Sketchfab 3D Scanning Challenge: Culture and Tradition

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Share your culture and traditions in 3D with this week’s photogrammetry challenge, sponsored by CapturingReality. Whether it’s your culture and traditions or somebody else’s, select something that tells a story.

UPDATE: Winner – Chinese censer by Giebel

To see what the judges had to say about the winning entry, head over to the Sketchfab Forum. To see all the challenge entries, check out the tag gallery.

  1. To enter, just take photos of your chosen object, process them in RealityCapture, upload your model to Sketchfab using RealityCapture’s built-in exporter, and tag it #CultureScanningChallenge.
  2. The twist this time around is that you must optimize your model using RealityCapture’s automatic simplification and normal map baking process. Just follow these steps.
  3. To help you on your way, CapturingReality is giving each entrant 20 EUR RealityCapture PPI credits to enter! Read on for more details.

How to apply for your RealityCapture PPI Credits

  1. Use this form to submit:
    1. A link to your Sketchfab profile.
    2. The email registered to your Sketchfab profile.
    3. A description of the cultural object you intend to scan.
  2. You will receive your redeem code via email within 2 business days.
  3. Log in to your existing CapturingReality account or register for a new CapturingReality account. Then redeem your code at


  • Scan your cultural or traditional item and use RealityCapture to process the model. Download the free version here, beginner’s video guide here.
  • Important: Use the built-in Sketchfab uploader when posting your entry to give your model the ‘Uploaded with RealityCapture exporter’ badge. ⚠ Be sure to choose “Mesh Quality – LOW” to trigger the automatic normal map creation:


  • Submit only new work, but feel free to submit multiple scenes.
  • Once you’ve created your scene, upload it to Sketchfab using the Sketchfab Uploader within RealityCapture, tag it #CultureScanningChallenge.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED Submission deadline is Tuesday, October 19, Monday, October 26, 2020 (23:59 New York time – EDT)


Entries will be judged on quality, creativity, level of difficulty, presentation, adherence to the challenge theme, and suitability for real-time.


  • 200 EUR of RealityCapture PPI credits
  • $100 Amazon gift card (or equivalent if you don’t have access to Amazon)
  • 6 months of Sketchfab Plus to your account

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
  • This is a contest for individuals, no teams.
  • No alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Sketchfab employees or their families.
  • No ripping of models from anywhere on the Internet, all entries must be original works.
  • The judges’ decisions are final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winning entries will be documented and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Contestant’s models must be uploaded to Sketchfab and tagged #CultureScanningChallenge to be considered.
  • Winners retain all Intellectual Property as per Sketchfab standard Terms and Conditions.
  • Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • The winners will be contacted by Friday, October 23, 2020.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

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