Autodesk 3ds Max Design Hero Competition

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Rules

Be sure to read these rules carefully and in full. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can also be found here.

Official Contest Rules (The Quick Version)

1. The Competition is open to all visitors of CGarchitect.com.

2. To participate you must submit an image created with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2012 or Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2012 software or newer.  Modeling produced outside of 3ds Max must be created using Autodesk software, or plugins designed to support or augment modeling in Autodesk software. There are no restrictions on post-production applications used to finalize the final rendered image.  If you do not currently own 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design software, you can download a free 30-day trial version. Student Participants can download 3ds Max Design  from the Autodesk Education Community.

Free trials of Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software, on its own or within a Suite under TRY at: http://usa.autodesk.com/3ds-max/suites/

Student Licenses can be found here: http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software


3. The context of the Image should be design-centric, for example: buildings, bridges, cities, vehicles, consumer products, machines, furniture, building products, landscapes, etc.  You SHOULD NOT, incorporate the 3ds Max logo into your scene for this year's competition.

4. Each submission must fit into one of the three available categories: "Buildings": architecture, building engineering, construction; "Transportation": Roads/Highways, Rail, Airports, Ports/Harbors;  and "Product Design": Consumer Products, Industrial Machinery, Automotive and Aerospace Vehicles, Building products and goods.

5. Participants may submit up to five (5) different submissions per category.  CGarchitect.com’s automated submission system will automatically reject submissions made by Participants that exceed five (5) per category.

6. Submitted Images must not be watermarked.

7. Images must be a minimum of 1,500 pixels in the shortest dimension.

8. Winners will be selected by the Judges and staff at Autodesk.  Images will be judged on originality and design sensibility.

9. The competition deadline is Friday November 30, 2012 at noon MST (UTC/GMT -7 hours)

10. Winners will be announced on or about January 15, 2013.

Prizes and Additional Rules for Competition Winners

1. The first place winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize (less applicable taxes) plus A 3DBOXX 4050 XTREME Workstation upon delivery of the final Image to Autodesk from Sponsored Party.  Second place winners will receive a BOXX Technologies renderPro and 3 honorable mentions (one per design category) will receive an NVIDIA Quadro K5000.

2 By uploading, emailing, posting, publishing or otherwise transmitting or submitting any content to the Autodesk 3ds Max Design Hero Competition, you acknowledge that such content is nonconfidential and automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) Autodesk and it’s co-sponsors, a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, transmit and distribute such content on in any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed. In addition, you warrant that all so-called moral rights in the content have been waived.

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Official Contest Rules (The Long Version)

This contest (“Contest”) is operated by CGarchitect Digital Media Corp (“cgarchitect.com”) and sponsored by those businesses (“Sponsors”) found on our sponsor page, which currently includes Autodesk, Inc., BOXX Technologies, Inc. and NVIDIA Corporation. 

Eligibility:
This Contest is open to only registered members of cgarchitect.com.  This Contest is subject to all federal, provincial, state and local laws and regulations where you reside and is void if prohibited by your local laws or regulations.  Participants from countries that are currently on any embargo lists from the United States or Canada are considered automatically disqualified and any entries from such participants will be rejected.  Participants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of cgarchitect.com and Sponsors which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. cgarchitect.com reserves the right to disqualify any participant that it determines, in its sole discretion, is ineligible to participate in this Contest.

Summary:
In order to enter this Contest, you must submit designs through cgarchitect.com and use the Sponsors’ products (available for free trial downloand through cgarchitect.com); this means you must sign up with cgarchitect.com (no purchase necessary)For every design submitted, you will receive an entry into the Contest.  You are limited to a maximum of five (5) entries per category.  Valid entries will be collected for the specified period of the Contest.  Once the Contest ends, an independent panel of judges selected by the cgarchitect.com and Sponsors will decide the winning entries.  The decisions of these judges are final and not appealable in any fashion.  

Representations:
By entering the Contest, you warrant to cgarchitect.com and Sponsors that:

  1. You meet all eligibility requirements of the Contest; AND
  2. Your are complying with all applicable statutes, regulations, and other laws; AND;
  3. Any images you submit are your own original work and do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of other parties.  Any entry found to be plagiarized or that is proved to be an infringing work will be automatically disqualified and may subject you to criminal and civil liabilities from cgarchitect.com, Sponsors, and the party whose work you infringed.

