Crowded / miniCHALLENGE #05 Announced!

Today we begin the 5th miniCHALLENGE. Crowded is focusing on the implementation of 3d Scanned People Assets in Still Images, specifically with AXYZ Design’s Anima crowd management software. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to showcase a crowded urban scenario be it outside or inside while leveraging Anima capabilities as you populate the scene. You can either create things from scratch or reuse projects you already made that fit with the Crowded theme. miniCHALLENGE#05 will run 30 days right here on the blog on the dedicated challenge section with €3,000 EUR CASH PRIZE + Software and Content for the Winners. Good Luck!

Winners Announced

June 15th 2017 – Winners have been announced! 

Featured header image by Egor Goray, 1st Runner-Up at the CityLIFE Challenge

Image by Pavel Huerta

Your Mission

Crowded is about showcasing an urban scenario with lots of people in it, be it outside or indoors. You’ll be provided with Anima Lite + Assets to be used to create your final and potentially winning entry! Anima Lite is free to use, even commercially, to create still renderings and animations. Let your imagination run wild and make the best possible and creative use of the plugin to showcase your idea and tell the story of the place. Don’t let scale issues limit you down – think outside the box! Surprise us!

The Prizes

AXYZ Design is offering great prizes for the selected winners!

  1. ANIMA PRO + 15 Collections + €2,500 EUR Cash Prize.
  2. ANIMA PRO + 10 Collections + €500 EUR Cash Prize.
  3. ANIMA PRO + 5 Collections.

About AXYZ Design & Anima

AXYZ Design develops state-of-the-art 3D products especially for CG artists, architects, and designers, including Metropoly, a line of 3D ready posed and rigged characters, and an(i)ma®, the fastest Stand-Alone character animation software in the industry.

Anima is an all-in-one population tool specially developed for architects and designers, ideal for quickly and easily creating stunning 3D animation and add life to 3D visualization projects instantly.

Image by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

How will this miniCHALLENGE Run?

The challenge will run directly on the blog this time, using the new challenge submit system. these are the first steps you should take :

  1. Download ANIMA LITE and set it up.
  2. Upload you initial Concept Milestone for the challenge and you’ll get access to additional assets.
  3. Keep uploading Work Process updates.
  4. Offer feedback to your fellow challengers.
  5. Submit you final entry before time is up!

Rules & Criteria

  1. Enter the Challenge simply by uploading the various milestones using the challenge submit page.
  2. If you are not registered yet, the first submit process will include the registration stage as well.
  3. Employees of sponsors can participate but will not be eligible for prizes.
  4. Any image deemed to be the same or similar to one currently published will be disqualified for reasons of copyright liability.
  5. Any image deemed to contain content that depicts explicit acts that are overtly violent, sexual, cruel or brutal will be disqualified.
  6. Each participant is allowed to submit ONE final image (you can add additional images if you like, but just one can be marked as the official entry).
  7. ANIMA LITE must be used for this challenge for placing the crowd assets.
  8. The deadline for submitting your final images is 8th Last Day of June 2017 23:55 GMT
  9. Criteria for judging are based on composition, modeling, texturing, lighting, concept and creative use of the ANIMA LITE plugin as well as a general impact on the viewer.
  10. You can’t post the work you do here in other forums, but you can link to it – the aim is to keep the discussion in one central place… HERE.
  11. All participants must provide reliable contact information in your profile, if the information provided does not allow to contact you easily the placement & prizes may be adjusted accordingly.
  12. The sponsors of this mini challenge may use any of the submitted artwork and scene files as resource or marketing material.
  13. The sponsors agree to clearly credit the artist if any of his artwork is used.
  14. may use submitted artwork on its website or other media to promote or document the challenge.

More Inspiration

Good Luck & Have Fun!

  • EvilVeggie

    Whoa, scale problem in inspiration number 9… The VW Van is monstrous!?

    • Antonio Stradivari

      it’s VW Van PLUS ;D

  • ronenbekerman

    To clarify a thing or two that’s been asked :

    1. Anima Lite is FREE to download and can also be used for commercial projects!
    2. You can use scenes you already made before – no need to create somthing from scratch. The focus here is on how you use Anima Lite to populate your scene with 3d human assets to convey the story of the place.

  • Muhammed Thufail

    Okay i tried downloading the Anima Lite version twice. and it got completed without any connection problem. even then during during extraction it says ” unknown format or damaged file “. Anybody else facing this problem? is there an alternative link to download it from? Thanks in advance

    • ronenbekerman

      Checked and the file at the source is good. This could be a case of incomplete download.

      • Sandrine Calame

        I get the same problem. The file is corrupted. From an other computer I get an anti-Virus Alert that find a trojan in the file

      • Muhammed Thufail Hi Ronen, Downloaded thrice again. Same error.
        Any alternative link is appreciated. Just out of curiosity, does it have anything to do with the region? am trying from India. 😀

        The file size is 1,778,778 KB is shown here.

