© Creative Lighting
© Creative Lighting

Get creative with lighting

Student rendering challenge | Deadline: December 3, 2020
Submit your entry

Love experimenting with light? Enter our student rendering challenge and be in with a chance to win
V-Ray or Corona licenses, Chaos Cloud credits and much more.

We’ve seen the light — and it’s the theme of this year’s student rendering challenge. V-Ray and Corona’s latest features give you more lighting options than ever before — and to celebrate, we’re inviting you to experiment with illumination and bring out the best in your work.

You could produce a moody character study lit with a single 40-watt bulb, tap into a perfect golden-hour sunset for a tranquil architectural scene or journey to a distant galaxy and discover what it would be like to catch some rays under two suns. Submit your best work for a chance to win an awesome prize package.

What should I submit?
We want you to put your skills to the test and show us your best renders. You can use any software to model your vision, but be sure to render in V-Ray or Corona, on any platform with a legitimately acquired license.

Who can enter?
We welcome submissions by students all around the world who are studying rendering as part of a program or course in a government-accredited educational institution. The challenge is open to students with interest in all computer graphics and 3D industries (Architectural Visualization, Interior Design, VFX, Animation, Character Design, Product Design, Environment, Game Design, Automotive Design, Advertising, etc.). Be sure to read the official competition rules to check that you qualify.

What do I need to take part?
If you don’t already have access to V-Ray or Corona as part of your program or course, you can take advantage of our free fully featured trials for V-Ray and Corona Renderer to participate in this student rendering contest. Want more time to get to know V-Ray for Maya? Make use of our Personal Learning Edition (PLE).
Download your free 30-day V-Ray trial >
Download your free V-Ray for Maya Personal Learning Edition license >
Download your free 45-day Corona Renderer trial >

How will you choose the winning images?
Our judging panel will choose a grand-prize winner and share up to 12 finalists on Chaos Group’s Facebook Page. The public will have the opportunity to select their winner from the 12 finalists. The winning image will be the artwork that gets the most likes; the next three projects with the most likes will be awarded runner-up prizes.

When will the competition run?
We’ll accept entries from September 1 to December 3, 2020. We'll announce the finalists and open the public vote on December 11, 2020. The winners will be announced on December 17, 2020.

Any further questions?
To help you keep on top of your time, we have a dedicated support team ready to answer your technical questions and help troubleshoot your renderings. Contact support@chaosgroup.com (for V-Ray support) or support@corona-renderer.com (for Corona assistance). For general questions about this challenge, simply email education@chaosgroup.com

© Double Aye
© Double Aye


Jury Winner (x1)

Public Winner (x1)

Public Runners-up (x3)

*Updates and upgrades as per official policy
We will announce the winners via our social media channels on December 17, 2020.


Meet the jury

Nicklas Byriel


3D College  

Nikos Nikolopoulos

Founder/Creative Director
Creative Lighting 

Sonja Christoph

Sr. Environment Artist
IO Interactive 

Victor Bonafonte

 Creative Director, Architect & CEO
Beauty and The Bit

Michaela Tonelli

Architect and Founder

Tran Ma
Jakub Cech

CEO & Creative Director

Lon Grohs

Global Head of Creative
Chaos Group

Tom Grimes

Marketing Specialist
Chaos Group


Melissa Knight

Creative Director of Marketing
Chaos Group


Nikolay Bulev

CG Specialist
Chaos Group

Anastasia Zhivaeva

CG Specialist
Chaos Group


Ricardo Ortiz

Product Specialist   
Chaos Group  

Veselina Zheleva

Director Education
Chaos Group 

Get inspired

Still waiting for that lightbulb moment?
We've put the spotlight on some pieces that are bound to inspire your entry.


Submit your entry

When you’re ready to show us your best work, simply complete this form and upload your submission.
We look forward to seeing it!
Don’t forget the deadline is December 3, 2020, at 11:59 PM PT.