Spectacular Challenge Sponsors
• Boxx Technologies
• Softimage
• Alias
• Autodesk
• Maxon
• The Gnomon Workshop
• Pixologic
• E-on Software
• Luxology
• Corel
• Ballistic Publishing


All 'Spectacular Challenge' 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


Linda Bergkvist
Linda Bergkvist is an award-winning artist from Sweden whose digital paintings have been featured in EXPOSÉ and d'artiste. She is as much a storyteller as an artist with an evocative illustration style featuring mystical settings and stunning characters. Though she studied English with the intention of becoming a teacher, Linda cut her studies short to work as an illustrator. Most of her time is now spent as a comic book colorist, a part-time teacher of Photoshop at a local university, and as a freelancer.


Rob Coleman
Rob Coleman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the classical film animation program at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1987 before working at the National Film Board of Canada and at a number of small animation studios in Toronto . He has been nominated for two Oscars for his work on Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace and two British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) for his work on Men In Black and The Phantom Menace. He has received two MTV Movie Awards and two Saturn Awards for best visual effects on the Star Wars films. Rob was also chosen as one of the most creative people in entertainment when he was added to Entertainment Weekly's It List in 2002 as their It CG-Creature Crafter for his work on the digital Yoda.


Kris Costa
Kris has been a passionate CG artist for 13 years, entering the film industry last year when he moved from Brazil to the USA to work as a Character Animator for "Barnyard" (2006). Recently he was hired as resident lead artist at CafeFX (Sin City, The Aviator, Sky Captain, etc.) doing animation, modling, rigging, and texturing. In the past he has won at the "Anima Mundi" festival, as animator and art director for the Brazilian short movie "O Lobisomem e o Coronel". 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.


Dan Curry
After gaining a Master's degree of Fine Arts in Film and Theatre, Dan taught painting, drawing, graphic design, set design and fabrication, perspective drawing, and rendering before joining the motion picture industry. Dan worked on the Star Trek TV series as Visual Effects Supervisor and as Visual Effects Producer on Star Trek, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, he also directed second unit for all three shows. Dan's work has included conceptual design, motion control photography, animation, electronic and optical compositing, matte painting, space ship design, storyboarding, and martial arts choreography. Dan is a 12 time nominee and a 7 time winner of various Emmy Awards for his visual effects work. Dan has worked on over 70 feature films, speaks fluent Thai and Lao, and is a martial arts expert.


Daryl Mandryk
Daryl Mandryk has worked on many projects in television and games, most recently completing a three and a half year stint at Electronic Arts. There he worked as a Concept Artist on the Def Jam series of games, as well as contributing to other projects.  He is currently the Lead Concept Artist at a brand new production studio, which has yet to be officially revealed.  He is known for both his 2D and 3D work character work.  His work has appeared in many books, magazines and web sites, and his bold, action heavy designs have won him two CG Challenges (2D). This time around, Daryl will be participating from the other side of the contest as a member of the Jury!

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