New Competition: Christmas 2011

Ho ho ho! With December almost upon us, it only makes sense to have a Blender Christmas competition.

The rules are simple: Create an image related to Christmas. The best image wins.


Christmas comes but once a year, so these prizes are a little bit more “special” than normal:

First Prize:

A Kindle Fire!


Second Prize:

An iPod Nano!

Third Prize:


  • It must be created with Blender
  • You may use any external renderer you wish
  • Minor post processing in Gimp or Photoshop is allowed
  • Minimum image size is 1280 x 720, but the bigger the better (any aspect ratio is fine)
  • Your image must be a new creation, not an existing project
  • It must be your own work. No bought/borrowed or third party models allowed (including MakeHuman)
  • Photographic elements are allowed, but must not be a central part of the image (sky backgrounds are okay)
  • Your image must in some way relate to the theme
  • The winner will be required to submit the .blend file for proof of it’s creation

Submissions and Deadline

Submit your entry here!

Entries must be submitted before 11:59pm GMT on the 19th of December.


Ultimately what you do with the theme is up to you, but here’s some inspiration to get your brain firing…

Created by Martin Nabelek

Created by Baolong Zhang

Created by Elif Serencio

Created by Keytoon Animation Studio

Tutorials that may help:

5 Reasons to Enter:

  1. Competitions push you to better your work by exploring new techniques
  2. It teaches you the importance of deadlines
  3. Focusing on a theme helps you to think creatively
  4. Competing against other artists is great motivation to improve your work
  5. Great way to showcase your artwork and get noticed

Don’t forget, the deadline is 11:59pm GMT on the 19th of December.

May the best artist win! :D

Submit your entry here!

DISCLAIMER: Apple and Amazon are not participants in or sponsors of this promotion. All prizes come out of my lowly pocket.

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Joshua Alger

    I am curios what you do with the .blend files after the competition? I want to enter but would like clarification as to whether the creator keeps all the rights to his/her art?


    btw I absolutely love your tuts. :D

    • Johnny

      He is simply judging them, not taking them. I don’t claim to know Andrew, but I think he would make it clear if he was taking our copyrights.

    • Andrew Price

      You absolutely retain all rights to the file. The only reason I ask the winner to provide the blend file is to make sure that they used Blender.

      This weeds out people who may try to enter the competition using other software :)

  • Michael

    Hey Andrew is it possible that winners can exchange their prizes to the nature academy?

  • Ricardo Viana

    Hey, I wanna make a render with the Jack Skellington, of The Strange World of Jack. Have problem in relation with the rule “Your image must be a new creation, not an existing project”?
    Don’t is a render of him, is a render with him.
    Thank you (:

  • thomas t

    wooh lovin the prizes and the theme except scotland gets far to much snow lol. indoor scene for me :D

    • Johnny

      Well seeing how Andrew lives in Australia, I think it would be fine to leave out the snow.

      My hardest thing is making something original, it is hard to find something that has not already been done; most indoor scenes are of a christmas tree and presents, and most outdoor scenes focus on the weather.

  • Ryan M.

    Time to put Cycles to the test.

  • Bryan

    Dangit, I just bought a tablet…

  • JB3d

    @ Marius and Greg Zaal

    Make it 3 boers boet. Havent had much time for blending lately with my real 3D job but this has my interest.

  • james

    is there any age limits?like im 12 years old.i’ve been doing blender for 2 years off and on.

    • Johnny

      Of course not! It does not matter how old you are, but how good your art is.

  • Kevin

    Did anyone else notice that the colon after “Third Prize” is a link? :P

    • Psi-lent Rain

      Lol…great easter egg andrew!

    • Newdles

      Your Fired

    • Andrew Price

      Haha. I’m glad someone found it. I thought it might have gone unnoticed :P

  • Oswaldo

    Opino lo mismo que José, si se pudiera algo en español seria maravilloso. seria un plus

  • Jose

    I like a good Idea. Because you do not put the page in Spanish or a translator also automatic.
    Use the blender internal engine 2.6 for the image.

  • Kieran

    I really want to buy the Wow Factor, but I’m not sure whats going to happen when cycles releases, are you going to make a new book? Are the changes going to be huge? Or do you think I will be ok with buying it?

  • Alex Medina

    Heh, what do ya know, it ends the same day I head out to see my girlfriend, definitely interested in doing this competition, can’t wait lol

  • Neil

    Hey Andrew how come there is no money going to a charity?

    • Andrew Price

      It’s the end of the year, so I decided to give back something to the community. Next comp will be for charity again ;)

  • MelstersCreations

    This is great!!!!

  • rodcreation

    i am trying to participate to this challenge!

  • MangaLou

    Hi, Andrew
    MangaLou from Madagascar here!! You’re doing great stuff !!!
    Great contest and great prizes!!! I’m going to do my best!!!
    Good luck everyone^^

  • Muaaz

    It could be cycles or not?

    • Andrew Price

      Yes. You may use any external renderers you wish.

  • A_Nony_Mus

    Hey Andrew,
    Great competition idea, awesome prizes, I am definitely going to do my best to participate. One question, though, where does all this money for prizes come from?

    • Andrew Price

      It’s all thanks to people who purchase The Nature Academy and The Wow Factor :)

      Glad you like the prizes.

      • A_Nony_Mus

        Oh wow, I can’t believe I forgot about that…

  • Florian Koch

    Is Arbaro allowed?
    It would help to make Christmas trees.

    • Andrew Price

      In this competition, yes I will allow Arbaro.

