Rendering Contest

In an earlier post titled “Piston Cup Renders” I asked my readers to submit renders of my Piston Cup. I understand that setting up a model and rendering a scene takes a lot of time and patience and people usually have better things to do with their time. So taking that into consideration this time I decided to have a real rendering contest and got Thomas Teger, VP of Marketing at Luxion, to sponsor more than $4000 worth of prizes. OK, so now that I’ve got your attention let see what the prizes are:

  • First Prize: 1 license of KeyShot Pro worth $1,995
  • Second Prize: 1 license of KeyShot with 1 year Subscription worth $1,195
  • Third Prize: 1 license of KeyShot worth $995

KeyShot is the rendering product by Luxion. It is one of the easiest rendering programs that I have used, although I must admit that I haven’t used many. To get a sense of how easy it is this is what I came up within a couple of minutes after installing the product. Since I am a novice at rendering I asked Al Dean of DEVELOP3D to judge the contest.

OK, if you are interested in taking part in the contest please pay close attention to the following because this contest maybe a little different than what you may have come across in the past. Download the model of a Porsche GT3 in OBJ format from here (17 MB). Next take a good look at the following picture. Download it somewhere on your computer because you will need it.

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You need to render the GT3 using the rendering software of your choice and make it look at close to the image above as possible. This contest is not about how “good” you can make the GT3 look. Rather, it is about how “real” you can make it look. Actually, this makes Al’s job quite easy because all he needs to do is compare the image above with the one that contestants send.

I took this picture during my recent trip to the US while roaming in Boulder. It was in the evening as can be seen from the angle of the shadows. You are free to use parts of the picture as decals. There is no need to add the other cars in the picture. Simply place the GT3 on an empty road. However, I think you will need to add some extra geometry to the left of the car to get those shadows and reflections. And needless to say, you need to position your camera exactly how I positioned mine. Please send one image only.

This contest will run for the next two weeks. Last date for submission is 22nd October. Please send in your entries by email to me at deelip (at) sycode (dot) com along with your contact information including country, company you work for and the details of the rendering software that you used. I will be posting the entries after the contest ends and the winners will be chosen shortly thereafter. If you want me to share your contact information on this blog for others to see and maybe contact you, let me know. This maybe helpful if you are interesting in taking up rendering projects for others.

I’ll be grateful if you could spread the word about this contest in the forums you visit, on Twitter/Facebook or your blog if you have one. The link to this post is

Update (11-Oct-2010)

A second category has been added to the contest. This new category gives you more freedom in the sense that you are free to render the model in any way you like, and not be limited to making it look like a photo. See “ Rendering Contest – Second Category” for details.


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