDIA) first right to publish their submitted work in any media?[/b][/i] 

NVIDIA are the sole sponsors of this competition and have requested this to prevent any unscruplus competitor trying to exploit entrants work. We agree that it would not be fair to let some competitor benefit from NVIDIA’s sponsorship of this competition. This is why we agreed to this restriction in running this competition – it’s fair.

What image file size is best?

Try to keep images under 2MB. Compressing them with something other than Photoshop will help, as will using a lower compression setting - there is no need for 100% quality when compressing JPEG files.


Dear GC society!

Is it allowed to work on a 2D image instead of 3D rendering?

Kamen Anev


March or February? This will make a huge different for folks entered Steampunk… I guess it is just a paste from previous challenge. Thanks.


Heh - yep, it’s a copy paste job - from a nvart that didn’t end in march either :slight_smile: Yes, it ends Feb 10th


yes - 2D is fine


Does it need to look like it was made by Jacek Yerka himself? Not only in terms of color / materials but also the shapes / modeling?

Beautiful contest this one.

Thank you!


Does it need to look like it was made by Jacek Yerka himself? Not only in terms of color / materials but also the shapes / modeling?


Can we submit a work done in both 3D and 2D, i mean doing the big architectural stuff in 3D and then paint over to refine details or add textures to the image/doing a strong compositing work… How much are we free with the used medium ?

Can we add character(s)/animal(s) (detailed or not) to our scenery or is it environnement only ?


Hi my name is shkelzen kernaja i like to enter for the challenger i am 17 yers old in the 10/01/09 i am going to be 18 years old, do you think i can enter my image after 10 january.

thanks you.


Sae question as aboves… does it`s allowed to create his own style but use the techniques and colors of Jacek? I mean does I have to have the same architectural style of the buildings as he have? Or can I design techy skyscrapes as far as they meet the “ambient diffusion” look and colors?




You can enter your image after birthsday and its ok isnt(you can spend more time to increase quality of your image) ? You dont have to show work in progress before.


Hey,first,thanks for such a great challenge!:applause:I would like to know though,where will the discussion be held off?I mean i don’t see any threads in the NVArt - Surreal forum section except FAQ so far.:shrug:



If you want to discuss about general stuff you can prbably on contest root site:

or if you have questions, here at FAQ.

If you wnat to discuss about images you have to wait for eneterants :slight_smile: or you can be first one and for sure discussions will start :slight_smile:


Similar question to some of the others…

Are these images supposed to be 3d/2d recreations of his paintings, or, compositions that we create which pay homage to things found in the art of Jacek, or, do we just use his art style and create something completely on our own that just emulates this actual painting style?


thanks to Staszek :slight_smile:



Hello all!

Well I got questions which are not technical at all, so I hope it’s alright to post it here:

  1. Why did you choose to make a “final entry only” contest instead of a work in progress area?
  2. Is that possible for people who wish to share their work and are looking for advices to create a work in progress thread?
  3. Finally, I’m really surprised that Yacek Yerka is not part of the judges, but will him have a word to say on winners?

So this is not question about creation, but rather for my curiosity (hope it’s ok…)
By the way, big thank to you for organize a so original contest!


can the resolution be 1600 x 2650? portrait style?


1.in the final image we have to say how we do the image if is 3d or 2d composition and the sofware too like n3d max?
2. the instructions of the style paint color that we have to achieve , what happends if someone put shadows or dont get the same inmk and paint style that would be desqualified or will have les spoint with judges?
3. why there are permited 2d and 3d images? i tough this was a 3d challenge
4. how many images can i put in the contest? i would like to post 3 images can i?
5. using ambient oclusion drops a shadow that is permited?
6. last thing can i usea a standar material and a texture in mi difusse and ambient oclussion in my selfillumination?


1 - We have a work in progress challenge - the NVArt challenges are designed to appeal to a different set of people than the CGChallenges.

2 - Yes, you can use the WIP section of the site - however you’ll need to host the images yourself.



Only the specified resolution may be uploaded, if you wish to use a portrait aspect, you’ll need to use black-bars. The size was chosen as it’s the resolution of 30" monitors.


1 - How you made an image is not part of the requirements, although if we doubt the process is digital we may ask you.

2 - If people don’t match the look and feel we’re after, then they’re not going to do as well.

3 - We don’t like to discriminate - so long as the image is digitally created, it’s eligible.

4 - as many as you like we’d prefer you put a lot of effort into one image, than a small amount into several images.

5 - yes

6 - yes