If you’re truly interested in how your skills stack up in the real world, you need to challenge yourself.

If you’re truly interested in how your skills stack up in the real world, you need to challenge yourself.

Learning to become a better artist takes time. If you're like the staff at The Rookies, you want to learn it all. You want to be a better illustrator, you want to make games, you want to use the latest software and you want to render an image so amazing it makes your friends jealous.

This all takes time and commitment. This is why it's great to see you are motivated to enter contests at The Rookies. This article will give you a bit of an idea of what you can do to get involved.

The Rookie Awards

Our premiere annual Awards discovers the best new talent around the world. Get your work reviewed by industry professionals and win studio internships, full educational scholarships and prizes.

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Being able to meet a brief and deliver content to a schedule is one of the most important skills you need to learn as a digital artist. Jump in and find yourself a challenge and see how you go!

We regularly run smaller contests that we call Challenges. Like all our contests, these are open to all non-professional artists.

Check out latest open contests

Circus Challenge

Summer Photorealism

Make sure to check back regularly for announcements. We are ramping up the amount of smaller challenges open to members. There will be a little bit of something in there for everyone.

Stages of a Contest

We have massive annual contests and small mini-challenges. At the core of these are a few simple stages that you need to know about.

1. Enter Contest

This stage is pretty straight forward. Our team and sponsors provide a brief. You go away and create something awesome. Some contests will even ask you to share your progress with our Work-In-Progress feature. The key here is to pay close attention to the brief.

2. Judging Period

We hand select some of the biggest industry names out there. This includes Oscar Winners, AAA Game Art Directors and studio executives. During the Juding period we all deliberate to find the very best entries which will be nominated as Finalists.

3. Finalists Announced

This is a pretty big deal. Reaching this stage means you have been hand selected from all other entries and will be reviewed by a wider judging panel. Judges review privately and nominate their favourite entries.

4. Awards Given

This is the fun part. We get to hand out badges, certificates and even trophies sometimes. Enter as many contests as you like and collect Awards to display on your free profile page. Trust us, recruiters love a profile with a nice badge.

Need some help with creating an entry?

Creating an entry is really straight forward, so there is nothing to worry about. Here are some articles to help get you started. If you have any other questions don't forget you can always contact our support desk.

Tips on creating an entry

What is a Play by Play entry?

Can I submit a password protected video to an entry page?

Can I edit my contest Entry?

How do I delete a contest entry?

How do I vote for People's Choice?