The Pacific Rim Uprising Global Jaeger Contest

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Slider-2 by dtab428Enter the Pacific Rim Uprising Hometown Jaeger contest and you could win $6,000, a signed movie poster, and more!

Missed out on our livestream with Director Steven S. DeKnight? Don’t worry, you can watch the replay!

Your last name may not be Pentecost, but you can still help avert the apocalypse. Pacific Rim Uprising will be available via download on June 5 and on Blu-ray/DVD June 19, 2018. To celebrate, we want to see what your Jaeger would look like on your turf and give you prizes for it!

Create your own Jaeger and place it where you live, anyplace in the world you may be–maybe it's posing in your actual backyard, protecting the town square, or defending a local landmark. There are tons of options! Your Jaeger can be inserted into a photo or you can artistically recreate the location.

First, Second, and Third Place winners will be chosen by Steven S. DeKnight, Director of Pacific Rim Uprising!

Missed out on our livestream with Director Steven S. DeKnight? Don’t worry, you can watch the replay!

Example art by: ksenolog

Step 1Design Your Own Jaeger

Your Jaeger can be on patrol, posing heroically, mid-battle, or another activity you can think of! Watch the trailer and check out the assets from the film for more inspiration and learn more about Pacific Rim Uprising.

Step 2Show off your corner of the world!

Choose a place in your hometown (your yard, the center of town, a nearby landmark, etc.). Place your Jaeger in your chosen location via photo manipulation or artistic recreation.

*Don't forget to give your hometown a shout-out in your title or description for a chance to be featured in our Deviant Spotlight!

Official Rules

Step 3Show Your Artwork!

Submit to the contest category using the button below. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be judged by Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight!

Contest Closed

  • $6,000 USD
  • 6-month Core Membership
  • Poster signed by select cast
  • Pacific Rim Uprising Blu-ray/DVD
  • Signed by Steven S. DeKnight
  • $3,000 USD
  • 6-month Core Membership
  • Poster signed by select cast
  • Pacific Rim Uprising Blu-ray/DVD
  • Signed by Steven S. DeKnight
  • $1,000 USD
  • 3-month Core Membership
  • Poster signed by select cast
  • Pacific Rim Uprising Blu-ray/DVD
  • Signed by Steven S. DeKnight
  • 2,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 3-month Core Membership
  • Poster signed by select cast
  • Pacific Rim Uprising Blu-ray/DVD
  • Signed by Steven S. DeKnight

The 'Pacific Rim Uprising Contest' begins at 12:00:00 am (PT – Los Angeles Time) on May 21, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 pm (PT – Los Angeles Time) on June 12, 2018 (The "Promotion Period").

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 21, 2018;
  • Entrant must submit a completed entry of an original artwork portraying their custom Jaeger within their hometown - by means of digital or traditional painting or photography;
  • May include licensed brushes and textures, original imagery and text created by the Entrant and visual elements from Pacific Rim Uprising, but the Entrant may not directly copy and paste images from Pacific Rim Uprising as part of an entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully;
  • ARV of all prizing is $12,705

The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by DeviantArt Staff with an independent judge. The first, second, and third place winners will be selected by the director, Steven S. DeKnight, with the same independent judge. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Depiction of custom Jaeger in the Work,
  • Success in Portraying the Contest Theme.
  • Originality and Artistic Skill
  • Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.

Contest Closed

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Could someone please tell me what font was used on the Add? The "Pacific Rim" metal font?
DaigokunArt's avatar
This contest is a joke and i must admit this, when you win this, your attitude will be nicer and you be like start saying something like "Please this is just a contest, don't make it personnal, being negative is not gonna help the community better." or " The industry is very small that what negative you'll do will bring a bad reputation to your name.  Make this world, online or offline, a BETTER and a POSITIVE place.. If I lose, it's fine, I will not die because of it.", then you pat people's back with hypocrite words. Imagine if you guys didn't make a cut, would you have enough mood to spit such nice words? NO, you will act like a cry baby with your own " I tried my best" song to ask for a pity.