  • Tyler

    Are we allowed to use scripts to create trees, or do those have to be hand-modeled with particles for needles? I can’t think of a simple way to create a Christmas tree without a script for the branches.

    • Andrew Price

      Of course! Technically everything in blender is a script. So if you find a new script or add-on that creates cool results, go for it :)

      This excludes MakeHuman however as its basically a pre-made model. Everything else should be fine though.

      • Xnekal

        You are excluding MakeHuman, obviously, but not excluding scripts…does this include Arbaro since it sends in the preformed mesh??

        • Xnekal

          never mind….

  • Jeffrey Bright

    Hey, are we allowed to post animations? I have an idea in my head for an animation. but it wouldnt look right if it was just an image O.o

    • Andrew Price

      Nah sorry. In order to keep it fair and accessible to everyone I am only accepting images. Try to think about how you could portray that story in just one image :)

  • Silvia

    I’m going to neglet my job and house to take part in this contest!
    HO! HO! HO! :D

    • chaitanyak

      me too :)

  • Tyler

    Are you talking the Santa themed Christmas or the Jesus birthday it is based on?

    • Andrew Price

      It’s up to you. I personally am a Christian, but I won’t force you to make your work solely around Jesus. I also won’t be biased towards those who do.

      What matters is the end result and the feelings and emotions it portrays :)

      Best of luck!

      • Kenny White

        Awesome! I am a christian 2! I’ll see you in heaven someday mate!

        • Andre’

          Imagine the rendering speed in heaven.

    • Andrew Price

      Either. I personally am a Christian, but I’m not going to force that on everyone :)

      Just create whatever you feel most compelled to make.

      But most importantly: Have Fun! :D

      • Andre’

        Wish I could join the competition but my computer isn’t strong enough.:(

        • xDevilzDummyx

          Just try your best ~ better than nothing XD

  • Kenny White

    YES! Awesome prizes! I am totally going to enter!

  • Priit

    Heh.. will try it out to… I tried Blender few years ago, but I am still subscribed to your newsletter :) Now when I am few years older and smarter (I hope i am smarter) I will try it again :) I am really interested in it :) Thank You for “pulling” me back in :)

    • Andrew Price

      Awesome! Glad to have you back on the blender bandwagon :)

  • Luks

    I’m In!.

  • Sephster

    I’m not clear on the ‘no use of images’ part of the terms. Does this apply to texturing materials such as floors or walls?

    • Andrew Price

      No, you can use as many textures as you want. What I mean is, don’t photoshop photos of people, cars and backdrops into the scene.

      It must be predominantly 3d. Textures are allowed.

  • Binjam 3DXXL


    Im coming HO HO HO ;-)

  • Zekers

    Sounds Awesome:)

  • Seth

    Can you do a non-Christmas holiday, like Channukah? People use Blender from all over the world, and they might celebrate holidays other than Christmas. How about new years in general?

  • Preecher

    wow Andrew,

    I hope i can find the time to participate in this. thanks for all you do…

    happy thanksgiving

    chills and thrills

  • Levitichai

    wow… this is gonna be epic y’all!!!

  • Gabriel Bramböck

    what is this first price “A kindl”?

  • kuemmel

    You have too much money, Andrew! Very nice, I hope I get some free time in the next weeks. These are some really rough times for me, but I would love to be part of it.

    Good luck to you.

  • Ocaso Protal

    Is it 100 AUD or 100 USD? ;)

    • Andrew Price

      USD. It’s cheaper for me! I know, I know, that was mean :P

  • Ricardo Viana

    Hey, i’m from Brazil, have problem? (Sorry for my english :B)

  • Diego

    SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ristridyn

    Great theme !
    Gonna crack my head on this one :)

  • davinade

    Is there still going $500 to a charity, if not, that’s no problem.
    But I do think that is a great prize.
    I also really want to win by the way:)

  • mnishnaik

    Awesome…. both theme and Prizes ;)

  • draguu

    wooohoooohoooo….. advance marry Christmas hehehe

  • anyomouse


  • Jacob Holt

    Andrew, You’re being to kind. After all the competitions you’ve posted, I just never got around to starting it, but now I see that I should not strive for the prize, yet merely strive for participation.

  • Janez

    Really like that there are 3 places! IMO that should be permanent change, but hope that charity style prizes will return after gift giving season…

  • eukleyv cardoso

    How many entry are allowed for person?

    • Andrew Price

      One entry per person. Always quality over quantity ;)

  • Khalid

    Great Competition Topic, Andrew.
    Good luck to everyone.

  • wjbarber

    Oooooo….. impressive prizes, nicely done Mr Guru. I guess i’ll have to get my ass in gear and actually join in with this one huh.

    • Johnny

      No, you do not use your [censored] to do anything when modeling.

      (If you couldn’t tell, I get quite annoyed when people needlessly swear)

  • Marius

    I’m from South Africa and would love to enter. Are there any issues related to postage or entry due to geographical location?

    • Andrew Price

      There shouldn’t be. But if there is I can send you the money so you can purchase it at your end.

      All the best!

      • Marius

        Cool! Thanx!

    • Greg Zaal

      Woohoo! another south african!! High five boet!

      • Marius
        • Marius

          high five!

      • DCE

        NOOOOO!!!!! Are you able to enter this contest Greg? If so, I am SO out. By the way, wouldn’t you posting on Andrew’s site be like trolling :) HAHAHA Anyhow, I am still entering it but you and Andrew amaze me with your skill in Blender!

  • Sam

    The prizes! Wow….

    This will be an incredible competition. Good luck everyone!