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Hard Time © Deepak JainSubway 2041 © Tim Jagodka


As 2020 is a difficult year, we will all be explorers to seek hope in 2021. The explorer can be a traveler looking for a mysterious place, a spacecraft roaming through the Milky Way, or a doctor researching the vaccine. Please create your 3D render, show the explorer in your mind and explore your possibilities.


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The challenge ends on May 9th, 2021 (UTC+8) and the winners will be announced on May 20th, 2021 (UTC+8).


  • Your entry must relate to the challenge’s theme (we strongly encourage you to set your imagination free)
  • Your entry must be a 3D rendered image, 2D or concept art is not allowed
  • Your entry can be created by one artist or a group
  • There’s no limitation on styles and the choices of software and plugins
  • Your entry must be original art created specifically for the challenge (no existing projects)
  • Minimal use of third party assets is allowed, as long as they are not the main focus of your scene (third party textures and materials are not included in this rule and can be used freely)
  • Feel free to enhance your rendering
  • Images that depict hate, racism, sexism or other discriminatory factors are not allowed
  • Works must be submitted before the deadline
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PIXL VISN Media Arts Academy


Ben Cheung

Vice President Fox Renderfarm

Ben Cheung
Kariem Saleh

Filmmaker & Character Animator

Kariem Saleh
Miho Aoki

Associate Professor Computer Art University of Alaska Fairbanks

Miho Aoki
Frank WANG Yefeng

Media Artist, Assistant Professor, Digital Media Curriculum, Art Department, Rhode Island College

Frank WANG Yefeng
Cenay Oekmen

VFX Tutor of Pearson College London

Cenay Oekmen


Here are some great inspirational works for you.

Andrei KhrutskiiAndrei Khrutskii
Alberto NicoliniAlberto Nicolini
Ken NguyenKen Nguyen
Ken NguyenKen Nguyen
Yisus CastellonYisus Castellon


Hard Time

Title: Hard Time

Created by Deepak Jain

1st Place

What Deepak says

In this hard time where people are finding it hard to breathe and oxygen is costlier than life this was the only positive i never wanted. In a country of colors and love we are seeing helplessness and deaths but we have been a fighter and this too shall pass. In this picture I have portrayed the helplessness people are facing, sorrow and a little hope that we can fight this too.

What our jury says

Ben Cheung: Highly detailed scene, goose bumpy mood setting, great lighting and color temperature, deserted hospital equipment versus body and seems new dress makes this excellent art work very creepy.

Frank WANG Yefeng: A mesmerizing image! It makes one feel like being in the same room with this character. The photo-realistic rendering proliferates a sense of empathy. Simply moving!

Kariem Saleh: This indeed is looking like a hard time for the girl in the center of the frame. Lighting and color contrasts play nicely in this very atmospherically dense frame. The setting is visually rich, though very effective in using and reusing a limited amount of assets and geometry. You feel like you want to step into the screen and get her out of this misery.

Cenay Oekmen: Powerful storytelling.

Xcenselabs Team: The details are exquisite, Mottled walls, Rusty instruments....strong skills. The reverie space of the theme is very large. The atmosphere of sadness appeared on the paper.

Explorer Stumbling upon Heavenly Gates

Title: Explorer Stumbling upon Heavenly Gates

Created by Kay John Yim

2nd Place

What John says

Children are often believed to have memories before they were born - for some believe fairy tales are young boys and girls' recollections of the pre-existence world, fractals of flashbacks that give us a glimpse into "Heaven".

What's lesser-known is that since one's worldview only settles when they reach 11 years old, children perceive the world through a pair of unbiased lens, and are able to see what adults would subconsciously discard as fiction or fantasy.

For this reason, they are also seen as Explorers living in their own worlds of fantasy, exploring their own memories of pre-existence - except that their tales of Heavenly Gates and Angel Stories are not memories before they were born, but rather unbiased perceptions of our reality visible only to the sinless minds.

What our jury says

Miho Aoki: I think many of us had childhood experiences where we wandered in bushes and suddenly realized we have come very far from home. We turned around and went home, but this image made me think what'd if we keep going a bit farther. Maybe we got totally lost or maybe walked into something magical like this scene. The lighting and the flying flower petals show a suspended moment of wonderment of the child encountering the angel and the gate.

Corona Renderer Team: There is a genuine sense of wonder captured in the image, and I think a sense of wonder is what drives all explorers. Also, with the child being the explorer here, it takes me back to being a kid when every day was an adventure, and I would head out over the beach or down a disused railway line never knowing what magic I would find (or at least conjure in my imagination as to what might be around the next corner or over the next hill!)

Leaving the colony

Title: Leaving the colony

Created by David Aguero

3rd Place

What David says

The colony settlement was a failure, I'm the last colonist to leave, don't come back, everything is falling apart - end of message.

What our jury says

Frank WANG Yefeng: Very rich colors and visual elements in a single frame. The composition suggests a very successful sense of depth. I can't stop imagining what it will look like if it's converted to a VR environment.

Miho Aoki: A spaceship is leaving a town on the bottom of a cliff. The town appears to be some sort of a mining operation or settlement. The artist used colors and surface materials very effectively. The color of the town is like the rocks and doesn't look like a very good place to live. The spaceship is painted green and looks very different from the town. It makes me wonder if the spaceship is escaping from the dying town or on a mission to save it, but it looks like a great adventure is waiting for the people aboard.

