Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a fee to submit to the competition?

A: No, there is no fee. It is completely free.

Q: I do not have permissions to show my work until ______. When will my work be shown publicly?

A: Our current schedule is to announce nominees the first week of July 2019. If your work is nominated we will be making the work public around this timeframe.

Q: Do I need to attend the awards ceremony if I win or am nominated?

A: While there is no obligation to be there in person to win or be nominated, we certainly encourage attendance and most winners do attend. CGarchitect will provide up to $1,000 USD compensation to winners for flight, hotel and conference pass per our competition rules.

Q: Does my entry have to be professionally commissioned work to be submitted?

A: No, anyone can submit to the competition, including student work and work created for your portfolio or as a learning exercise. Please see the explanations of the various categories below.

Q: I created my entry with (insert Software name here) can I still submit?

A: Yes you can. There are no restrictions on which software you can use to create your submission(s).

Q: I'm having problems uploading, what other options do I have to submit my work?

A: While most people do not have problems, slow or unreliable internet connection can sometimes cause the upload process to fail. If this happens to you try to send your upload again from a different connection or browser. If you are still experiencing problems, please contact us at

Q: What is the schedule for the competition?

A: The competition will follow the following schedule: (Dates Subject to Change)

  • Call for submissions: April 1 – May 31 (12:00 Mountain Daylight Time / UTC-7)
  • Judging Round: June 7 – June 24
  • Tentative Nominees Announced: July 1
  • Official Nominees Announced: July 22
  • Winners Announced Online: August 26

Q: What are the differences between the various categories?

A: Please see the detailed descriptions in our competition rules

Q: My project has been published on another site or in another competition, can I still enter?

A: Yes, we do not have any requirements for exclusivity.  The only requirement is that the project was created or made public in 2018/2019.

Q: When will I receive prizes that were outlined in the prizes section?

A: Sponsors will attempt to contact each selected winner, nominee, entrant by email in September 2019. 

Q: I am a student and I created my submissions as part of my class project, can I submit?

A: Works created by students for the student category must have been completed entirely by the student. No assistance from school staff or other professionals is allowed other than providing basic general guidance. Pre-made scenes provided by the school, scenes that are used as part of a teaching plan or curriculum, and scenes that are not an original creation of the student are not allowed. Scenes found to be in violation of these criteria will be disqualified.

Q: I need to make changes to an entry I have already validated and submitted. How can I delete or update it?

A: Once an entry is submitted it can not be edited, however if you email us the submission ID from your dashboard and let us know if you want it deleted or unlocked for editing, we can do that for you.


Got questions?

If you have any questions about the 3D Awards, please email them to 
(IMPORTANT: Be sure to include the submission ID with your email if your question is related to a specific entry.)