The annual NEWVIEW Awards organised by Psychic VR Lab opened submissions last month, accepting artistic works from creators using the company’s Styly platform. With several awards and cash prizes already on offer, today Psychic VR Lab has announced the addition of several extra prizes alongside expanding the judging team.
There will be three additional awards included in the 2021 NEWVIEW Awards event; The Nreal Prize, the Media Ambition Tokyo Prize, and the GIZMODO Prize. Each will be awarded to one XR artist, the Nreal Prize will be for augmented reality (AR) works that make use of STYLY for Nreal, an app for the Nreal Light smart glasses. While the Media Ambition Tokyo Prize will see the winner’s piece exhibited at the next Media Ambition Tokyo event, a festival presenting the possibilities of future-creating technology developed in Tokyo.
As for the GIZMODO Prize, this provides the winner an opportunity to exhibit their work for a limited time in a space provided by Gizmodo Japan; one of the largest media technology websites in Japan. All of these new awards will be in addition to the standard three Silver Awards offering $5,000 USD each and the grand Gold Award which nets the winner $20,000.
When it comes to those picking the awards three new judges have been introduced. David O’Reilly is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Los Angeles and known for short films including Please Say Something and The External World. He’s worked TV shows such as Adventure Time and South Park as well as creating videogames. Also on the roster is Tina Sauerlaender, curator and co-founder of Radiance, artistic director of the VR ART PRIZE by DKB, and curator of The Unframed World exhibition.
Submissions for the NEWVIEW Awards 2021 are still open until 1st November, the theme this year being ‘Post Reality and No Normal’ because of the so-called “new normal” which has evolved around the COVID-19 pandemic. As mentioned, if you wish to enter the awards you need to have used Psychic VR Lab’s production and distribution platform Styly which works in conjunction with Unity. Styly is a web-based platform with thousands of works available to view both in and out of VR.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the NEWVIEW Awards 2021, reporting back with the latest entries.