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"Abandoned Spring Sanctuaries"

Design a mesmerizing 3D environment in Blender that represents an abandoned spring sanctuary, where nature has reclaimed its dominion. This theme challenges participants to combine the beauty of spring with the allure of forgotten, weathered structures.


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All entries must be the original work of the participant. Plagiarism, use of copyrighted material, or submissions containing third-party assets without proper credit will result in disqualification.

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All submissions must be minimum 1920x1080 (Any orientation) in either JPEG or PNG format. (no larger than 10MB) Along with the final render, participants must also provide a wireframe screenshot and short description of their render

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All 3D work must be done in Blender. Participants may use other software for texturing, sculpting, and other supporting tasks, but the final render must be created in Blender.


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Lighting and Composition

Participants should pay close attention to lighting and composition to create a visually striking and immersive environment that draws the viewer in.

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The environment should have a sense of mystery and wonder, incorporating obscure, hidden, or secret elements that invite the viewer to explore and discover the world you've created.

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Abandoned Structures

Participants must include at least one abandoned structure or space in their design, demonstrating nature's reclamation.

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Spring Elements

The environment must clearly represent springtime, incorporating elements such as blooming flowers, lush greenery, and other signs of life and growth. Participants should focus on conveying the unique atmosphere and energy of the season.

Judging Criteria

Adherence to Theme (20%):

Submissions must effectively showcase the spring season and incorporate obscure or hidden elements that contribute to the sense of a secret world.

Aesthetics (20%):

The overall visual appeal, color palette, and atmosphere of the environment will be taken into account.

Technical Skill (30%):

The quality of the modeling, texturing, lighting, and overall execution of the environment will be considered.

Creativity and Originality (30%):

Judges will be looking for unique, inventive environments that capture the essence of a hidden spring haven in a new and imaginative way.

Starts 12th of May 2023; Ends 21st of June 2023
6pm CDT start - 23:59pm CDT end

The Prizes

Good luck to all those involved!

Diamond on Gold fabric

1st Place

- Fox Render credits ($500)
- A choice of 3 True-VFX addons
- 1 year CG Cookie Membership
- BagaPie, BagaIvy, and Rain
- Advanced Geo-nodes course

Diamond on silver fabric

2nd Place

- Fox Render credits ($300)
- A choice of 2 True-VFX Addons
- 3 months CG Cookie Membership
- BagaIvy and Rain Generator

Diamond on bronze fabric

3rd Place

- Fox Render credits ($200)
- Any one True-VFX Addon
- 1 month CG Cookie Membership
- BagaIvy Generator

Just for Particpating...

Entrants who placed 4th-10th get 90% off all our addons

10 random entries will be picked for a copy of True-VDB*

10 random entries will be picked for a copy of Clean Panels

All you have to do is join in! For Random draws, the way we put you into a randomiser to decide is by you submitting your entry with the button above, then tagging us on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags: #TVFXcontest and #TVFXabndspring and your render.

* Standard version or one of the content packs plus the free addon needed to use them.

Over $2600 in prizes to be won! 

We've dialled this contest to 11. WinterBlenderWho?
True-VFX Addons
Skies, Terrains, VDBs and Asset tools are just a few of the awesome addons that you could win. With 3 places getting access to between 1 and 3 tools of their choice!
BagaPie Addons
With Ivy generators, Rain makers, parametric tools and over 600 assets from this awesome creator. Contestants have a chance to win between 1 and 3 of their awesome tools!
Erindale's Advanced Geo-Nodes
Advance your procedural modeling skills with this comprehensive course that teaches reusable node group creation using Geometry Nodes. Gain valuable knowledge, create your own assets, and master advanced mesh and curve manipulation techniques to produce complex and responsive models. Boost your confidence in geometry manipulation and high-level node group asset creation under Erin's expert guidance.
CG Cookie Memberships
With access to 100+ High-Quality Blender Courses, you'll have the chance to soak up all the knowledge provided by CG Cookie to become a Blender Master!
Fox Renderfarm Credits
Accelerate production with Fox Cloud Render Farm, the leading on-demand service trusted by Oscar winners. Upload, render, and download seamlessly. Benefit from Hollywood expertise, 24/7 live support, and 15-min response time. Contact via Skype/email.
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The Assets!

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Need a helping hand getting some inspiration? We've curated some amazing assets for you to download from the button above. Best of all? They're 100% free and no addon is needed to use them!

How to use the content pack

Please see below on how to install this asset pack. This is not an 'addon' and is not installed via the addon installation method under the user preferences.


This pack should be first unzipped into a location that you wish to store the assets.

Once you have done this, go to the user prefs, "File Paths" and then click the + button next to the "Asset Libraries" window.