I lost the contest also, a little disappointed, no deny. But there were something wrong about how the judges pick the entries, oh.. and they did that for their personnal taste, not according to the rules. Most of the entries contains no specific information, function, originality and how it portrayed your place, your city, your country, they supposed to be dropped out of the Semi-finalist box, i found only 3 entries which are worthy of the semi-final: 
Pacific Rim | Hibiscus Dawn by SKtneh   thailand Jaeger by kamiyamark Dauntless Aguila II a.k.a 'The Datu' by hupao  at least they have something Jeager-ed inside, not something overdesigned by prince and princess of efforts. 

Jameshutchison's avatar
hi all, i agree with you all. i created my JAEGER  in maya, render him in maya.  used photo i took . used photoshop to photo manipulation
put My JAEGER  to create this pcture. but i notice there was all where outstand artist, what should  had be done, have  one for  drawer and paint, one for professional  and not put them againt   hobbyist or artist
   , one cover  my type of  work i am not professional . it da and judge fault, should be more plan out. like say, everyone in this contest where the best at what they did. it was shame, how the contest was judge. i didnt expect to win, when saw all the artist, was think i was in wrong contest. and really start to  take myself out   of the  contest, all the other are way better. just my thought.


Here is my 1st entry that didn't make it to the TOP 25. I join contests with a humble heart, I always just do my best and ALWAYS never expect 100% chance of winning as I ALWAYS understand that at the end of the day a judge decision is subjective and based on his/her personal taste. I always think that there is someone out there that is better than me.  With that mindset, I always have a peace of mind, and don't have a bitter heart. I just enjoy the learning process of creating art as I myself is still a student of art and have plenty of things to improve on, even the greatest ones alive today are still learning out there and improving. The bad thing about having a thousand followers, or a million of likes is that it sometimes blinds us, human as we are, to think highly of ourselves and even be arrogant and think lowly of others. The world is already a sad, terrible and chaotic world, and to bring negativity online will not help this world become a better place. If ever, I have some issues with the contest, I would rather talk in private and in a more professional manner to the organizers, than pull other people's work down and shame them and tell lies online. That is very bad, and very unprofessional. A professional would never do that. Let's enjoy art, in whatever form it is. Art should teach us to be more respectful and be more open, to be more polite and accepting, to be a positive beacon. It's not a hard thing to do. I know there are alot of young kids who have no significant experience yet working with more professional and mature people, I highly advice you to be polite and respectful. The industry is very small that what negative you'll do will bring a bad reputation to your name.  Make this world, online or offline, a BETTER and a POSITIVE place.. If I lose, it's fine, I will not die because of it. Instead it will fuel more fire for me to get better and look for improvements.  I read alot of negative comments in the threads, some are even below the belt and unnecessary, it is something Deviantart should take notice and maybe take action. Congrats to the winners! :) I had to block some people who I believe are not helping this community be a more accepting place and even making it toxic. If you are older I think it is your responsibility to guide the younger ones to a much more positive road.
RuoMi's avatar
Where is the semi-finalist/winners' list tho? ( ' v ' ) It's already past 19th June. 
MoonYeah's avatar
if you want to show support to the ones that were not picked, you can post them here i guess, cause honestly there was just too much awesomeness in this contest.

These were some of my favorites :

JAEGER- 7 ONE- The Preparation by purplewurks Dusk Appearance by MakingPicsSlowly Pacific Rim Jaeger Datu by ejieart
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
realistic computer art made from expensive animation equipment wins, every contest, every time.
so boring and predictable!

How about style, movement, uniqueness, who designed the best Jaeger,
you would never pick impressionistic or black and white, the only kool one up there is The Atom Bear, because he doesn't look like a mirror image of all the others!

the contest says you can even win if you click and drag your Jaeger in front of your backyard yet you didn't even pick one of those. Most of us can't afford big expensive computers and animation equipment, why do you have to be rich to win?
MoonYeah's avatar
I think you don't get it, i understand your reaction, and honestly i feel a bit of the same, but if you read the rules carefully you basically have to understand that you do not even have the property of your own artwork anymore, even if you're not in the 25 semi finalist.

