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All judging will be performed internally by the jury. First and foremost, submitted images will be judged on the strength of their emotive and narrative elements, with technical excellence as secondary criteria. Participating artists must demonstrate clarity of thought and emotion in their finished images.

Panel of Judges

Greg Bear
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including:

Greg is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. Awarded two 'Hugos' and five 'Nebulas' for his fiction writing, one of only two authors to win a 'Nebula' in every category, Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction." His most recent novel is 'Quantico', a near-future examination of law enforcement, politics, and terror both domestic and religious. 'Darwin's Radio' and 'Darwin's Chilren' (1999, 2003) form a sequence about viruses and human evolution and are published by Del Rey and HarperCollins UK. His stories have been collected into an omnibus volume by Tor Books.

Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Army, the CIA, Sandia National Laboratories, Callison Architecture, Inc., and other groups and agencies. His novels 'The Forge of God' and 'Anvil of Stars' have been optioned by Warner Brothers, and 'Darwin's Radio' and 'Darwin's Children' have been optioned by Michael DeLuca and Howard Braunstein.

  • Greg's website
  • Greg Bear on wikipedia

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    David Brin
    David Brin is a scientist, public speaker, and author. Several of his novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on The Postman. His fifteen novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

    Brin's 1998 non-fiction book - The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? - deals with a wide range of threats and opportunities facing our wired society during the information age. His chief argument, that openness is more effective than secrecy at fostering freedom, sparked controversy and garnered the prestigious Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association.

    David Brin's papers in scientific journals cover an eclectic range of topics from astronautics, astronomy, and optics to alternative dispute resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution. His Ph.D in Space Physics from the University of California at San Diego followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Space Institute and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    David's latest novel - Kiln People - has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once.

    As a speaker, David Brin shares unique insights - serious and humorous - about ways that changing technology may affect our future lives. Brin lives in San Diego County with his wife, three children, and a hundred very demanding trees.

  • David's Website
  • David Brin on Wikipedia

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    Brian Pohl
    Brian J. Pohl is co-owner and pre-visualisation supervisor of Persistence of Vision Digital Entertainment (P.O.V.). He has served as the previsualization lead/supervisor on I,Robot and Stealth at Digital Domain. Brian is trained and experienced in a number of 3D animation and compositing packages and during his spare time, occasionally teaches classes on Maya and previsualization at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles and at CGWorkshops.

    Brian has recently worked as a rough layout technical director on Sony Pictures Animation's Open Season, where his role included rough layout blocking, camera animation, set dressing and designing complete sequences with directors Jill Culton (Pixar), Roger Allers (Disney), and Anthony Stacchi (Wild Brain Inc).

    During the early 90's, Brian began his pursuit of digital animation and visual effects after completing his degree in Broadcast Design and serving several years as an officer in the United States Army. Once his military service obligation was completed, Brian formed a small design firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he provided his clients with a number of services, which included graphic design and broadcast animation. Intent on furthering his knowledge and proficiency in these rapidly advancing fields, Brian moved to Los Angeles to study a newly emerging 3D animation package called Maya.

    While in Los Angeles, Brian obtained a position on a previs project for the film, Behind Enemy Lines. This opportunity expanded when the film’s previs supervisor, David Dozoretz, hired Brian to be apart of the Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones previs and design team up at Skywalker ranch. From there, Brian was transferred to Industrial Light and Magic where he worked as a previs artist on a number of films that include, K19: The Widowmaker, Men in Black II, The Hulk, Terminator 3, Van Helsing and THX-1138 Special Edition. Brian's other credits include The Island, Eragon, Open Season and Journey 3-D.

  • Persistence Of Vision

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    Dehong He
    (G. Brush)

    Dehong He comes from China, and only started creating comic books eight year ago. After illustrating some comic books for a friend's publishing company, he began to show an interest in painting illustrations for books and pictures for games.

    He was then employed by a game firm making games such as 'Conquer', 'Zero' and 'Hero' etc. He was responsible for creating concept art and posters for the studio. Dehong is now freelance, spending most of his time painting works for magazine covers and comic books around the world.

    In July 2006 he entered the the CGChallenge XIX "The Journey Begins" and gained first place in the 2D category. Since then Dehong has been collaborating with a director to paint the concept art and matte painting for her new movie.

  • Website
  • CGPortfolio

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    Damian Bajowski

    Damian is from Poland, and has been creating CG for six years. His recent focus is on 2D work, though he is also familiar with 3D graphics. He recently graduated from studying architecture, during his education he contributed to various projects - from computer games to illustration and TV commercials.

    After completing his studies he chose to work in the games industry, "where there is a wide scope for creativity and fresh ideas". He is currently working as Senior Concept Artist at CDProjekt Red Studio on the upcoming PC RPG title 'The Witcher'.

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    Kris Costa

    Resident artist at CafeFX, working as 3D character artist/generalist, Kris has been a passionate CG artist for over 14 years. Moving from TV to film industry two years ago, his work can be seen in recent projects such "Barnyard, The Movie", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Snakes on a Plane" and "Zathura". He won the 3D Grand Prize in two past CG Challenges, "MachineFlesh" and "Master and Servant". Kris has also had work and tutorials published in various websites, galleries, books and magazines.

  • Kris's CGPortfolio
  • Kris's website
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