Digital Art Design Contest: Level Up Our World


In collaboration with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Asia (APRU), we challenge students of the Asia Pacific Rim to showcase their digital art skills to influence the gaming industry. Students are invited to design a cast of characters and/or game bosses for their original game idea which reflect students’ vision to shape an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive world.

With 2.7 billion people playing games globally, the gaming sector has the potential to cut across geography, demography and generations for the good of society. Recent gaming trends have introduced new and diverse characters in the gameplay and we encourage students, as the future leaders of the industry, to create endless possibilities to level up our world.

Contest Submission Deadline: August 22 at 12noon (Hong Kong Time)

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  • 1st Place: USD $500, Trophy, Moon Lab Personalized NFT, 1-year digital subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
  • 2nd Place: USD $350
  • 3rd Place: USD $250

All shortlisted entries will be featured on the APRU social media platforms and website. Live audience at the APRU Metagame Conference will vote on the winning entries on August 27th (register now).

All students from HKUST are welcome but the artist must be a current student with a student ID as of September 1, 2022.


Submission Requirements

  • Each piece must be accompanied with a short description about their characters’ personas, such as: name, strengths, weaknesses, personalities, hobbies, and living environment.
  • All entries must follow the contest goal to shape a just, sustainable and inclusive world.
  • Only original artwork accepted.
  • All artwork submitted must be digital paintings created with illustration software. There is no limitation regarding the software used to create the artworks.
  • The contest is open to 2D and 3D artists (3D renderings are allowed).
  • Each participant can submit one piece.
  • File size must not exceed 16MBs.
  • Only png and jpeg image file formats will be accepted.
  • The participant MUST have a full copyright of their submitted work.
  • Traditional art, photography, photo manipulations, collages and animation are NOT accepted.
  • Submissions containing filtered photos, photo manipulations, collages or animation are NOT accepted.


Evaluation Criteria

A panel of judges will select a shortlist of entries for voting during the APRU MetaGame Conference on August 27, 2022 (HKT). Winners will be chosen with 60% judges score and 40% from audience votes.

Criteria include:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Relevance to the contest theme
  • Technique


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