The instant someone decided to enter this contest had to understand that Universal owned the copyright of their artwork, now they've a huge database of concepts to work from, for a very cheap price...
I mean, we're talking about Universal.... it's not like $12,705 is a lot of money for them, it's nothing... and there was hundreds of entries...

That was their goal in the first place, and obviously they were expecting this kind of artworks, predictable, like you said.


Even though you're clearly getting angry at the results, you've got to understand that there is no reason in the world for them to pick amateur artwork compared to professionals skilled enough to produce a concept that would "fit in the pacific rim universe" Aka "able to fit in their concept art database" it's THEIR contest, not YOURS.
They are the judges, they pick the artworks.

And also, you don't need a 10k$ computer to produce an artwork of high quality, it's more about time and dedication, fundamentals in general, and yes probably a tiny bit of originality.

If you wish to enter these kind of contest and eventually win, now you know what you've got to work on, what kind of style is pretty much "sure" to win etc..

If this is something you definitely refuse to achieve, then i don't see the point of trying to impress an industry when this same industry is clearly not your cup of tea.

anyway, even though i wasn't picked, i'm happy i participated, in the end it pushed me to produce something i'm not used to, and i'm happy to see a giant Jaeger fighting a Kaiju in my library now ^^
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
The same judges pick the same art style every time, It doesn't matter what kind of contest it is or what the theme is.
I asked  before I entered if I should paint just the character fighting a monster with a city behind it, and they said the focus of the contest was the Jaeger in your hometown and it can be any style you want, yet they didn't pick that, they picked what they always pick, realistic animation. They shouldn't say any artform if all they want is animation, they should say "all we want is animation or they should follow their own rules and be fair.

I'm not going to change my art style for a contest that you can't win because you don't have the money for animation equipment. 
Fortique's avatar
When I did a "Character Emotion" contest for the Animation School of Design, they asked for two drawings of an original character of your own feeling two opposite emotions out of some given combos, ie rage and serenity or love and fear. The examples given were of a monster-like character with no visable background at all and was in simple line art with a bit of solid colours. I made three submissions and I felt pretty good about my works as I put plenty of hours in them and they had solid original designs and their expressions were clear and emotive. I made the positive emotions have a white background and the negative emotions have a black background to make it clear and not distract from the subject.

Come the results day and not even in 100 semi finalists was I selected. I got particularly bummed after seeing what I reckoned was a CHILDS PENCIL AND CRAYON drawing of TWO furries nuzzling each other. I thought the rules were clear it could only be one character.

My friend however, did get in the semi and were awarded a class with the school (they later went there and got a degree). When they were discussing the reason behind the winners etc with the teachers, they learned that APPARENTLY, they were looking for nice background art with the drawings. Which is why I didn't even place. Even though...
... I'm pretty sure...
... This was a competition about OC CHARACTER EMOTIONS... 
.. And at no point did it mention ANYTHING IN THE RULES ABOUT BACKGROUNDS.

This devastated me, obviously and severely knocked my confidence as you can imagine. 
Here is my submission for the Jaeger competition, Aeon Amaterasu, which, to no one's surprise, failed to even get noticed;…
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
sad, nothing is fare anymore.
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
so true, and I  like what you said: why just the art with city backgrounds when the contest is about these heroes in your personal hometown? and it's boring to just see realistic all the time. think out of the box DA. In my opinion, making your own style is what should count, and movement and those qualities are what should be considered when choosing finalists.  
Scarni's avatar
I agree. Seems it's just another shittily thought out contest, that's a word now, shittily, just for how bad this is.
5ofnovember's avatar
Jaeger HUSSAR by 5ofnovember
That was a nice challenge with so many beautiful entries.  Good luck to everyone!!! 
Madzmen's avatar
putting my entry here, because it seems other people are doing it tooI am a dummy! 
Hippy in the harbor by Madzmen
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
PowRodrix's avatar
Good Luck for all of us!
My entry: 
JANDAIA 08 - A Brazilian Jaeger by PowRodrix
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