An astronaut in undergrowth© Matteo Morana
An astronaut in undergrowth© Matteo Morana

See our student rendering competition winners!


Matteo Morana’s overgrown vision of earth picks up first prize. Find out more and discover other incredible work submitted to our “Undiscovered” competition.


“Undiscovered” was the theme of this year’s V-Ray and Corona rendering competition — and it inspired CG students to create some awe-inspiring work, including mysterious reactors, scary soldiers, cute crabs and pirate ships.

With such an array of incredible entries, our judging panel had a tough time picking an overall winner, but they settled on Matteo Morana’s intricate illustration. Rendered with Corona for Cinema 4D, the image depicts earth in 3000 AD, 500 years after a massive catastrophe.

© Matteo Morana

“It was a clear winner for me,” says Lon Grohs, Head of Creative of Chaos. “Matteo captured the theme of the contest perfectly with clever composition, lighting and focus to draw you to the main character, who is dwarfed by plants and trees. This is visual storytelling at its most potent."

© Aaron Rabago

We turned to the public, via Facebook votes, to find our next winner: Aaron Rabago’s “Forgotten Beacon.” This atmospheric image depicts a long-abandoned machine nestled in a canyon. It invites the viewer to ask what its purpose is — and whether it still works.

Three public runners-up blend nature and the humanmade: Minchan Seo’s terrifying undead techno warrior, YoungBin Joung’s can-dwelling hermit crab and Hyunjung Ro’s unusual pirate ship crew.

Matteo and Aaron each win a V-Ray or Corona license, Chaos Cloud Credits, tickets to the Total Chaos 2020 conference and much more, while the runners-up take away V-Ray or Corona licenses.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part this year. Didn’t win this time? Keep an eye on our site and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates on upcoming competitions.