Then just point the file-explorer window to the ROOT folder of the pack you just unzipped.

Accessing it

Once you have installed it, save your user prefs.

Then from the main Blender window, change a workspace to the "Asset Browser".

Then where it says "current file" in the dropdown at the top left, select this and choose the Asset Library you just installed.

Abandoned Spring Sanctuaries

Abandoned Spring Sanctuaries has now finished. You can see the winners below or head back to the hub to see what other contests are running!

Watch the announcement here

The Prizes

Congratulations to the winners!

Diamond on Gold fabric

1st Place

Quinn VB:
- Fox Render credits ($500)
- A choice of 3 True-VFX addons
- 1 year CG Cookie Membership
- BagaPie, BagaIvy, and Rain
- Advanced Geo-nodes course

Diamond on silver fabric

2nd Place

Jimmy Carneling:
- Fox Render credits ($300)
- A choice of 2 True-VFX Addons
- 3 months CG Cookie Membership
- BagaIvy and Rain Generator

Diamond on bronze fabric

3rd Place

- Fox Render credits ($200)
- Any one True-VFX Addon
- 1 month CG Cookie Membership
- BagaIvy Generator

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Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about the product and billing.
Can I use third party assets?
Feel free to utilize any assets of your choosing for this competition, not just those from True-VFX. However, it's crucial to ensure that your chosen assets adhere to their respective license agreements. We, as the contest organizers, hold no responsibility or liability for contestants violating license terms.

We strongly urge all participants to honor the stipulations outlined in any licenses associated with the assets they use. Should we receive notice of a breach, the offending participant's submissions will be promptly removed.
What render engines can I use?
You can use any render engine provided it's used for Blender, for example: Cycles and Eevee
You're also not limited to a specific build of Blender (K-cycles, E-cycles, BforArtists)
You can also use 3rd party render engines, some are listed below:
1. LuxCoreRender
2. Radeon ProRender
3. OctaneRender
4. V-Ray
5. Redshift
6. Appleseed
7. Arnold
8. RenderMan
Is there a participation fee?
Participation fee? Perish the thought! We're thrilled to say that joining our competition won't cost you a single dime – it's completely free! However, if you find yourself itching to shower us with your hard-earned cash, we humbly suggest you consider investing in one of our fantastic tools. Not only will you be parting with your money for a worthy cause, but you'll also be getting your hands on some truly amazing resources to help elevate your creative game. Win-win!
How many times can I submit an entry?
Ah, I see you're a go-getter! While we appreciate your unbridled enthusiasm, we must ever so slightly curb your artistic appetite. You, my friend, can submit not one, but two – yes, two – glorious entries. This little cap ensures everyone gets a fair share of the spotlight without you completely stealing the show. So, go on and whip up a dynamic duo of masterpieces, but remember, it's always best to leave them wanting more!
Am I limited to using Blender?
Oh, the joys of artistic freedom! While Blender might be the talk of the town, we're all about embracing diverse creative tools. So, go ahead – use any render engine that tickles your fancy! No limits here, just the boundless expanse of your imagination, ready to conquer the digital world. Just remember to keep your image within our size guidelines, and you'll be all set to dazzle us with your 3D wizardry. Unleash your inner artist, and let the rendering games begin!
What is the maximum size of image I can upload?
Ah, the eternal question of size! When it comes to image uploads, we've got you covered. The maximum size allowed is a generous 10MB – large enough to showcase your artistic prowess but not so colossal that our servers start sweating profusely. Just remember, the minimum resolution should be 1920x1080, so your masterpiece remains as crisp and captivating as you intended. Happy uploading, and may your images strike the perfect balance between awe-inspiring detail and digital harmony!
Can I use the assets you provide for commercial usage?
No, the assets we provide for this competition can only be used for personal and educational usage and for this or any of our future competitions as we deem this personal use. If you use them to make money, we'll probably not do anything tbh. But we'll be very disappointed in you... Yes you!
Why did this page have loads of "█" instead of words?
Ah, those mysterious "█" characters! Now a relic of our competition page's past, they once added a dash of intrigue and mystique to the whole affair. Everyone loves a good game of "guess what's behind the curtain," right? It was like a delightful appetizer before the main course. Though the big reveal has now taken place, we hope you had fun deciphering the secrets while they lasted. For those who missed the enigmatic excitement, stay tuned – you never know when we might cook up another fantastic competition full of cheeky surprises!
Terms And Conditions

Terms and Conditions for True-VFX Contest

1. Introduction

1.1 These terms and conditions ("Terms") govern your participation in the True-VFX Contest ("Contest") organized by True-VFX ("Organizer"). By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Terms.

