New Competition: Saying Goodbye

It’s been over a month since the last competition, so I think it’s time for another…


The theme is “Saying Goodbye”.

You are free to interpret that however you wish. Go nuts! There is no right or wrong.

Oh and since people have asked, I am not leaving! I didn’t intend for the theme to be taken that way. I honestly just thought it would make an interesting topic. Blender Guru will continue! :P


The Winner will receive…

Two Runners up will receive…


  • Only one entry per person
  • It must be an image
  • 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 asked to submit the .blend file for proof of its creation

Criteria for Judging

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetics
  • Story telling
  • Impact

If you want to win, aim for all areas!

“The best art has meaning beyond just an image; perhaps it will bring you to tears, make you laugh, or remind you of something you’d almost forgotten. It also stands out in a crowd, and dares to be different.”Source

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. Working around the constraints of a theme can help you to think creatively
  4. Competing against other artists is a good motivator to push yourself
  5. Great way to showcase your artwork and get noticed

Submissions and Deadline

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

Submit your Entry

May the best artist win!


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 ;)
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  • AE

    I really wanted to participate in this but did not get to.

    PLEASE give us the topic for the next contest when you announce the winner tomorrow.

  • Trent

    Even though I know what I want my entry to look like, I don’t know very much on how to make some of the more detailed parts. But I will be trying to do the best I can. If anyone has any helpful tips or helpful links/information then that would be great. Thanks. And I can’t wait to see the entries.

  • Mael

    Hello andrew, i don’t know where i can post my project, so i give you the link here.
    “Saying goodbye to you boring life, live your dreams”


  • Ryan Cooper

    I have a problem, i have put over 150 hours of work into my final piece, and i have the file ready to use, but my workstation blew up and is still in for repairs, my backup computer cant render the scene in time, would i be aloud to render a much lower res one for submission and then let it render all day tomorrow for the full HD one?

    • Ryan Cooper

      looking at it again that still wouldnt be enough time, its going to take at LEAST 48 hours to render on this little computer.. i guess this is an experience ill learn from.. never forget to do all renders before the computer blows up… well ill join you for the next compition, good luck everyone who got theres finished on time.

  • Zero4mike

    Hello Andrew, I know this is an unorthodox way of submitting an entry but my posts on Blender Artists don’t seem to appear. I don’t have much time before the deadline passes and this seems to be the only place where my posts do appear so here is my entry:
    Habib Says Goodbye

    Sorry for troubling you.
    Thanks A Lot.

  • Bob

    can i render-out multiple separate images and put them together in gimp because my comp does not have the rendering power to render them together.
    Thanks in advance.

  • HannerNos hates me for some reason. I’ve tried registering with them no less than six different times and never recieve my activation email.

    However, as I really want to enter this competition, So, I’m making my posting here instead. My entry is here:

    • HannerNos

      Sorry about this, but I went back (after getting some feedback from a few friends) and tweaked some of the colours. Here’s the newest, and last, version of my entry.

    • Zero4mike

      The weirdest thing is that I’ve got the activation e-mail and I’ve registered but I can’t post anything. HELP!

  • chris

    I just finished a project a couple of days ago, is it ok to submit it to the competition?

  • Mykekaworu

    compositing it´s allowed?

  • Slitharg

    Are textures for CG Textures allowed?

    • Slitharg

      From CG Textures*

  • Madhunt6666

    My project will be great =) A lot of work !

  • kimly02

    thanks Marius for the answer. I think i will follow Andrew’s advice and I will search an new idea instead of remake my character. :)

    • Marius

      Pleasure! All the best for the competition! (^v^)

  • kimly02

    please ! I have one question : I’ve already created some characters before the competition and I want to know if i can use them in this competition .

    • Marius

      Earlier in the comments someone also asked that and Andrew said no. The idea of the competition is that everyone participating creates something entirely new in the allotted time. So, if you want to use those characters, for the competition you’d have to remake them.

      Andrew: “The reason I’m against pre-made content is that it gives people a head start. The idea is to create an entire image from scratch in a set time frame.

      So would have to ask that you re-make your character.

      Thanks for your honesty :) ” (Andrew Price, <<Older comments, 7-8 Feb 2012)

  • lacripta

    mmm i think this question has its own answer in the competition rules, but can i use the blender addons like the ant landscape, i know is third party, but already in blender trunk so i dont know if it is covered or not.

  • julioras

    I want to participate but have no idea what to do :(

  • Vanessa

    I figured I’d wait till the next competition because I actually captured an image like this before from an animation.Same theme but not done for this competition so I can’t enter it unfortunately.

    But I’d like to share it anyway if anyone would like to check it out here

    It’s about growing up, moving on to something new, and forgetting the dreary past. :) Good luck to everyone! I can’t wait to see the submissions and winners!!

    • Durand

      Looks really nice. There’s probably a bit too much post-pro for my liking but I like the theme :)

  • Ehab

    is this for this year or last year?
    I can’t tell :P

    • Marius

      It’s this year, so you only have just under a month.

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  • beth

    im excited – ive many ideas in mind!!

  • Omar Ramírez

    I think I’ll enter the competition this time, I’m in big need to make and finish a project, if at least a little one.

    Also, I love how evocative the theme is, thanks Andrew!

  • Jk’

    I would like to do a re-interpretation from a scene of a movie, is that allowed?

    • Owldude

      Well, it would be best to be original, but it’s technically allowed if you make it completely from scratch in Blender.

    • Andrew Price

      Sure. You’ll probably lose points for creativity, but if it’s done artistically enough I don’t see why you couldn’t win :)

  • Hungry Computer

    Any tutorials for how to do a glove texture? I am a big amateur in the Blender world so I hope I will learn some new stuff in this competition!
    Why isn’t “The Wow Factor” a prize?

    • Garrett Bishop

      Hi I have a stupid question.

      I just traded in my old laptop for a new, but smaller Alienware laptop which happens to have no num-pad buttons. Is there a shortcut I can use, or do I have to keep going and clicking “View”?


      • wycky

        go to settings (ctrl+alt+U), Input, on the left side click emulate numpad

        thats it :)

      • KidzCount2

        You could try using the fn key on your laptop and look for blue numbers on your laptop :)

      • johnsmith

        in the user-prefference you can change the hotkeys as you wish.

  • mk1

    erm…are we allowedto use self-shot potographic textures?
    Such if I take a photo on a wooden table ad then use that as a texture?

    • mk1

      *photographic textures is what I wanted to write

      By the way: Guru, do you think it is possible to do good a picture without textures?

      Because I actually got an idea that isn´tall that bad at all, but since I´m an absolute amateur in texturing and modelling, I won´t have that great chances…I´m going to submit it however, maye you´ll still like it ;-)