      • Tmk

        Hi Ronen! I have tired to download the file on three different computers, and different network connections. I always got this error message like the picture below. Is it possible that the uploaded exe damaged? How could I download, the exe other way?

    • Tmk

      Hello guys, i have the same problem, i also downloaded it two times, but get the same error as Muhammed. Any idea to solve this?

  • CrimeMastargogo

    Ronen, is the Account Username and Password for the challenge different from the one we used to register on the forum? My Forum username and password arent working.
    Also, could you please add a direct link to the forum at the top of the webpage Right now its hidden in “Showcases” which is not very intuitive.

    • ronenbekerman

      Hey. Thanks for the feedback! The challenge login is different from the forums – create a new one here 😉

      • CrimeMastargogo

        Thank you for your reply.
        When I clicked on the link you provided, I was able to download version 1.5.
        Please see attached image.
        But I’m seeing others have a different version available for download.
        My question is, is Anima LITE version labeled as 1.5?
        or is it a “LITE” version of 2.5?
        Have I got the correct version?

        • ronenbekerman

          Should be 2,5 and testing it is indeed 2.5. Might have been the wrong file initially so re-download.

          Anyone having issues with the download email me using the pink circle on the bottom right side on this site.

  • Zaki Ahmed Fouatih

    can a group participate in the challenge ?

    • ronenbekerman

      This is a personal challenge so just one Artist assigned to an entry.

  • strdr88

    Hi Ronen,

    Could you please clarify rule 4? Did you mean same or similar like if there is a previous image of train station we cannot do the train station, or did you mean the image design itself, composition, ideas, etc?


    • ronenbekerman

      You can do a train station scenario if one has been done before – it is indeed about the specific image makeup like you say…

  • jerome

    Hi Ronen,
    I’ve downloaded anima lite version 2.5 with your link but i can use 5 poeple not more.


  • Juan Gayarre Calvo

    Could we upload an animation with anima people in motion and in any scenario?

    • ronenbekerman

      Keeping all on the same page with the limits of Anima Lite, I would say no – no animation. Just still images.

  • walaa zidan

    this message is appearing when i used the coupon code (Coupon usage limit has been reached) although i only downloaded 1 3D human. Could you please help me ?!

  • strdr88

    Hi Ronen,
    For the final entry, what should we put in pdf file you ask on the final submit page?
    It is not possible to submit the image without this pdf…

    • ronenbekerman

      This is a mistake… you should be able to upload just the image, just a .JPG file. I will make sure it does show “Final JPG Submit” and that it is an accepted file format.

  • Christopher James Lane

    Hi Ronen,

    I submitted my final entry post for the Anima Challenge (Corfu Town) but my actual final image which is of portrait orientation doesn’t appear to be on the post – only the feature image which was cropped down to a landscape shot. Are you able to help me?? or should i just re-submit the image again?

    Sorry to be a pain 🙁

    • ronenbekerman

      Anytime you, or anyone else feels a post went wrong – post once more. I will take care of things for you later 😉

      • Christopher James Lane

        Amazing… thanks mate! – I will post it again… just in case 😉

  • ronenbekerman

    Just so it is clear, you all have until tomorrow the 8th 23:55 GMT

    • ronenbekerman

      The challenge system shows less than 24 hours left as 0 days left – I will fix this so it shows as 1.

      • Tawirat Konkruea

        Could you please tell me again to make so clearly, how much time that we have less for submitting final entry in this challenge?
        because I’m so confuse about my time zone (my town is GMT+7) so I’m not pretty sure that what’s my deadline.

  • Jorge L. Claros

    Hi Ronnen,

    I uploaded two advances of my work and I haven’t received access to the additional assets. How do I get them?. Please help me.

    • ronenbekerman

      Check the spam folder. Also know that the extra assets are issued for the concept entry only.

  • Tawirat Konkruea

    Hi Ronen
    I’m not sure that you see my question.
    So, I just ask you again but i’m sorry if this message is disturb you.

    Could you please tell me again to make so clearly, how much time that we have less (what hrs. left?) for submitting final entry in this challenge?
    because I’m so confuse about my time zone (my town is GMT+7) so I’m not pretty sure that what’s my deadline.


    • ronenbekerman

      Hi… that would be 03:55 AM on June 9th for you. Here is a link to a world clock converter anyone can use 🙂 Just change / add your city.

      • purplehaze

        – The deadline for submitting your final images is 8th Last Day of June 2017 23:55 GMT
        Does “GMT” mean Israel time??? Why didnt you write 23:55 GMT+3 for deadline then? This is the second time deadline time conflict on the challanges… I hope you will be able to manage to write a proper deadline it in the challange?!..Will you?

  • ronenbekerman

    Thanks to all who entered the CROWDED miniCHALLENGE! We are deliberating your work and will announce the winner during the coming week 😉

    Big thanks once more!