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Winners Announced!

X-Particles Challenge 2016

The X-Particles Challenge is a fun competition, open to all regardless of skill, where big prizes can be won.

The 2016 Winners

We had some great entries and congratulations to all who entered.

Here are the winners!

1st Prize - Mikhail Sedov

2nd Prize - Kris Cook

3rd Prize - Bogdan Toma

Honourable Mentions

There are prizes for entries which fell outside the top 3 but nonetheless caught the judges eye.

Vlad Maftei

I thought this entry was really creative and fun - it embodies the values of the X-Particles Challenge. - Andy Needham

Jessica Tan

I really like this fresh piece. - Mario Tran Phuc

Josh Dickens

This entry was done with X-Particles v2 (so an old version) but still delivers in animation and in style. - Dino Muhic

Tiber Erg├╝r

While the actual use of X-Particles wasn't as advanced or involved as some of the other entries. I thought it was one of the strongest pieces as far as camera and overall aesthetic and tone goes. It stood out as feeling like one of the most complete pieces submitted. - Brandon Parvini

Jason Poley

Great exploration of fluids and geometric forms showing the diversity of X-Particles as a graphic tool. - Tim Clapham

Great use of fluids and the composition is nice and clean. - Mike Batchelor

Special Prizes

We are awarding 2 special prizes this year.

The Community Prize goes to someone who has been actively sharing, mentioning, commenting and supporting the X-Particles Challenge on social media and The Demo Prize goes to the entry that used the X-Particles demo and produced the best result.

The Community Prize - Michael Szalapski

The Demo Prize - Ashish Ingle

Watch all the 2016 entries on Vimeo

Where can I learn X-Particles?

There are a variety of resources to learn X-Particles.

If you don't have X-Particles you can download a 30 day demo here.

Watch the 2016 X-Particles Challenge Showreel!

Thank you to everyone who took part. Join us again in 2017!

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Thank you to our Sponsors for providing some amazing prizes.

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Honorable Mentions

This year, we will also have several prizes for entries which just fell outside the top 3 but were still really strong entries.

You can be in with a chance to win licenses of Cycles 4D Renderer from Insydium, Think Particle store vouchers, MILG11 training from Motionworks, Learn.X-Particles 3 training from helloluxx and more plugins from Curious Animal.

Watch all the 2016 entries on Vimeo

Meet the Judges

Andy Needham

Andy is the organiser of this competition and a London-based freelance motion graphics artist and lynda.com author.

Mario Tran Phuc

Mario is based in Frankfurt, Germany and is a very experienced VFX Designer who won last year's competition - he lives and breathes X-Particles.

Brandon Parvini

Brandon is a freelance motion designer and director based in Los Angeles. He placed 2nd in last year's challenge and is a welcome addition to the judges panel.

Tim Clapham

Tim, Creative Director at Luxx, spurs creativity and learning via helloluxx, an on-line store offering a large collection of both free & premium training.

Dino Muhic

Dino is a freelance motion graphics and visual effects artist based in Frankfurt, Germany. He also shares his knowledge through tutorials and presets.

Mike Batchelor

As well as being one of the creators of X-Particles, Mike is also a creative designer specializing in motion graphics for sports packages.


Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this competition possible.

The 2015 Winners

2015 was the inaugural year of the X-Particles Challenge.
We had some fantastic entries and some truly deserving winners.

1st Prize - Mario Tran Phuc

2nd Prize - Brandon Parvini

3rd Prize - Guillaume Combeaud

4th Prize - Ratata

5th Prize - Frederik Wiedel