Sketchfab X Nvidia X ConceptD 3D Art Challenge


The results are in! The caliber of work submitted for this challenge was fantastic and our judges had their work cut out for them. Here are the winning entries:

1st Place: Baker and the Bridge by ConradJustin


  • ConceptD 5 Notebook featuring an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Laptop GPU (Core i7 11800H / NVIDIA RTX 3060 / 16GB RAM / 1T SSD / Windows 10 Pro OS)
  • A cash prize of US $300.00
  • A framed art print of the winning entry
  • 12 months of Sketchfab Pro

Judges’ notes:

“I love the details and design of this piece. Especially the sculptural forms of the roots and roof, which contrast beautifully with the mechanical elements.” – Olena

“This is such a complete scene for me—from the concept and overall 3D composition to the modeling, texturing and attention to detail. The hopeful feeling of the scene—nature and civilization in harmony—is a great take on the challenge theme, nature and civilization colliding in a positive way. A very deserving winner!” – Tom

“I love the atmosphere in this scene—I can almost feel the warm summer breeze, and the longing for a time long lost. The attention to detail and the hand painted textures are amazing, and the story that is told through the annotations adds a nice layer to the scene as well. For me, all the elements ‘clicked’ in this work!” – Bart

2nd Place: Survivor and Savior by aidinsalsabili


  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3090 Graphics Card
  • A cash prize of US $200.00
  • 6 months of Sketchfab Pro

Judges’ notes:

“Aidin has achieved an incredible sense of scale and detail on such a low polygon budget. This work definitely triggered some emotions with me—the sadness about the current state of the world, but also the loneliness of the artist who kept on working despite everything that happened. All in all awesome work, great story, and excellent use of the Sketchfab viewer.” – Bart

“Great storytelling using the annotations. The artist working at the end of the world made me laugh — spot-on!” – Olena

“The somber and peaceful mood of this entry is fantastic. The artist’s skill—the contrast between natural lines and living colour of the whale and the harsh edges of the desaturated buildings—is really polished by their use of the Sketchfab viewer.” – Tom

3rd Place: The Carrier by Máté Varga


  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3080 Graphics Card
  • A cash prize of US $100.00
  • 3 months of Sketchfab Pro

Judges’ notes:

“My personal favorite! The sense of endless struggle and perseverance is powerful and the concept of nature as the carrier of civilization is perfect. I love the looping animation, the realistic cloth movement, and the clever use of dithered opacity for the sand blowing in the wind. Coupled with the bold yet simple background, this entry ticks so many boxes for me—great work!” – Tom

“I think Máté nailed the topic of this challenge by showing the burden we’re putting on nature. I enjoyed exploring the scene and following the narrative. Use of the Sketchfab viewer is excellent—its performance really surprised me, given the amount of animation and complexity. Also, as a minor detail, I love how Máté used the dithered opacity to achieve a particle-like effect on the sand ?” – Bart

“Unique concept and excellent work on the modeling and animation.” – Olena

This month we’re teaming up with NVIDIA® Studio and ConceptD to bring you our biggest challenge yet!

The Theme

Sometimes when nature and civilization collide, wonderful things happen; other times it ends badly. For this challenge, we invite you to pick a moment in time—past, present, or future—and tell a story about our complex relationship with nature.

Read on to learn full prize details, how to enter and contest terms & conditions. To give or get feedback on challenge entries, head over to the Sketchfab Forum or Discord. And to see all the entries, check out the tag gallery.

Collision: Nature & Civilization (“Contest”) is hosted by Sketchfab Inc (“Sponsor”) and prizes are sponsored by NVIDIA Studio and ConceptD. The Contest is subject to the Official Contest Rules, available at (“Official Contest Rules”), and which are deemed incorporated herein by this reference.

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Prizes and Winner Notification

First Place Prizes

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  • ConceptD 5 Notebook featuring an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Laptop GPU
    (Core i7 11800H / NVIDIA RTX 3060 / 16GB RAM / 1T SSD / Windows 10 Pro OS)
  • A cash prize of US $300.00
  • A framed art print of the winning entry
  • 12 months of Sketchfab Pro

First place prize approximate retail value (“ARV”): US $2,627.00 / €2,263.00*


Second Place Prizes

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  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3090 Graphics Card
  • A cash prize of US $200.00
  • 6 months of Sketchfab Pro

Second place prize ARV: US $1,843.00/ €1,587.00*


Third Place Prizes

Image of an Nvidia 3080 graphics card.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3080 Graphics Card
  • A cash prize of US $100.00
  • 3 months of Sketchfab Pro

Third place prize ARV: US $872.00 / €751.00*


*Euros conversion provided for informational purposes only, based on exchange rates as of October 18, 2021.

Limit one (1) prize per person or household. All cash prizes will be awarded via PayPal.

Potential winner(s) will be notified on or about December 15, 2021.

Requests to obtain a list of winners may be made by mail and must be postmarked no later than ninety (90) days after the end of the Contest.

How to Enter

  • Contest begins at 12:00pm Eastern US Time on November 1, 2021 (16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) on November 1, 2021) and ends at 11:59pm Eastern US Time on November 29, 2021 (03:59 GMT on November 30, 2021) (“Contest Period”).
  • During the Contest Period, upload a 3D scene that encapsulates the collision between nature and civilization (“Submission”) to Sketchfab with the hashtag #NatureAndCivChallenge.
  • You must have or open a free or subscriber account on Sketchfab.
  • Contest may be entered in or from the Eligible Jurisdictions (as set forth in the Official Contest Rules, available at Entries originating from any void or prohibited jurisdiction are not eligible for entry.
  • Limit one (1) entry per person.

Entry Submission Guidelines

  • If you incorporate existing, openly licensed 3D models in your work, you must properly credit the creator(s), and link back to their work.
  • If you use concept art to create your work, you must obtain permission from the concept artist, credit them, and link back to their work.
  • There are no technical submission requirements for this challenge.

Judging Panel and Judging Criteria

  • On or about November 30, 2021, all eligible Submissions will be judged by the following panel of judges:
    • Gavriil Klimov, Senior Art & Design Director, NVIDIA
    • Olena Shmahalo, Art Director at Quanta Magazine
    • Bart, Tom, and Abby, Community Team
  • All Submissions will be judged based on the following equally-weighted judging criteria:
    • Quality
    • Creativity
    • Presentation
    • Adherence to the Contest Theme
    • Effective use of Sketchfab 3D Viewer Settings

In the event of a tie, the tying Submissions will be re-judged with double weight given to “Creativity”.

  • Sponsor and the information contained on Sponsor’s servers relating to dates and times shall be the sole determiner of the winner(s).

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