© Shiju NK

Santa's New Ride

Christmas is coming soon! Santa Claus is on the way to deliver gifts again. But Santa is coming a different way this year, he may ride a motorcycle, may drive a Lamborghini, or even get on a rocket! Please create your 3D render and show Santa’s new ride in your mind.

Enjoy your creation and happy render!



November 2nd - December 30th, 2020 (UTC+8)

Winners announcement time

January 8th, 2021 (UTC+8)


6 artworks will be selected and awarded!

1st Place Winner
  • XP-PEN Artist 13.3 pro Festival Version x1
  • Corona Renderer 1 year license x1
  • Redshift $500 coupon code
  • Fox Renderfarm $500 Render Coupon
  • Raysync Larger File Transfer pro 1-year license x1
  • TopoGun SINGLE license x1
  • 1 year subscription with 2500 credits per month
  • Texturebox Legendary Membership x 1 month
  • Friendly Shade 32K resolution Bundle x1
  • Graswald Pro Personal license x1
  • iCube R&D Group - MultiScatter, MadCar, CityTraffic license x1
2nd Place Winner
  • XP-PEN Deco Pro M x1
  • Corona Renderer 6 months license x1
  • Redshift $300 coupon code
  • Fox Renderfarm $300 Render Coupon
  • Raysync Larger File Transfer 50TB (pay as you go edition)
  • TopoGun SINGLE license x1
  • 2500 credit pack ×1
  • Texturebox Legendary Membership x 1 month
  • Friendly Shade 16K resolution Bundle x1
  • Graswald Pro Personal license x1
  • iCube R&D Group - MultiScatter, SplineLand license x1
3rd Place Winner
  • XP-PEN Deco 01 V2 x1
  • Corona Renderer 3 months license x1
  • Redshift $200 coupon code
  • Fox Renderfarm $200 Render Coupon
  • Raysync Larger File Transfer 10TB (pay as you go edition)
  • TopoGun SINGLE license x1
  • 1000 credit pack ×1
  • Texturebox Legendary Membership x 1 month
  • Friendly Shade 8k resolution Bundle x1
  • Graswald Pro Personal license x1
  • iCube R&D Group - MultiScatter license x1
Honorable Mention x 3
  • Corona Renderer 1 month license x1 for each
  • Redshift $100 coupon code for each
  • Fox Renderfarm $100 Render Coupon for each
  • Raysync cloud account 200GB download traffic for each
  • TopoGun SINGLE license x1 for each
  • 500 credit pack ×1 for each
  • Texturebox Legendary Membership x 1 month for each
  • Friendly Shade 8K Single texture for each
  • Graswald Personal license x1 for each
  • iCube R&D Group - MultiScatter license x1 for each

Besides, the winning artworks will gain a great amount of exposure and publicity.

  • Interview with Fox Renderfarm
  • Advertisement and promotion on our official website, social media accounts, and newsletters.

How to submit

Send your artwork to with your name and the name of the work.


  • 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


To Be Our Sponsor


Ben Cheung

Vice President
Fox Renderfarm

Kariem Saleh

Filmmaker & Character Animator

Miho Aoki

Associate Professor
Computer Art
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Julius Harling

Founder of Graswald

Tom Grimes

Marketing and Community
Corona Renderer

Frank WANG Yefeng

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

Nicolas Burtnyk

CEO of Redshift

Cenay Oekmen

VFX Tutor of Pearson College London

The Paramount Ride

Title: The Paramount Ride

Created by Shiju NK

1st Place

What our jury says

Fox Renderfarm Team: Scene and lighting both show loneliness feel, as Santa carrying vaccines reflects the current covid19 situation and gives the world some hope even it's in the dark. Almost painting like texture and color further reminding of lovable Norman Rockwell style. Great work!

