The EXPOSÉ 9: Awards
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To reflect the broad range of work submitted we have chosen several categories in which the EXPOSÉ 9 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:

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 abstract or predominantly abstract (fractal-generated, 3D or 2D). Here, the artist’s design and artistic expression are paramount in creating a piece of artwork that defies categorization and 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 not just believable (lighting, scale and perspective), but 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 not just functional, but also believable (lighting, scale and perspective).
   
Concept Art Recognizes the highest achievement in bringing a concept into being, 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.
   
Warriors & Conflict Recognizes the best examples of heroic characters and epic battles, showcasing warriors of the past and future at work. 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.
   
Environment Honors the best landscape or location (indoors, outdoors, underwater, or in space). 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 heroic characters and 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 is also crucial.
 
Fantasy Femmes Awards the most outstanding examples of character creation in the fantasy style from elves and nymphs to heroic femmes. Here, the artist’s ability to breathe life into fantastic characters is paramount. Technical skill, composition, and emotional resonance will all play a major role in successful entries.
 
Futurescapes
Recognizes the greatest talent in realizing a cityscape or civilization. The defining criteria for this category is the artist’s ability to create a city which entices the viewer. It demands a combination of artistic interpretation, detail, and lighting. Technical skill, believability, composition, and mood are also crucial factors.
 
Humorous Recognizes the most amusing image, whether 2D or 3D, cartoon, humorous, satirical, or just plain ridiculous. The judging criteria is all about making the viewer smile or even laugh out loud. In addition to humor, it is also crucial that the artist demonstrates technical mastery of character or creature design.
   
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 landscape or space where depth, scale, and atmosphere are all well-executed. Technical skill, composition, and mood are also crucial elements.
   
Portrait (Painted) Recognizes the greatest talent in bringing a character to life, independent of style, or nature of the character. 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 defining criteria for this 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, most of all, emotion.
   
Product design
& Still Life
Awards the best examples of still life and product designs that demonstrate excellence in technical design and execution. The judging criteria for this category is a combination of the intricacy of the design and the technical excellence of the modeling, texturing, and lighting.
   
Robotic/Cyborg Recognizes the greatest talent in bringing a mechanical 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 greatest talent in creating a believable environment or character with hints of its origins in the not too-distant past. 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.
   
Storytelling Recognizes the best examples of visual narrative regardless of genre. 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.
   
Transport Recognizes the best vehicle for moving about in. Whether exotic vehicle, vintage aircraft, or futuristic oceangoing vessel, this category seeks out the best examples of transportation. The defining quality will be the artist’s ability to capture and evoke the desire to travel to a place, or by a mode of transport.
   
Whimsical Awards the best examples of artwork with a lighthearted feel or in a style that conveys childlike themes. The criteria for this category is very similar to Humorous with technical mastery of character or creature design a must. Most Whimsical entries would be ideally suited as illustrations for children’s books.
   
Wildlife Recognizes the greatest talent in bringing a real creature to life. Unlike fantasy creatures, familiarity with the subject matter is central to success. The defining criterion is the artist’s ability to breath life into a believable or stylized living creature. This encompasses technical skill, believability, and composition.
 
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