November 11th Challenge - Let It Snow!

Your goal for this challenge is to create an outdoor winter scene featuring traditional winter activities. Examples would include: sledding, skiing, building a snowman, a snowball fight, etc. The scene should exemplify outdoor winter fun in any style. If you don't live in an area that gets a lot of snow, this might be an imagination exercise =)

Final renders should be submitted as JPEG files, in these dimensions (700 px by 500 px).

You're welcome to post 'works in progress' to the StrataCafe gallery, and solicit advice from the forums at any time before the challenge ends.

A submission consists of a JPG version of the final rendering. No name should be present on the image submitted for the contest.

Final submissions can be submitted via the form on the bottom of the challenge page: Challenge Submission Form

The 3D rendering in this challenge must be completed entirely in Strata 3D CX 5.0. Modeling can be done in Strata 3D, or another app and imported into Strata 3D for rendering. Owners of previous versions of Strata 3D can download a 30-day, fully functioning demo of Strata 3D CX 5.0 here!

Photoshop, Illustrator, or other image editors or page layout programs may be used for post-processing, texture creation or page layout.

Any amount of post work may be done in Photoshop or other image editors, but try to avoid excessively "hand painting" the image.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, November 11th, 2006. Judging will be done by public online voting and the Strata staff.

Submissions must be JPG. All images will be compressed as JPG's. The image cannot contain your name or email address anywhere on it, as the judging will be anonymous.

These rules may be subject to change without notice before the close of the contest.

Please, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the challenge, please email me at: michaell@strata.com

The first place winner will take home a 4gb iPod Nano (winners choice of color), and a $500 gift certificate for the Strata online store!

Apple 4GB iPod nano RED - Part of each sales goes to fight AIDS.


The second place winner will go home with a Strata store gift certificate for $500.

The third place winner will go home with a Strata store gift certificate for $100.

To participate in this challenge, you will need Strata 3D CX 5.0. If you aren't a current owner of Strata 3D CX 5.0, you can download the 30-day tryout here:

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