CG Whiz is over for another year, and it’s been a brilliant competition, with an incredible level of talent on show in both categories. It's now time for what you have all been waiting for, the announcement of the winners. But before I do so, I wanted to take time to give you some information on what our judges were looking for.
Our judges were looking for different attributes in each category. For the Amateur winner, they were on the look out for great creative work, artistic talent and originality, which avoided the use of clichés that can dog CG show reels (such as over muscled monsters or alien temptresses). From the top Young Professionals, they wanted to find a generalist with good skills across a range of disciplines, that demonstrated excellent technical execution, original thinking and, again, avoided the use of clichéd shots and scenes.
We found all that and more in our winners. You can watch their reels via the links below, but I think you’ll agree we’ve picked a really special group of people. We announced them last night at our London HQ, and it was great to have so many people come along to celebrate with the winners.
So, without further ado, the winners of CG Whiz 2011 are:
- 1st Prize: Daniel Danielsson, Sweden
- 2nd Prize: Leanne Towers, UK
- Users Choice: Jorge Barros, Portugal
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CATEGORY
Congratulations again to all our winners. Daniel wins a twelve week VFX course at Escape Studios and a twelve week internship at The Mill. Yunsung wins the choice of a twelve month ZBrush for 3D Artist online course from Escape Studios, as well as a top-spec HP laptop and a show reel review from the CG Whiz judges. You can see the full list of prizes in each category here.
We also saw an amazingly strong response to the new Users’ Choice awards, with a simply astounding number of you taking the time to consider the entries in both categories, and vote for your favourites. It’s been really great to see such a huge level of interest in the upcoming talents of the CG world; it’s also been fascinating to see the variety of talent in the industry worldwide, with our five prize winners representing five different nationalities. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part this year, and we’re already looking forward to CG Whiz 2012!