Make a Splash in Amsterdam

Win a trip to the Blender Conference 2022.

After years of travel restrictions, Blender users can finally meet in Amsterdam again at the 2022 Blender Conference and celebrate Blender’s 20th open source birthday together! And this is your chance to attend: together with Sketchfab, we’re launching our biggest challenge yet with prizes that include two all-expenses paid trips to Amsterdam. Join this challenge, and you could be on a flight to Amsterdam in October to meet the biggest names in the Blender community!

The Task

Every Blender user remembers their ‘first Blender’, and that Blender version had a unique splash screen which is etched into their minds. We ask you to reimagine your favourite splash screen and upload it as a real-time scene to Sketchfab. For example:

  • Agent 327’s fireball from the perspective of the bad guys about to get fried, or the burnt crispy look of surprise after they’re hit by Agent 327’s fireball
  • Remix an existing Creative Commons splash screen.

We’ll be looking for the most imaginative and surprising designs that make great use of Sketchfab’s real-time 3D web viewer.

Be sure to read the sections below for details on how to participate.

The Prizes - We’re bringing you to Amsterdam!

Grand prize

Runner up

BlenderNation will also offer the winners a ‘Behind the Scenes’ article about their work, and will handle the production and promotion of these articles. The articles will mention the Blender Conference Challenge and Sketchfab’s role as sponsor.

(*) Winners will receive the conference pass and a lump sum via PayPal or direct bank transfer for the travel, lodging and pocket money upon providing proof of booking flight/hotel.

Submission Requirements

  • Re-imagine a Blender splash screen.
  • Re-mixing of Creative Commons content is allowed, but requires the appropriate attribution.
  • Create a ‘work in progress’ topic in the challenge category on Blender Artists and keep a journal of your progress.
  • Upload your entry to Sketchfab and tag it with #bcon22challenge. Credit any original splash screen creator(s) in the model description, and add any required attribution.
  • Submission deadline is 2022-09-15T21:59:00Z - click the link for some international times.

The Judges

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Our judges are:

  • Pablo Vazquez works as an artist at the Blender Foundation and hosts the popular livestream Blender Today, and also created the Blender 2.36 splash screen.
  • Dédouze is a self-taught illustrator, animator and developer specializing in Grease Pencil, and creator of the Blender 2.82 splash screen.
  • Joanna Kobierska is a professional artist by day, paleoartist by night, and creator of the Blender 2.92 splash screen.
  • Bart Veldhuizen, the guy behind BlenderNation and Blender Artists, and Community Lead at Sketchfab/Epic Games. He did not create any splash screens. Bummer!

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality
  • Creativity
  • Performance and presentation in the Sketchfab 3D viewer
  • Adherence to the contest theme
  • The quality of the submission’s WIP documentation

The Terms & Conditions

  • Potential winners will be contacted by September 30, 2022.
  • Potential winners must provide proof of booking flight/hotel before October 7, 2022 in order to receive prize money.
  • Potential winners are responsible for all necessary travel requirements (COVID vaccine documentation, passport, etc.).
  • Prize money will be paid out using PayPal or direct transfer (bank) within 5 business days of receiving the booking information. Currency conversion rates at the moment of payment may apply.

The Answers (to your questions)

Head over to our FAQ topic for common questions, and feel free to leave new questions there too.



Will the judging even have a live stream or something? :slight_smile:

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We’re not planning to stream the judging process.