Congratulations to all of the winners! Some really amazing renders!!!!
...And I think it's really worth noting that AFAIK, this is the only site in the content community with nature-based contests. I really love seeing such rich and diverse scenes, with so many different subjects.
It's inspiring and beautiful.
As somebody who primarily creates and posts nature-based imagery, I have found it frustrating to routinely get ignored in favor of the more popular forms of 3D imagery (pin-ups, sci-fi, fantasy). Part of the reason for this contest is to allow nature-based imagery it's moment in spotlight. That's also part of Songbird ReMix's mission, to provide tools for artists to create imagery that reminds us how important birds (and nature) are to our lives and hopefully create awareness.
Well said Sir! Whilst I hold that all life is sacred and should be treated with respect, one of the main reasons I moved to my current home was the wide and abundant variety of birds to be seen in due season. As the sole direct (known) descendants of the dinosaurs I also hold that they do deserve extra care from us. Perhaps the Admin would consider making this an annual event. Given the high standards shown by the entrants I'm sure that would reach a wider audience than Hivewire alone. Just an off-the-top-of-my-head suggestion, but perhaps one which may be worth considering.
Hey Mythocentric, this is an annual event. Ken started his annual Audubon Birthday Sales, and the render challenges, back when he was a PA at DAZ3D, and he restarted the sale and render challenge again when he moved here to HiveWire 3D. A lot of folks look forward to it each year.
I know there's a link to the 2015 Open Rendering Season render challenge in the Media section of the site. I don't know if there's one for the 2014 render challenge, unless for some reason there wasn't one.