Miho Aoki: I'm based in Alaska, and I see snow every day. This image does look like a small old gas station in winter here, though we don't have these old pumps anymore. There are very fine details on Santa and also on other places. I see the snow on the yellow metal numbers by the pump is half melted: it shows that the artist cared about the details. The lighting is excellent too. The thstronge of delivering vaccines is very timely and also resonates with the story of Alaskan dog sled teams delivering serum to a town to stop the diphtheria outbreak in the winter of 1925. This image makes me ask a lot of questions, like why is it a moppet? Can it fly? What has happened to reindeers? It'd be nice there are hints for these questions' answers in the image.

Frank WANG Yefeng: My top choice for the competition goes to “The Paramount Ride.” This rendering utilizes melancholic cinstrongatography to put us in deep contstrongplation of the challenges we went through in 2020. Black humor accompanies the sadness in the composition. The creator wittily transformed Santa’s vehicle into a Vespa scooter and the gifts into a package of the very much needed Vaccine. Details such as Santa’s gesture of looking at his watch shows that time is a pressing matter in this holiday season. With an intersection to the world’s current context, “The Paramount Ride” is not only exquisite in its technique but also profound in its content. It makes me wonder: is this beard biker in red our savior, or is he an incarnation of our lives’ disorder?

Kariem Saleh: This strong and funny concept really speaks to all of us after 2020. The image has a nice choice of colors, lighting and composition. Texture details are in all the right places and never distracting. This is a timeless snapshot of what we are all going through right now and might be a good rstronginder on anyones wall of the great efforts that we all made together to get through this difficult time.

XP-Pen Team: Visual Appeal——It is very detailed. The light, the snow and car marks in the snow all are dedicated!Storytelling——Feels a bit lonely and sad story, touch our hearts.Technical——Pertect!

Graswald Team: Lovely idea with a great reference to our current situation. The snow looks wonderful, I like the composition, the pose of Santa and the use of Red and White. Great job! Team: Excellent work overall, tells a story, beautiful lighting and use of color.

Texturebox Team: Modelling and lighting good , idea santa lost his deers and using a Vespa for disturbing gifts but it sestrongs he will be late.

Heavy Metal Santa

Title: Heavy Metal Santa

Created by Vinicius Villela

2nd Place

What our jury says

Cenay Oekmen: The Character is very interesting. I do like the Cartoon look. The Skin shader works nice. I do also like all the small details like the Fur part. Very good Framing.

Kariem Saleh: This one has a brilliantly funny general concept. The character design and modelling is very well executed and appealing. Excellent composition and very nice overall shading and coloring. Very well done! I wonder what kind of presents he actually delivers ;)

Corona Renderer Team: This one nailed the cartoon look with just enough detail but not too much, so that it didn't fall into the uncanny valley of realistic yet cartoon, but went fully cartoon. I also love this Santa full of attitude! The good use of depth of field then rounds it out nicely.

Graswald Team: Love the idea and the execution. The different materials look spot on (the hair, the belly, the fabric) and makes you wanna watch a Pixar movie about this character. Great storytelling and impressive implementation! Team: Great concept, fantastic modelling, and the materials and shading are top notch!

Texturebox Team: Santa's workshop looks like cyberpunk , texturing is good, I feel inside a game in this render.

Santa Is Crashing To Town

Title: Santa Is Crashing To Town

Created by Hoang Nguyen

3rd Place

What our jury says

Fox Renderfarm Team: Sci-Fi setting makes one wonder why Santa is from space? Does he live on the moon? Very attention to details, the smoke, the lens flare, gives more mysteries for the story.

Miho Aoki: This image presents a lot of anticipation. Is Santa OK? Did he try a new way of coming to the earth this year? Is he going to come out now? What will the police do? The image is very detailed and coherent and allows us to explore the details to look for clues. The lighting effect and smoky/dusty feeling are very well done too.

