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RenderMan "NASA Exploration" Art Challenge Final Results

85 Challengers | 3 Winning Entries & 8 Honorable Mentions
Challenge Dates: 08/11/2022 - 11/15/2022

Judges: Eman Abdul-Razzak, Jeremy Birn, Masha Ellsworth, Chia-Chi Hu, Markus Kranzler,
Andre Mazzone, Leif Pedersen, Vandana Sahrawat, Dylan Sisson, Mark SubbaRao

Congratulations to our winners! In our ninth art challenge, the judges awarded points in two categories, Narrative (25% Story and 25% Composition) and Technical (25% Texturing/Shading and 25% Lighting/Rendering). Thanks to everyone who took this art challenge out of this world!

NASA Exploration Art Challenge Winners


1st - Michał Pancerz

Meeting with the Alien King

2nd - Jamal Ulbricht

The Collector

3rd - Daniel Mille

The Space Buddy

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Honorable Mentions

Yining Karl Li

OV-105 Endeavour

Rafael Mello

Renaissance Expedition

Caroline Kiessling

Field Trip to the “Crack in Space” Museum

Johan Piek

Titan 2023: Dawn of a New Era

Pietro Bernardi


Jack Millard

Europa Extraction

Jakub Ptaszny

Teapot Space Ship

Arijit Data

Transcending the Unknown


Sukanta Adhikary Pietro Bernardi Arijit Data
Karim Eich Gianmarco Ferraro Luna Huang
Ignacio Joglar Caroline Kiessling Yining Karl Li
Corentin Maudhuit Rafael Mello Jack Millard
Daniel Mille Michal Pancerz Johan Piek
Jakub Ptaszny Shatehien Jamal Ulbricht

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You can view the great entries in the "NASA Exploration" Art Challenge space:

View the Entries!

Walking Teapot by Dylan Sisson. Models provided by NASA and Poly Haven © Disney/Pixar - RenderMan "NASA Exploration" Art Challenge

*RenderMan community account required to participate. All decisions of the judges are final. Prizes cannot be exchanged for their cash value. Prizes are non transferable.

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