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Steampunk myths and legends winners

26/02/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Over 2000 digital artists created steam-powered works to win $220,000 worth of prizes. The winners of the CGSociety's CGChallenge XXIII: Steampunk - Myths and Legends have now been reported. Digital artists battled to claim $220,000 worth of software and hardware in steampunk categories such as video, animation, modeling and illustration.

To win, CGI wizards had to give a steampunk edge to stories and legends - to create a future that could have been; an age when steel and steam propel machinery, men and monsters.

Steampunk is a fantasy genre which merges advanced steam-age technology with a modern or science fiction setting. It also covers works set in an era where steam-power is still widely used, such as 19th century Victorian England. Think Jules Verne, H.G. Wells or Kashuhiro Otomo's 'Steamboy'.

The Image (Individual) Master was awarded to Fabricio Moraes for his Steamnocchio, a reinterpretation of Pinocchio.

“This image just totally nails the steampunk theme,” said judge Leigh van der Byl. “The technical quality is simply fantastic too.” The excited artist replied, “I felt so great and could never imagine I could possibly win this competition, actually I still can't believe it. I got inspired by so many great artists.”

The Video (Team) Master award went to Bonsaininja Studio for 'EMET', a film that was “inspired by the legend of the Golem; telling the story of Rabbi Loew, who created an animated being entirely from inanimate matter to defend the Prague ghetto.

The Individual Video Master was awarded to Tyson Ibele's Hemlock. Judge Michael Dashow said the film had a “great mood set throughout the entire piece. The lighting, camera-work, and sound were wonderfully effective, and the ending was terrific.”

Prizes were also awarded in Video, Animation, Art Direction, Best Character, Compositing and Editing, Concept Art, Digital Painting, Landscape Matte, Lighting, Modeling, Sculpture, Texture, VFX and Illustration categories.

The CG Society is a global organisation for creative digital artists.

A full list of winners and their winning entries, can be viewed at The CGSociety website over at http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=4936&page=3- and you can also check out http://www.game-artist.net and http://www.ballisticpublishing.com

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