Corona Renderer Team: I like the sense of motion in this one, the spaceship setting out on a journey to who-knows-where. Whether that is their home behind them and they are setting out for new places, or whether they discovered the colony behind them and are returning home to report their findings, there is a definite sense of exploration in this one.

Xcenselabs Team: The details are exquisite, the pattern on the rock, Reflections in the water....strong skills. Visual sense is like film.


Subway 2041

Title: Subway 2041

Created by Tim Jagodka

1st Place

What Tim says

A post apocalyptic Subway entrance that is being discovered after a civil war.

What our jury says

Frank WANG Yefeng: The graffiti sign states "no future," which resonates really well with the scene outside of the subway exit. It makes one wonder what has happened outside. This is a very inspirational approach to depict a post-apocalyptic world.

Miho Aoki: Are we looking through the eyes of someone who just came out from a safe space underground after a catastrophic event on Earth? It looks as if the person is venturing out to the outside world after years of staying underground. The grown plants indicate it's been a long time since they evacuated from the outside world. Bright light is blinding and masking the view of the outside. We can just imagine how the world looks like and what the person will encounter out there. The graffiti suggests that people once lost hope, but this person dares to go out to the world and explore. The lighting is excellent, and the artist used the contrast between light and dark very effectively.

Cenay Oekmen: Nice light setup and very good texture work.

Xcenselabs Team: Very lifelike characters. The light at the exit is hopeful.


Title: Underwater

Created by Rafael Garcia del Valle

2nd Place

What Rafael says

Explorers finding weird creatures deep in the ocean.

What our jury says

Miho Aoki: The artist created the mysterious underwater feel and sense of depth and scale successfully with the lighting and colors. The color scheme with blue contrasting with red and yellow is beautiful. It looks like the underwater explorers are doing some research and just realized giant marine organisms appeared. The contrast between the dark and rigid-feeling silhouettes of the submarine and rocks and the round forms and bright colors of the creatures enhance the organic feel of the creatures. It makes us wonder what is going to happen next.

Kariem Saleh: The picture sucks you right in and deeply under the sea's surface. You want to join the explorers of this image on their journey into the unknown. This could be right out of a Jules Verne sci-fi movie. The steampunk design elements play extremely well with the organic nature of the creatures and rock scape. Awesome work!

Corona Renderer Team: I love how this reminds us that there is so much exploration still to be done right here at home - the depths of the oceans are still such a mystery! And I like how the creatures are both fantastic, yet very plausible. To wrap it up, the dynamic poses of the characters in the scene give a sense of drama and action, it looks like they were exploring some rocks or other structures when suddenly a never-seen-before behemoth comes into view.

Explorers from the future

Title: Explorers from the future

Created by Andrey Oliver

3rd Place

What Andrey says

Imagine if we humans, in the distant future exploring the borders of our dimension, rediscovered ourselves in the past, thinking that it is another species.

What our jury says

Ben Cheung: One of the best student works, believable lighting, mood setting, attention to details, even the No parking sign are rendered nicely, though the background forest looked a bit flat, otherwise excellent work.

Frank WANG Yefeng: The image has a great sense of humor. We don't know who is landing this aircraft, but obviously the pilot doesn't understand the "No-Parking" sign!

Kariem Saleh: Great combination of painterly looks and 3D rendering. who didn't ever park his ship in a no-parking spot? The cartoony and still technical design of the vehicle looks absolutely stylish. The colors of the paint finish pop out greatly surrounded by this rough and hazardous landscape.


Professional Category

After Human
After Human © vipin semwal
Cavern Orc
Cavern Orc © Rafael Esnard Ferre
CyberCity © Gary Cheng
Explorer Stumbling upon Heavenly Gates
Explorer Stumbling upon Heavenly Gates © Kay John Yim
Hard Time
Hard Time © Deepak Jain
Leaving the colony
Leaving the colony © David Aguero
MarsOasis © Tim Chen
Memories © Wei Keat Chai
Research Region Regulus - Richter
Research Region Regulus - Richter © Purbo Alam
Retro Explorer
Retro Explorer © Alireza Seif
Satellites © Sameer Baloch
Sci Fi Airport
Sci Fi Airport © Najeeb Najar
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After Human

Title: After Human

Created by vipin semwal


Too alien for earth, too human for outer space.


Student Category

Underwater© Rafael Garcia del Valle
The cold grave
The cold grave© Sascha Bahr
Subway 2041
Subway 2041© Tim Jagodka
Port of the ark
Port of the ark© MUhammad Wahyu Aldi Pratama
Little mushroom inst
Little mushroom inst© Camila Moraes
Left Behind Under the Sea
Left Behind Under the Sea© Hanna Karalus
Gentle Giant - Explorer of the Sea
Gentle Giant - Explorer of the Sea© Jessica Wicher
Exploring sigma Nine-Five-Eight
Exploring sigma Nine-Five-Eight© Mark Innes
Explorers from the future
Explorers from the future© Andrey Oliver
A glimpse into the future
A glimpse into the future© Thomas Eckstein
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Title: Underwater

Created by Rafael Garcia del Valle


Explorers finding weird creatures deep in the ocean.

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