Car Render Challenge 2015

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It’s time for the long-awaited annual Hum3D competition for the best car render. It is the largest awards event for the car 3d modeling and visualization industry. The competition, held in partnership with leading companies and 3d software manufacturers, is open for both young artists and top 3D artists from around the world.

There are no limits for creativity: you can choose any automobile you like whether it is military, racing or imaginary vehicle. The winning entries will be published in the magazine and get maximum attention from the community. Also, any participant can win additional prizes. We’re waiting for your works from September 10 to November 24. See the full list of rules here.

Good luck and happy rendering!

Where to begin:
Forum Start a WIP on any CG related website you like. Facebook Join art community on Facebook.
Share 3D artworks, workflows.

Share your art and chat with other artists - we are sure that creative and friendly atmosphere of the competition will help the growth of each participant. See previous challenges >

We receive your works from September 10 to November 24 (inclusive). Submissions end at 00:00 (GMT). For your convenience we have set the timer on the page, but don’t forget to update it. The competition has one general category.

General rules:

  • 1)

    The work must not have been previously published anywhere, neither online or offline (including models with ready-made textures or easily recognizable scenes); It means that you can use half-finished models, but your idea and design must be original.

  • 2)

    There should be an automobile or another similar vehicle in your work and it should be clear for the jury what is so special about it.

  • 3)

    You can submit only one work. You may attach additional scenes and angles of the render to your WIPs and send us a link to them - we will put it on the work description page.

  • 4)

    Please, provide your work with a short description of what it represents and why you have chosen this object.

  • 5)

    Attach one wireframe or clay render at your choice to your work - we will place it below your work.

Demands for your render:

  • 1)

    We hope to see some special entourage round your model that would clarify your idea. Racing track? Add stands or any other items

  • 2)

    The render should be at least 1000 pixels wide if the work is horizontal. Vertical ones may have any proportions :)

  • 3)

    Render size should not exceed 1.5 mb.

  • 4)

    It is desirable that you add the link to the competition in one of the image corners on your own (so that you can control the quality of the saved work).

  • 5)

    Renders with solid background (one color: black, white etc, test renders) and vehicles laid on wallpapers will not be admitted to take part in the competition.

Other possibilities

  • 1)

    The work can be updated during the competition if the author noticed a mistake or made use of community advice. The only condition - you can not change the idea of the work, or modify it drastically. Only reasonable changes allowed.

  • 2)

    You can correct the description and the list of tools after the work was submitted - just contact us.

  • 3)

    You can send us an email and clarify the information about the competition at any moment.

  • 4)

    After your work is published on the competition page, you are free to share your work on other websites.

  • 5)

    You can start your making-of on any forum; just send us a link when submitting your work.

After sending the work via the contact form you will receive a confirmation letter with a link to a page in the competition gallery. If you don’t receive the letter within one business day, please contact us.

Within one week after the competition ends the jury will determine the winners and we will publish the results. We will estimate the idea of your work, visual component, atmosphere and total amount of the work done.

Waiting eagerly for your work!

Ralph Huchtemann

Ralph Huchtemann

Owner of RebusFarm GmbH
Marco Traverso

Marco Traverso

CarBodyDesign Founder and Director / Freelance Designer
Fernando Tella

Fernando Tella

Maxwell Render Quality & Support Product Specialist

Grzegorz Wronkowski

3D artist and CEO at HDRMAPS

Steve Holmes

Deputy Editor of 3D Artist magazine

Richard Bray

Editor of Ceiga magazine
3DModels team

3DModels team

Lead 3D artists

The First placeThe First place

The Second placeThe Second place

The Third placeThe Third place

Additional Prizes and Achievements

Maxwell Render:

The author of the best work performed in Maxwell render receives a special promotion from Next Limit team: the publication of the interview in the blog. Excellent opportunity to make yourself known.


Special prize for entries created with the Quixel SUITE - Quixel team is going to select the best work. No additional requirements. Do not miss the opportunity, the prize is worth it.


All participants will receive 30 Renderpoints - be sure to try this service, it facilitates rendering process greatly.


Best work done with HDRi/photo backplates will get special prize: 50 HDRIs of your choice.


Exlevel team offers GrowFx license for the best environment and they want to see some plants in your work. Good incentive to pay attention not only to the car.

Corona Render:

All participants, who uses Corona for the final render may get 33% discount to yearly FairSaaS Licenses. To create images you can use demo which is free for 45 days. The only condition - the work should be of high quality.


If the winning work is made in KeyShot (regardless of the place), the author’s license will be upgraded up to KeyShot Pro.

FurryBall RT:

If the winner uses FurryBall RT in the work, he or she will get a permanent license. You can also use it in your WIPs.

Additional bonuses:

Free Maxwell Render:

Next Limit offers free trial Maxwell Render V3 Node locked licenses until November 24 to anyone interested in using Maxwell during the competition (no watermark, no resolution restrictions). Just write at [email protected].

Free KeyShot Render:

For a free KeyShot license to render your competition work (without watermark), email [email protected] with "Hum3D Best Car Render Contest" in the subject line and you will receive a license to use during the contest.