1.2 The Organizer reserves the right to modify, amend, or cancel the Contest or these Terms at any time without prior notice. By continuing to participate in the Contest, you accept any changes to the Terms.

2. Eligibility

2.1 The Contest is open to legal residents worldwide, aged 16 years or older as of the date of entry. Employees, officers, directors, and immediate family members of the Organizer or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to participate.

2.2 The Organizer reserves the right to verify the eligibility of participants and disqualify any participant who does not meet the eligibility criteria.

3. Contest Period

3.1 The Contest begins on May 12th, 2023 at 12:00 AM GMT and ends on June 21st, 2023 at 11:59 PM GMT ("Contest Period"). Entries submitted outside the Contest Period will not be considered.

4. How to Enter

4.1 To enter the Contest, participants must submit their entries on the contest landing page by clicking the "submit Entry" button, which will direct them to a form to fill in.

4.2 Each participant may submit up to two entries. Multiple entries beyond the allowed limit will result in disqualification.

4.3 By submitting an entry, participants warrant that their submission is original, does not infringe on any third-party rights, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

5. Selection and Notification of Winners

5.1 Winners will be selected by a panel of judges appointed by the Organizer based on pre-defined judging criteria.

5.2 The winners will be notified by email, phone, or any other means deemed appropriate by the Organizer within 21 days of the Contest end date, with the aim to notify within 14 days. The Organizer is not responsible for any delay or failure in the delivery of the notification.

5.3 If a winner cannot be contacted or does not claim their prize within the specified time frame, the Organizer reserves the right to select an alternate winner.

6. Prizes

6.1 The prizes for the Contest are as follows:

1st Place:
- Fox Render credits ($500)
- A choice of 3 True-VFX addons (approx. $250)
- 1 year CG Cookie Membership ($288)
- BagaPie, BagaIvy, and Rain Generator ($165)
- Advanced Geometry nodes course ($60)

2nd Place:
- Fox Render credits ($300)
- A choice of 2 True-VFX Addons (approx. $190)
- 3 months of CG Cookie Membership ($144)
- BagaIvy and Rain Generator ($72)

3rd Place:
- Fox Render credits ($200)
- Any one choice of True-VFX Addon (approx. $110)
- 1 month CG Cookie Membership ($48)
- BagaIvy Generator ($60)

The total prize pool is valued at approximately $2,687.

6.2 Prizes are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and have no cash equivalent. The Organizer reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if the specified prize becomes unavailable.

6.3 Winners are responsible for any taxes or other fees associated with the receipt or use of the prizes.

6.4 Winners of the most recent previous contest are not eligible for first place prize of this contest to make it fair. They can be placed anywhere else however

7. Contest Assets Usage

7.1 The Organizer will provide certain assets ("Contest Assets") for use in the Contest. Contest Assets may only be used for the purpose of participating in the Contest and any non-commercial use during or after the Contest. Participants are strictly prohibited from using the Contest Assets for any commercial purposes, including but not limited to:

- Using the Contest Assets in any paid or revenue-generating projects, products, or services.
- Licensing, selling, or renting the Contest Assets to third parties for any commercial purpose.
- Using the Contest Assets for any form of advertising or promotion that generates revenue.

7.2 Participants who purchase the content pack from the Organizer's store page will be granted a license to use the Contest Assets for commercial purposes, subject to the following limitations:

- Participants may use the Contest Assets in their own commercial projects, products, or services, but they cannot resell, sublicense, or otherwise transfer the Contest Assets to any third party for commercial purposes.
- Participants may not distribute or share the Contest Assets, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, including but not limited to file-sharing platforms, websites, or other distribution channels.
- Participants may not claim ownership or authorship of the Contest Assets or any derivative works created using the Contest Assets.

8. Intellectual Property

8.1 By submitting an entry, participants grant the Organizer a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, and sublicensable license to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the submitted entry for promotional, marketing, or any other purpose, without any further compensation to the participant.

9. Liability and Indemnity

9.1 By participating in the Contest, participants agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Organizer, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from any and all claims, damages, losses, or liabilities arising out of or in connection with their participation in the Contest or the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize.

10. Governing Law

10.1 These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Organizer's country of incorporation, without regard to its conflict of law principles.

11. Severability

11.1 If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be severed from the remainder of these Terms, which will otherwise remain in full force and effect.

12. Entire Agreement

12.1 These Terms constitute the entire agreement between the participants and the Organizer with respect to the Contest and supersede all prior or contemporaneous understandings, representations, or communications, whether written or oral.

13. Questions and Contact Information

13.1 If you have any questions regarding the Contest or these Terms, please contact the Organizer at

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