Frank WANG Yefeng: SANTA IS CRASHING TO TOWN” challenges our conventional impression of Santa’s pleasant arrival at Christmas times. The focal point of the composition shows a disastrous crashing site with gifts scattered all over the ground. The police cars put Santa (who is already in deep trouble) under siege, making the viewers question what could happen to him next. The protagonist here is ironically being depicted as an accidental “intruder.” The post-apocalyptic atmosphere of the image resonates with all the unprecedented events we encountered in 2020. This wrecked flying craft might serve as a metaphor for our time filled up with turmoils and unpredictabilities.

Kariem Saleh: That piece is based on a really cool and original idea. The atmosphere is sucking you in. All color and lighting choices in here are stellar and spot on! Now we finally know how Santa travels around the globe so quickly.

Cenay Oekmen: I love the Idea of a Santa using a spaceship capsule. Overall composition is lovely. Nice and Gritty.

XP-Pen Team: Visual Appeal—— The whole layout of dense and strongpty place distribution is very reasonable, the atmosphere is also very clever, the details are full, is the kind of common at the first sight, but the more you see the more taste of the map, the new mount is the space cabin this idea is very good.Storytelling—— The cabin that landed on alert is actually Santa's new car! It is so imaginative!Technical——Perfect!

Texturebox Team: I think the idea is unique than others. Modelling and texturing is very good. Santa is not from the earth and is really good.

Santa's New Ride A Phoenix Hope

Title: Santa's New Ride A Phoenix Hope

Created by Kay John Yim

Honorable Mention

What our jury says

Miho Aoki: I was immediately drawn to this image. This work took the idea of a "new ride" to a very different level. If Santa Claus, who brings wonderful joy to all children, wishes a new ride, it might be a supernatural one like this. It looks as it can go anywhere beyond the speed of light. The sense of the three-dimensional space, scale, lighting, and details of the image are excellent, and they all contribute to the happy feeling of the scene.

XP-Pen Team: Visual Appeal—Both the light shadow and the final effect are fantastic, and the idea of the phoenix as the new vehicle of Santa Claus is really interesting. A little perspective+symmetrical composition+the red decorated by Santa Claus and the brightest yellow of Phoenix make the whole painting fall on the main body, which is very nice. Storytelling—The birds flying up, the movstrongents of the crowd, the deer on the moon, the Christmas tree in the street, the snowflakes like feathers, the snowman in the corner, this painting is full of stories.Technical—Perfect!

Corona Renderer Team: Lots of love in this image! To begin, I love that it looks like a conventional Christmas card in its colors and format, yet the subject matter is very surprising. I love the level of detail in this, with all those twinkling lights, the snowflakes, the reindeer taking it easy on the moon now that the new ride has taken over (nice touch of humour there!). Above all I love the "glass Phoenix" which makes a dramatic and powerful centerpoint to the image, and is very different from anything else we saw. Team: I love the dynamic and magical feel in this image.

Santa's On The Future Ride

Title: Santa's On The Future Ride

Created by Hieu Trinh

Honorable Mention

What our jury says

Graswald Team: I am a big fan of CG Lego (and real Lego) and really loved this idea and its technical execution. I only wish you could see Santa more clearly or any other character that could have told a more interesting story.

Santa's New Ride

Title: Santa's New Ride

Created by Maynard Ellis

Honorable Mention

What our jury says

Cenay Oekmen: Really nice work, I do like the Lighting and Material settings. The overall composition is spot on.


The Paramount Ride
© Shiju NK
Santa's New Ride
© Maynard Ellis
Santa's on the future ride
© Hieu Trinh
Cyber Santa
© Saatvik Bhatnagar
Heavy Metal Santa
© Vinicius Villela
© Hoang Nguyen
Santa Claus and Botmoto
© Mark Innes
Sled fighter
© Kyle Yeap
Santa's New Ride A Phoenix Hope
© Kay John Yim
santa workshop
© Wahyu Aldi
Santa's Beetle Sleigh
© Bijay Hstrongbram
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The Paramount Ride

Title: The Paramount Ride

Created by Shiju NK

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