Christmas Competition 2017

It's that time of year again: time to stuff our faces with baked ham, pavlova and jump in the pool! (at least that's how we do it in Australia).

But it also means it's time for the annual Blender Christmas Competition!

Created by Brian Ogden

Theme: Christmas

Whatever Christmas means to you, show us! Whether it's a snowy log cabin covered in lights, Santa blitzing across the night sky, or eggnog by a fire. It's your artwork - tell the story you want!


Criteria for Judging

Entries will be judged by Gleb Alexandrov, Guilherme Henrique, Greg Zaal, Reynante Martinez, Rob Garlington and Andrew Price on the following criteria:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Storytelling
  3. Technical

An entry could have no story, but really strong aesthetics and technical skills and still win. But while it's not required to have all three criteria, it increases your chances if you do!

Guilherme Henrique.jpg


3rd Prize (valued at $84)

2nd Prize(valued at $425)

1st Prize (valued at $1,038)

If you already own any of these, you may substitute them for another Blender Guru item or Poliigon subscription of equal or lesser value :)

Tips for winning

  • Before jumping straight into Blender, sketch a few ideas out on paper. Even if you suck at drawing, any amount of pre-viz will result in a better image! This helps you figure out the big picture before getting bogged down with the details.
  • Stories are "sticky". They're more memorable and impactful than an image without it. So even if your idea is a simple Christmas tree, explore ways that you can add a story to it.





  • This is a Blender only competition. Use of any other 3D program is forbidden.
  • Texturing and painting programs like Substance Designer/Painter are allowed.
  • Minor post processing in Gimp, Photoshop or After Effects is allowed
  • This is an image only contest (no animations sorry)
  • Only one entry per person
  • Minimum size is 1920px wide but the bigger the better (any aspect ratio is fine)
  • Your entry must be a new creation, not an existing project
  • It must be mostly your work. Bought or third-party models are allowed but only provided they take up less than 20% of the screen space. Eg. Grass Essentials in an environment is okay, but using Victor front and center is not.
  • All blender plugins are allowed (even MakeHuman).
  • Photographic elements are allowed, but it should be mostly 3D (sky backgrounds are okay)
  • All image textures are allowed
  • Your entry must in some way relate to the theme
  • All winners will be asked to submit a .blend file to prove it's creation


Created by Gleb Alexandrov

Created by Gleb Alexandrov

4 Reasons to Enter:

  1. There's a clear deadline so you know you won't be working on this forever!
  2. Working around constraints of a theme can help you to think creatively
  3. Competing alongside other artists is a great way to stay motivated and do your best!
  4. Your entry will be seen by thousands of daily visitors, increasing your online exposure!

How to Enter

Post your entry to ArtStation with #bgchristmas2017 somewhere in the description or tags.  Entries close on 19th December 2017 at 11:59pm GMT.

Unfortunately, ArtStation is the only platform we'll be accepting entries from. Consider getting the consent of a parent if you don't meet the 18 years requirement to join.

As usual... may the best artist win!

Andrew Price