Launched in 2010, The Rookie Awards is the leading contest for amateur artists in creative media & entertainment. If you are trying to break into these industries, you are eligible to enter. Students, recent graduates and self-taught artists are allowed to enter.

The goal of the Awards is to help encourage and motivate artists to share their work. It’s not just about winning. It’s about building confidence and finding out how your skills stack up against other artists around the world on the same journey.

The Rookie Awards 2019 received 3,458 entries from digital media and entertainment artists in 89 countries. Over 500 academic facilities encouraged their students to submit work and compete for the hotly contested School of the Year title, while students battled for Rookie of the Year, Game of the Year, and Film of the Year titles. This year students also competed for Studio Internships and Academic Scholarships.

The 98 page book represents a small portion of artwork focused entries that impressed the judges. The winners were selected by the official Judging Panel which included over 120 highly influential and respected industry veterans. The Judges were asked to score entries based on criteria including — creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential.

The Rookie Awards is supported by some of the world’s smartest companies: Autodesk, Shutterstock, Unity, Epic Games, Substance by Adobe, Foundry, Blackmagic Design, SideFX, Chaos Group, Yellowdog, Pixologic, Wacom. The following production studios are offering a range of fully paid internships and training programs to category winners: Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Polygon Pictures, Axis Animation, Electric Theatre Collective, CVD Studios, RodeoFX, NetherRealm, Monolith, Ninja Theory, BVN, Sarofsky throughout Asian, Canada, Europe, Oceania, and the USA.

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Rookie Awards 2020

We couldn’t be more excited about celebrating our 10 year anniversary for the Rookie Awards 2020. From humble beginnings, we have grown to become a world renowned platform and contest for aspiring artists. We will be celebrating our own journey this year and including the following new features:

  • Advanced search capabilities to increase pageviews and visitors
  • Increased user lifespan with early bird special offers
  • Sweepstakes and random giveaways
  • News tools and features for judging panel
  • More badges and certificates for all member levels
  • Celebrating 10 years of success stories from around the globe
  • New categpory: 2D Animation - Rookie of the Year

Who can enter the Rookie Awards?

The Rookie Awards is open to all aspiring young artists. If you are trying to break into the creative media and entertainment industry, you are eligible. Students and self-taught artists are allowed to enter their work. Please note that absolutely no professional industry work is allowed.

Why should my school get involved?

One of the core reasons we started the Rookie Awards was to help promote the amazing work that schools around the world are doing to help aspiring artists. There are so many great programs out there, but there are also some that should be avoided.

“This is why we encourage both students and schools to get involved and show your skills. We want to see the projects that you have created, both individually and as teams”.

Not only is this an incredible opportunity to promote how good your curriculum is, but it also gives students a free location on the web to share their work with other aspiring artists - and not be intimidated by the professional focused industries out there just yet.

Ok, where do I sign up!

The Rookie Awards kicks off again March 7th, 2020. It will be our 10th Awards which is crazy exciting. To make sure you don’t miss any announcements, follow us on any of our social media channels or register at our website.