Photorealism Competition Results

The Photorealism Competition was one of the biggest competitions ever, with 270 entries. I know I say this a lot, but the quality of entries this time round was incredible. Every artist strived for photorealism and quite a few people pulled it off!

Finalists

Although these entries didn't win, they came mighty close and as such deserve a mention:
Created by Julioras

Created by Julioras

A beautiful outdoor architectural render! The soft lighting and integration with the surrounding nature is great. It's not quite photorealistic but it's definitely close. Well done Julioras!

Created by Jay-artist

Created by Jay-artist

A brilliant shot of a classic diner. The top right hand corner is almost completely photorealistic. The burger is probably the biggest throwoff, but it's still a very decent image. To anyone who doesn't get the movie reference, view it in fullsize and see if you can get it ;)

Created by Mr.Lasla

Created by Mr.Lasla

Chilling! Choosing a closeup of a human face is a brave move, and one that requires an incredible amount of skill to do well. So I give you massive props for pulling this off as well as you did. There are a couple of areas that break the photorealism (the eyes and minor texture stretching in various places) but other than that it's a brilliant image. Well done Mr.Lasla!

Created by Jonathan L

Created by Jonathan L

Whoaaaa! Clearly some serious effort went into this. Nature is somewhat of my forte, so I can say with confidence that this scene would not have been easy to pull off. Vast open scenes with multiple elements like grass, flowers, trees and more importantly the forest in the background, are very hard to achieve. Not only that but the shack is amazing too. Even as a standalone model it would be incredible, but complimenting it with the surrounding nature makes it even more impressive. You've integrated everything together beautifully Jonathan. You came very, very close to winning.
Created by Bruno Borgiani

Created by Bruno Borgiani

You can't go wrong with a solid interior render. I like that you made the space actually appear to be <em>lived in</em>. From the plant in the corner, to the open cupboards and food on the cutting board, it looks like a house that a real person set up. My favourite element is the chillies/peppers hanging in the alcove, they're completely photorealistic. Clearly a lot of work went into this.

Created by keeek

Created by keeek

A brilliant closeup of caterpillar. The depth of field (although slightly overpowering) helps add realism to the scale of the scene and the lighting and texturing are superb. Great job keeek!

Created by Marek_H

Created by Marek_H

As someone who lives amongst hundreds of these things (Korean based expat here) I can confirm that this looks very realistic ;) It's a simple enough concept (if you'll excuse the downplay) but it's pulled off very well. The brilliant lighting match and the subtle texture on the walls make this more realistic than others. Excellent attention to detail!

Created by Mumbay

Created by Mumbay

Annnnnd the grossest scene award goes to... Mumbay! :P Whilst this certainly isn't the most appealing of scenes it's definitely up there in terms of realism. The paper holder, wall, basin and soap dispenser are all brilliantly textured and give this a very real truckstop-bathroom feeling. Fantastic work.

The undisputed winner! Like a lot of people, I didn't believe it was cg when I first saw it. "No way. He cheated somehow. Probably camera mapping at least." But after seeing the wireframes my jaw literally dropped. What you've done in this entry is truly mind boggling. You've reached a level of realism that I don't think any other Blender artist has ever achieved. I feel like the blender community has just stepped onto new ground and it's all thanks to you! A massive congratulations Major4z! You've won Digital Lighting and Rendering [2nd Edition], $500 donated to a charity of your choice and a permanent spot in the Winners Hall of Fame! A big thank you to everyone who participated in this competition! There were some truly high quality images submitted, so if you didn't get a mention don't feel bad! The bar was set ridiculously high ;) If you'd like feedback on your image, post your name in the comments below and ask the community for feedback. I'm sure they'd be happy to give it. Got an idea for the theme of the next competition? Post it in the comments below.
Muhammad Fahad