For the NVArt digital art challenge, co-sponsors Nvidia and the Society of Digital Artists asked artists to submit computer-generated images that could only exist in the imaginary realm (think liquid sculptures and slinking wicker cats). Organizers said they wanted artistically and technically outstanding images, but no fantasy creatures and game characters, as "these are too common in both digital and traditional fantasy art."
Indeed, contestants from around the world mined the deepest recesses of their imaginations to create highly unexpected and often stunning works that celebrate the boundless potential of digital artistry. For a look at the top submissions, announced Monday, see this CNET News.com photo gallery. Winning works will also be displayed at the San Jose Museum of Art in Silicon Valley through February 8.