Cost:
There is no cost to participate in the Contest.  No purchase is necessary.

Judging Criteria:
By entering the Contest, you agree to the following judging criteria:

  1. Judging will be performed by a panel of expert judges selected by cgarchitect.com and Autodesk, Inc.  There will be 2 rounds of judging.
  2. The first round of judging will be performed through an online voting system where each entry is scored on the originality of concept and design sensibility.
  3. The final round of judging will be performed by all judges in person or via a web conference. The top ten scoring images from the first round will be further evaluated and discussed by the judges based on the same criteria from the first round with the addition of also meeting Autodesk image criteria.
  4. From the final round of judging, a grand prize winner and four runners up will be selected based upon a majority consensus of the judges. The decisions of these judges are final and not appealable in any fashion.

Use of Entries and Participant Information:
To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, you agree to the following:

  1. By uploading, emailing, posting, publishing or otherwise transmitting or submitting any content to the Autodesk 3ds Max Design Hero Competition, you acknowledge that such content is nonconfidential and automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) Autodesk and it’s co-sponsors, a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, transmit and distribute such content on in any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed. In addition, you warrant that all so-called moral rights in the content have been waived.
  2. Each participant consents to the use by cgarchitect.com, Sponsors, or any third party chosen by cgarchitect.com or Sponsors, of any and all entry information related to the Contest, including any personal information obtained through the Contest, for advertising, marketing or other purposes. All such information becomes the property of cgarchitect.com and Sponsors and will not be returned.
  3. By accepting a prize, a winner consents to publication in any media form of such winner's full name, address, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by cgarchitect.com, Sponsors, or any third party chosen by Sponsors, on any winner list, advertising, marketing, and other materials without additional compensation or notice. Other than as set forth herein, cgarchitect.com and Sponsors will treat any personal information supplied by participants according to their respective privacy policies.

Important Dates:
This Contest will begin on October 1, 2012 and will end no later than 12:00pm on, November 30, 2012 MST (GMT-7).  Winners will be announced on or about January 15, 2013.

Prizes:
The prizes awarded for this Contest are:
Grand Prize - (1) 3DBOXX 4050 XTREME Workstation plus $5,000 USD upon delivery of the final approved image to Autodesk.
Second Place - (1) BOXX Technologies renderPro
Honorable Mentions - (3) NVIDIA® Quadro® K5000
The prizes are not redeemable for cash.  Prizes are not transferable and no substitutions are allowed except by cgarchitect.com and Sponsors, who reserve the right to award a prize of equal or greater value if the advertised prize is unavailable. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. All taxes, duties, and other expenses related to shipment related to any prize are the responsibility of the prize winners.

Release:
To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless cgarchitect.com, Sponsors, prize manufacturers, and their related companies and representatives from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize(s) including, without limitation, intellectual property infringement, lost or incomplete entries, personal injuries, death, property damages and any claims by third parties or otherwise based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.  You acknowledge that cgarchitect.com and Sponsors have no liability for nor make any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, with regards to any prizes.  You agree to pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys' and experts' fees and costs, incurred in connection with any claims brought against cgarchitect.com or Sponsors in connection with your participation in the Contest.

Limitation of Liability:
If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to such issues as computer viruses, participant fraud, technical failures, or any other cause that could affect the integrity of this Contest, cgarchitect.com and Sponsors reserve the right to terminate, suspend, or otherwise modify this Contest.  cgarchitect.com and Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any participant who violates the rules of this Contest.  cgarchitect.com and Sponsors assumes no responsibility for any lost Contest entries, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, technical malfunction of servers/software, or unauthorized access and alteration of Contest entries.  All limitations of liability in the cgarchitect.com Terms of Use apply.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDS "AS IS." NEITHER CGARCHITECT.COM NOR SPONSORS MAKES AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

Jurisdiction:
Any dispute that may arise hereunder shall be brought solely in the appropriate provincial or federal court sitting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and participants consent to the personal jurisdiction and venue of such court.

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If you have any questions, please email them to 3dsmaxhero@cgarchitect.com

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