The EXPOSÉ 6 Awards
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To reflect the broad range of work submitted we have chosen several categories in which the EXPOS… 6 Awards will be judged. Award recipients will demonstrate an outstanding fusion of artistic and technical excellence. Master (gold) and Excellence (silver) awards will be given in the following categories: Master (gold) and Excellence (silver) awards will be given in the following categories:

Grand Master Award Grand Master awards an artist who 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
Recognizes the most outstanding image that is predominantly abstract. Here, the artistís design and artistic expression are paramount in creating an image that defies categorization and excels in its pure design and visual appeal.
   
Action
Honors the highest achievement in capturing a character, multiple characters or creatures in action. This category celebrates the artist that best captures the sheer power, energy, and elegance of a character or characters in motion. Successful entrants will create scenes full of drama that draw the viewer into the unfolding story.
   
Architectural Exterior Awards the best exterior architectural visualization, independent of style or setting. This category tests the artistís ability to create a space that is not just believable, but inspirational, and evokes a desire to visit the location/building/space.
   
Architectural Interior
Awards the best interior architectural visualization, independent of style or setting. This category tests the artistís ability to create an interior setting that is not just believable, but inspirational, and evokes a desire to visit the space.
   
Architectural Reconstruction Recognizes the best examples of built architecture that are not visualizations of new buildings. The judging criterion is to capture the feel of a structure built long ago that has weathered the years and its occupants. Composition, modeling, texturing, and lighting are all crucial factors in successful entries.
   
Cityscapes Honors the greatest talent in realizing a cityscape independent of time or space. The defining criterion is the artistís ability to create a city or civilization that entices the viewer to virtually visit a city of the past, present or future. The category demands a combination of artistic interpretation, detail, and lighting. Technical skill, believability, composition, and mood are also crucial factors.
   
Concept Art Recognizes the highest achievement in bringing a concept into being, whether for a movie, TV, or game environment. The defining criterion for this category is to convey a sense of place or character. Technical skill, composition, color palette, and mood will all contribute to an entryís success.
   
Creatures
Recognizes the greatest talent in bringing a creature (real or mythical) to life. This is independent of style or of the organic nature of the creature. The defining criterion is the artistís ability to bring the creature to life. This encompasses technical skill, believability, and composition.
   
Environment Awards the best set or location. This could be indoors, outdoors, underwater, in spaceówherever. Here, the artistís 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 enticing (or evocative) environment.
   
Evocative

Special awards may also be given for the most evocative images. The ability to convey and evoke an emotional response or empathy in the viewer is often the most sought after element in any artistís work. We will honor the artists who demonstrate this rarest of skillsóregardless of the emotion evokedólove, pity, longing, joy, terror, horror, wonderÖ

 
Fantasy Honors the highest achievement in the mythic fantasy style. Here, the artistís talent in evoking an emotional response or attachment with the image is paramount. This category focuses on the mythic or fairytale aspects of the work. Excellence in all technical aspects is a must to create the evocation of atmosphere required in a truly excellent fantasy image.
 
Horror & Surreal Honors the most disturbing examples of the horror and surreal genres. The judging criterion is to create a feeling of being squeamish about the subject matter, or to create a dreamlike or nightmarish scene that invokes an emotional response ranging from wonder to disturbance.
   
Humorous Recognizes the most amusing image. Whether 2D or 3D, cartoon, humorous, satirical, or just plain ridiculous. This category is all about making the viewer smile and even laugh out loud.
   
Matte Painting Recognizes the artistís ability to create a compelling stage upon which an epic story can be told. The defining criterion for this category is the artistís skill in creating depth, scale, atmosphere, and believability in their scene.
   
Portrait (Painted) Honors the greatest talent in bringing a painted character to life. This is independent of style or of the organic or mechanical nature of the character. The defining criterion is the ability that the artist demonstrates in bringing the subject to life using only 2D tools. This encompasses technical skill, believability, composition, and of course emotion.
   
Portrait (Rendered) Recognizes the greatest talent in bringing a 3D character to life. This is independent of style or the organic or mechanical nature of the character. The defining criterion for the category is the ability that the artist demonstrates in bringing the subject to life particularly with texturing and lighting. Successful entries will encompass technical skill, believability, composition and of course emotion.
   
Product design
& Still Life
Awards the most outstanding image that demonstrates excellence in technical design and execution. This includes the intricacy of the product design and the technical excellence of the modeling, texturing, and lighting.
   
Science Fiction Awards the greatest talent in creating a believable environment or character with hints of its origins in the not-too-distant past. The defining criterion is the artistís ability to create an environment or character which, though familiar, appears otherworldly and technologically advanced.
   
Transport Awards the best device for moving about in. Whether exotic vehicle or classical Venetian gondola, machine of war, or animal to be ridden, this category seeks out the best images of transportation. The defining quality sought after here is the artistís ability to capture and evoke the desire to travel to a place, or by a mode of transport or to travel in a particular way.
   
Whimsical Honors the highest achievement in the light-hearted style most suited to childrenís book illustrations. The defining criterion is the artistís ability to create a scene that is at once welcoming and interesting.
 
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