December 12th Challenge "Southwest Holiday"
John Hunter Barrie First Place
Suzana Bulatovic
Tony Dunnigan
Robert Ahrens

Note: With only 4 entries submitted, I decided that we would not hold community judging this time around. The winner was chosen by the staff at Strata, and all entries will recieve a T-shirt.

December 9th Challenge - Southwest Holiday - Outline

As you know Strata's office is in the desert southwest, where the summer sun spends the winter. With that in mind, Strata has issued the challenge for you to create a holiday image that has a southwestern flavor.

Five lucky winners will get one of the infamous Strata 3D CX T-shirts with the best image to be used for the annual Strata holiday greeting. Entries will be accepted until December 12th, 2004.

Tune your creativity to the desert southwest and "let it flow, let it flow, let it flow."

Models may be imported from external modelers (eg. Wings, Amapi, Silo, etc.). Any amount of post work may be done in Photoshop or other image editors, but try to avoid excessively "hand painting" the image.

Models must be original, and created by you. No publicly available models may be used, nor can "3D in a box" solutions, like Poser or Bryce. All 3D rendering for this project must be performed by Strata 3D.

Rules and Conditions

The 3D rendering in this challenge must be completely entirely in Strata 3D. Modelling can be done in any program (except for Poser or other model collections), as long as the models are imported into Strata3D for rendering. Photoshop, Illustrator, or other image editors or page layout programs may be used for post-processing, texture creation or page layout.

All models and textures must be created by you.

If you have any questions regarding challenge rules or theme guidelines, please email me at michael@stratacafe.com

Entries must be JPG files, but they can be any size. Just try to keep it reasonable. If it doesn't fit on anyone's screen, it doesn't leave a good impression. Excessively large or uncompressed images may be resized at our discretion.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on December 12th.

Entries will consist of a JPG file, and a screenshot of your model in Strata 3D. The image cannot contain your name or email address anywhere on it, as the judging will be anonymous. Original artist copyright information must be submitted separately if the image is a 3D recreation of an existing peice.

These rules may be subject to change without notice.

Please, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the contest, please email me at: michael@stratacafe.com

The benefits of the contest:

1) Winners will receive a charming banner to place on their website.

2) There will also be a smaller graphic, that looks a lot like the larger graphic, that will reside on the winners profile page on StrataCafe, forever and ever.

3) People can come to this page to get information on up and coming contests and view past winners (That would be you!)

4) You will receive the adoration of your friends and family, as well as most of the people who visit StrataCafe. (Note: Adoration not a guarantee.)