NVIDIA & CGSociety
NVIDIA is a driving force in the graphics industry. From its inception in 1993 NVIDIA has pioneered new graphics technology at breathtaking speed. NVIDIA is now a twenty billion dollar company with annual turnover in excess of 3 billion dollars along with double digit profits. But however successful the company is financially, it's the staggering pace of innovation, technical excellence and passion that endears NVIDIA to creative professionals.
I have long enjoyed an excellent relationship with NVIDIA. Both as a reviewer of their products in earlier years, as well as an industry partner at conferences and events in recent years. NVIDIA have also been a constant and significant supporter of the CGSociety and Ballistic Media. They are major sponsors of the CGChallenges and are always looking for new ways to enhance the CG community.
NVIDIA want to extend their involvement with the global community that they feel a part of – the digital arts community. There is an excellent fit between the CGSociety and NVIDIA's activities as a patron of the CG arts and it was with great pleasure that we accepted an invitation from NVIDIA to launch this first digital art competition under the NVArt title.
It would be easy to dismiss this as a clever marketing ploy by NVIDIA – but this is simply not the case. We know the people at NVIDIA, they are passionate about their work and the creative arts industry they helped create. They are active members of the CGSociety -- some of their senior staff have their personal work published in our books. Their vision for NVArt is clear and generous.
NVIDIA's role in the industry and its success are in no small part due to the vision and passion of its co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. It's Jen-Hsun who conceived this as a way of celebrating NVIDIA's collaborative success with the creative artists they regard as their peers. This is a vision that we whole heartedly endorse.
Therefore, Ballistic Media is proud to conduct the first NVArt competition for NVIDIA. I would personally encourage everyone to enter. It's a great opportunity for global exposure and a chance to win great prizes. More than that, NVArt has a destiny as great as the passion, resources and success of NVIDIA. I am thrilled that NVIDIA has chosen the CGSociety as a key partner in this vision. I know that the rewards of participation for everyone will go way beyond the prizes and recognition gained by entering this first competition.
President of the CGSociety.