Important! We had to postpone the festival until 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic. This shifts the deadline until next year, June 30 2021 respectively. You can still submit your entries.




Main dates and deadlines:


Open for submission:  March 20th 2021


Open until: 23:59 (GMT +3) June 30th 2021


Voting process starts: July 1st - July 20th 2021


Winners announced: July 25th 2021






We only accept artworks published during the period of one year from June 30th, 2019 until 23:59 (GMT +3 Moscow) June 30th, 2021. This means they are uploaded to any publishing source, physical or digital (social media, Artstation, Behance, personal website, etc.) that shows date of publishing.

Citizens of any country in the World can apply.


You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.  The content is rated “18+”




  • Best 2D Illustration

  • Best 3D character design

  • Best casual style artwork


General requirements:


  • We accept digital illustrations for games, movies, animated films, books, marketing etc., either personal works or commercial works, including fan art. Any subject, style and theme are welcome.

  • You can use artwork created for another contest or challenge if it’s not prohibited by the rules of that contest/challenge.


  • In case you are not bound by an NDA, feel free to use any artworks done for a client. You can also pick artworks that were accepted by a client before June 30th 2019, but allowed to display it after this date.


  • You can pick artworks created and published before June 30th, re-rendered or re-made and re-published after this date. It is up to you what changes you decide to make.

Technical Guidelines for Best 2D Illustration Category


  • We only accept digital illustrations created by any software you prefer.


  • You are not limited by any style or topic.


  • You are not limited by canvas orientation.


  • You can use 3D base or photo bash, but the final render must be presented in 2D.


  • Nudity content is allowed.


Technical Guidelines for Best 3D Character Design


  • 3D character/characters’ model/s are only accepted in this category. 


  • Your work should be done in 3D and created in any 3D-graphics suite of your choice (you can use any 3D tools, game engines, renders, add-ons and techniques)


  • You can use any visual style of your choice (photorealism, NPR, low-poly model, etc.)


  • The final work should be presented in the Marmoset viewer / Sketchfab OR in the form of a quality render in JPEG format, clearly illustrating your model from several angles and indicating the main angle.



Technical Guidelines for Best 3D Casual Game Art



  • We accept artworks in casual game style.


  • You are not limited by any theme or topic.


  • Animated pieces are NOT accepted for submission.


  • You can participate with an artwork displaying environment, character design, level design, props and other formats.


  • You are not limited by any pipeline; however, the final submission should be fully rendered in 2D.



Application Process



  • Any artist can entry the contest by filling the form below.


  • Every artist can only enter once, using up to three artworks in their submission.


  • Entry is limited to individual artists; therefore, team entries are not eligible.


  • Entry is considered legit if at least one artwork meets all the requirements, even if the rest do not.


  • Artist’s location does not affect the participation process.


  • Your entry must contain a direct link to every submitted artwork.


  • Participants must be 18 y.o. or older to take part in the contest.




Voting process



  • The winner is chosen by the jury board (members list below) 


  • There is one winner in each category.



Participants’ accountability  



  • The participants are fully accountable for their publications.


  • The participants are fully accountable for breaking any agreements, such as NDA.


  • In case any other person(s) took part in the creation of the artwork, participants must gain their permission and put their names and e-mails on the entry form.


  • Participants retain copyright of all entered materials and are free to use said materials for personal promotion.


  • We kindly remind the participants to double-check personal data, links, agreements and requirements before applying. Please respect the jury board, your fellow artists and clients.



Organizers’ rights and duties  


  • In case organizers receive information on breaking any rule or requirement, they have the right to decline the artwork.


  • Organizers have the right to disqualify any artwork.


  • Organizers do not manipulate jury’s decisions nor gain any profit from them.


  • Organizers are not accountable for entrants using any unlicensed software.



Therefore, we will not accept artworks:



  • Unpublished at any open source  


  • Published before June 30, 2019


  • Created with traditional materials 


  • Copies of other artists’ works 


  • Artworks limited by NDA or any other agreements 


  • Artworks created collaboratively with any third party, without any mention of this party or without their permission to entry this contest 




Award statuette



We are proud to present the unique Award figure, the main prize of the Artillery Art Awards.

It took about a year to design and roughly 6 months to sculpt and finalize it.

The main idea for the figure is artist’s hand and the metaphor of transformations that a creator is going through while creating art.


Every figure will be made specifically for the Award winner and will have a name on it, as well as sculptor’s stamp and foundry mark. 


Materials: gold, bronze, stone

Sculptor: Vladimir Brodarsky, St petersburg Imperial academy of Arts graduate, author of many sculptures, monuments and award figures

Art director: Lev Boyko, co-founder of Grafit studio



Jury board

1. Feng Zhu (Artillery 4th Shot speaker)

2. Even Mehl Amundsen (Artillery 1st Shot speaker)

3. Mike Azevedo (Artillery 1st Shot speaker)

4. Karla Ortiz

5. Zeen Chin

6. Greg Rutkowski

7. Eytan Zana

8. Anna Podedworna (Artillery 4th Shot speaker)

9. Piotr Jablonski

10. Victor Surkov - Art producer at RJ Games

11. Mauro Belfiore (Artillery 4th Shot speaker)

12. Viktor Titov, co-creator and art director at Grafit studio 


  • May I use my artwork that I created for another contest? 

  • Sure if it was published after June 30, 2019 and does not violate the conditions of another contest.


  • What if the client holds the rights but allows me to show this artwork?

  • Please feel free to use this artwork if it doesn’t break any agreement. 


  • My art contains some nudity, can I use it? 

  • Sure! Please pay attention to house rules of the source you choose, for example facebook block any nude content. If your art gets unpublished, the link breaks down and thus we can’t accept your entry. 


  • Do you accept stylized art or realistic illustrations only?

  • Choose any style. We only need to see 2D final render. 


  • I used my friend’s 3D model and then 2D-rendered it. 

  • Feel free to entry, just make sure your friend doesn’t mind and put his\her name and e-mail in the form. 


  • Can I make art specifically for this contest?

  • Sure! 


  • Do I hand copyright over to you, when I entry?

  • No, you keep it, we don’t own any rights, it’s still your art. 


  • What if I pick my old work and change final render, or add some details?

  • You can do so. Republish it till June 1, 2021. 


  • First, there was a pencil sketch. I scanned it and overpainted in Photoshop. Is it legit?

  • Yes, it’s only final render that matters. We don’t require to show us any WIP. Make sure you finalize it in 2D.  


  • I worked for a client together with my colleague, so that we both have permission to publish it. Who of us two can entry?  

  • Both of you if none of you has objections. make sure to put your colleague’s name and e-mail in the form. And also NDA! 


  • Why do you accept both old and new art, not require creating a new at for this award?

  • The Award is accepted by an artist, a person, a creator. An illustration only represents this person. 


  • Why is there a one year limit? 

  • We aim to keep this Award up-to-date, but don’t want to put strict limits.