The EXPOSÉ 11: Awards
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EXPOSÉ 11 entrants will be judged by an international panel. All of them highly respected and experts in their fields. Award recipients will demonstrate an outstanding fusion of creative, artistic, and technical excellence. One 'Master', and a small number of 'Excellence' awards will be given in each category. The eventual category list is based on the breadth and quality of art we receive as submissions. If there are enough strong pieces to warrant creating a category for them, we will include it. Conversely, if we do not receive enough quality entries we will not include it as a category.

Grand Master Award This is awarded to one artist each year who we feel has demonstrated an outstanding skill and contribution to the advancement of digital art in any area or style. Grand Master recognition may also be given for any category if there is an outstanding entry that warrants this highest level of recognition.
   
Abstract & Design
The most spellbinding examples of abstract art and design in either 3D or 2D. Here, the artist’s design and artistic expression are paramount in creating a piece of artwork that excels in its pure design and visual appeal.
   
Architecture (Exterior) Awards the best exterior architectural visualization, independent of style, or setting. The category will test the artist’s ability to create a commercial or residential space that is both believable (lighting, scale and perspective) and inspirational, and evokes a desire to visit the location/building/space.
   
Architecture (Interior) Honors the best interior architectural visualization of a commercial, or residential space, independent of style, or setting. The judging criteria for the category is the artist’s ability to create an interior setting that is both functional and believable.
   
Concept Art Recognizes the highest achievement in generating an idea around which a larger story is built, whether for a movie, TV, or game environment. The defining criteria for this category is to convey a sense of place or personality. Technical skill, composition, color palette, and mood will all contribute to an entry’s success.
   
Comic / Manga Awarded to the the best examples in the combined genres of comic art, and Japanese-inspired Manga. The artist’s creativity in depicting a unique character or scene in this style will be highly favoured.
   
Environment Honors the best landscape or location regardless of setting that sets a commanding visual stage on which a story will take place. The artist’s ability to evoke a sense of wonder and a wish to see more is paramount. This category demands a combination of artistic interpretation, detail, and lighting to create a believable and evocative environment.
   
Fantasy
Recognizes the highest achievement in the mythic fantasy style from traditional fantasy creatures to imaginative and heroic characters and mythic dragons. Here, the artist’s talent in evoking an emotional response or attachment with the image is paramount. The artist’s ability to place their characters in an unfolding story will be highly favoured.
 
Fantasy Femmes Awards the most outstanding examples of a female character created in the fantasy style, from elves, pixies and nymphs to heroic femmes. Here, the artist will demonstrate creativity in developing a unique and fantastic female character is paramount. Technical skill, composition, and emotional resonance will all play a major role in successful entries.
 
Matte Painting
Honors the artist’s ability to create a compelling stage upon which an epic story can be told. The judging criteria for this category is to create a panoramic landscape or space where uniqueness, depth, scale, and atmosphere are all well-executed. Technical skill, composition, and mood are also crucial elements.
   
Portrait (Illustration) Awarded for character portraits that are much more creatively artistic in their presentation while retaining their core as a portrait. The defining criteria for this category is the artistic style that is employed in breathing life into the subject. Technical skill, believability, composition, and emotion are all important elements.
   
Portrait (Painted) Awarded for bringing a character to life with a more classic portraiture style. The defining criteria for this category is the ability that the artist demonstrates in breathing life into the subject. This encompasses technical skill, believability, composition, and importantly, emotion.
   
Portrait (Rendered) Honors the greatest talent in bringing a 3D character to life. The artist will demonstrate a high degree of success, particularly with texturing, modelling and lighting. Successful entries will include uniqueness, technical skill, believability, composition and emotion.
   
Robotic/Cyborg Awards the highest quality in bringing a mechanical, robotic or cyborg character into existence. The defining criterion is the artist’s ability to create a believable being, either totally mechanical, or a composite of organic being and machine. This encompasses technical skill, believability, composition, and emotion.
   
Science Fiction Awards the most astounding talent in creating futuristic/fictional environments or characters. The defining criteria for this category is the artist’s ability to create an environment or character which though familiar, appears otherworldly, and technologically advanced.
   
Steampunk An alternate perspective on fashion, culture, architecture and technology. Typically combining aspects of 19th century Victorian England with industrial revolution-aged steam powered machinery, or, taking place in a futuristic/fantasy world that similarly employs old-time steam power. Awarded to the best piece that most recognizably features steam powered technologies or retro-futuristic inventions in an imaginative way.
   
Storytelling Recognizes the best examples of artwork that has a strong narrative as its central theme, independent of style. The judging criterion is the artist’s ability to entice the viewer into an unfolding story. Successful entries will encompass technical skill, mood, composition, and, most of all, a strong narrative.
   
Surreal Awarded to the best of works from the dreamlike or playful workings of the mind. The principal judging criterion is the artist’s ability to entice the viewer into an unfolding story from this intangible realm, and make it tangible. Successful entries will encompass technical skill, mood, composition, and a strong narrative.
   
Transport Recognizes the most amazing transport designs, whether they are contemporary, ancient or futuristic vehicles. Whether they're luxury cars, exotic air/spacecraft, marine craft, vehicles of war, vintage aircraft, or futuristic space vessel, this category seeks out the best examples of transportation. The defining quality will be the artist’s creative ability to develop, design and render this vehicle in exquisite detail.
 
Warriors & Conflict Awards powerful renderings of heroic characters, menacing creatures, and epic battles, whether real or imagined. It may showcase warriors of the past or future, human or mythic. The judging criterion for this category is the artist’s ability create heroic characters and epic confrontations. Technical skill and composition are crucial to success.
 
Whimsical Awards the best examples of light­hearted pieces that convey fanciful or quirky themes. Principal judging criteria for this category is a creative sense of whimsy, but will also include the technical mastery of character and creature design, and their relationship to their environment.
 
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