The Rookie Awards 2021 is an annual contest open to young creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. Entrants can win weekly prizes and studio internships by simply sharing their best creative media work.

Why should I enter the Rookie Awards?

The real question here is, why are you not entering the Rookie Awards 2021? Seriously, if you are an aspiring artist trying to break into creative media industries then this is one of the best opportunities out there for you.

Even if you're not ready to apply for jobs, this contest is a great opportunity for you to build confidence and get your work in front of some of the biggest names in creative media and entertainment.

Some of the incredible work submitted last year by aspiring artists

Who can enter the Rookie Awards?

The Rookie Awards is open to all aspiring young artists. You can be a student, self-taught artist, or even a hobbyist.

Please note that entrants are not eligible if they have more than 12 months professional experience in any related field.

Please contact our support team if you are not sure about your eligibility by using the yellow live chat located bottom-right of every page of our platform.

Enter Rookie Awards 2021

Everyone has a chance to win prizes

You don't have to be the best digital artist to win prizes in the Rookie Awards 2021. Every single person that shares their work has a chance to win our amazing Creative Media Starter Kit prize.

The goal of this incredible prize is to encourage you to share their work, even if you don't think you can win a category prize. We understand that not everyone is ready for a job, and we want to make sure those of you have an incentive to share your work online - no matter what level it is. All artists struggle with sharing work publicly, but it's a major part of improving your skills and growing confidence so hopefully this epic prize will motivate you to get involved.

As always, we have far too many prizes to mention, so please use the link below to visit the contest prize page and check out what is on offer by our incredible sponsors.

View all Prizes

Important Dates

Please refer to the following dates to make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity.

March 7, 2021: Submissions Open
Eligible entrants are asked to create an entry page and upload their best work for the judges to review.

June 1, 2021: Submissions Closed
No extensions are ever allowed. This is a solid date, just like a production deadline. Don’t miss it!

June 30, 2021: Finalists Announced
Our Judging panel reviews every entry, awarding them an industry ranking and selecting top people per category.

July 16, 2021: Winners Announced
All judging completed and winners of jobs, internships, scholarships and People’s Choice are announced.

Contest Groups & Categories

Depending on your interests, you can enter a bunch of different entries into the following categories. Just choose the ones that best match your skills, and the industry you want to work in.

Rookie of the Year

Categories open to individual artists to showcase their skills.
2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Concept Art, Game Development, Immersive Media, Motion Graphics, Product Design, Architectural Visualisation.

Film of the Year

Categories open to individual artists and teams to show their films.
2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects.

Game of the Year

Categories open to individual artists and teams to show their games.
Immersive Media, Mobile, PC & Console

Career Opportunities

We have 14 incredible career opportunities up for grabs. This category is open to individuals looking to launch their careers right now. Opportunities from studio internship, professional mentoring and more.


Additional categories open to younger audience and schools.
Young Guns, School of the Year

*Schools don't actually enter, winners of this category are calculated based on the performance of entries submitted to Rookie of the Year Categories.

Enter Rookie Awards 2021

Why should my school get involved?

The Rookie Awards is open to both self-taught artists and students. However, 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.

If you are looking to start your education and need some help selecting the right school for your budget, location and career goals please contact our team here at The Rookies as we can help.

Success Stories

Some of our biggest success stories are from entrants that were just like you! They thought they didn't have any chance of winning. But they were discovered just by showing their work on The Rookies website.

2021 Posters

We have released a bunch of posters using amazing artwork from our previous entrants. Download official posters and help us promote the Rookie Awards 2021 by putting them up around your school, public notice boards and anywhere else with a bit of foot traffic.

Videos you need to watch

Thinking about getting involved? Good. To help bring you up to speed we have created a few videos. The first video is from the founder of The Rookies - Andrew McDonald and Alwyn Hunt. Everything you need to know about the Rookie Awards is explained here.

For those of you who have new to the Rookie Awards, we have also created a video walkthrough demonstration on how to create an entry. There are heaps of little tips in here on how to impress our judges and to make sure you page looks as slick as possible. Make sure to check it out.

Social Media and Hashtags

To make sure you don't miss any announcements make sure to follow us on any of our social media pages:

Facebook: therookiesco
Twitter: therookiesco
Instagram: therookiesco
Youtube: therookiesco
LinkedIn: therookiesco

This is the official hashtag for the Rookie Awards 2021. To help us track engagement, please remember to include this in any posts or announcements.

Ok, where do I sign up!

Follow the link below to learn more about the Rookie Awards 2021 and submit an entry. Make this the year that you kick start your creative career.

Enter Rookie Awards 2021
You've successfully subscribed to Discover | The Rookies
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Great! You've successfully signed up.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.