I’m proud to present to you the Sponsors of Architectural Visualization Challenge III – CityLIFE. I would like to thank all of them for kindly joining in and donating prizes that value at near 40,000$ in total! Information about all the prizes can be found on the CityLIFE prizes page.

Sponsor: Procedural

CityEngine Pro

Procedural Inc. is an innovative software company located in Zurich, Switzerland, and is the creator of the world’s foremost procedural urban modeling technology. With CityEngine, Procedural Inc.’s has developed a radically different 3D application that allows professional users in urban planning, architecture, GIS and entertainment to efficiently create smart 3D cities.

Sponsor: KA-RA

Twinmotion 2

Twinmotion®2 software is a 100% real-time 3D studio designed to meet the specific needs of architectural and town planning practitioners, generally for complex or large-scale projects. Twinmotion®2 software enables the creation and manipulation of architectural environments through an intuitive interface, combining design and visualization in the same workflow. Twinmotion®2 software delivers an immediate realistic display of your project, creates in minutes renders and videos and even interactive 3D visits.

Sponsor: DesignConnected

Credits for 3D Models

At Designconnected we are all about delivering the best quality 3d digital content for the interior design professionals.
It’s a shame that we can now offer only 2700+ ready-to-rock 3d models from 440 manufacturers and 815 designers but we really have just started and
it’s such a fun…

Sponsor: Chaosgroup

V-Ray for 3dsmax/maya
V-Ray for Rhino
V-Ray for SketchUP

Chaos Group provides state of the art rendering solutions for architectural, VFX, film, media and entertainment, automotive design, television and other industries.Chaos Group portfolio includes the following outstanding products: V-Ray for 3ds Max, V-Ray for Maya, V-Ray for Rhino, V-Ray for SketchUp, Phoenix FD – the simulator for fire and smoke, and Pdplayer – the production oriented image sequence player and viewer for the CG industry.

Sponsor: VBvisual

VB Exterior 3D Plants
VB Cut Out Plants
VB Textures

VBvisual is a software company located in Düsseldorf. 10 years ago we started developing 3d trees and other plants. coming out of an architectural group, we can work in our developement with our experience from these roots. We offer high quality 3d plants and textures for visualizations and layouts. The 3d objects are high quality, but have a very small number of polygons. Our newest product is a collection of more than 2000 high quality cut-outs of hi-res plant photographs.

Sponsor: E-On Software

Vue 9.5 xStream
Carbon Scatter

Founded in 1997, e-on software was established to develop and promote the highest quality graphics tools with professional strength features, specializing in the natural world. Established by graphics enthusiasts for graphics enthusiasts, e-on software translates its passion for art into tools for the graphics community. E-on software has offices in Beaverton, Oregon and Paris, France. The company has achieved worldwide reputation for its award-winning 3D scenery generator Vue, and its Ozone, Carbon Scatter and LumenRT suite of plugins.

Sponsor: RenderNation

Credits on RenderNation Farm

Render Nation was founded by James Mooney in 2005 and was quickly joined by Daniel Thomason in 2006, to offer a commercial remote rendering service. Since this time we have grown to be one of the largest remote renderfarms in Europe and the world.
Our mission has always been to deliver the highest quality service at a cost lower than our competition. The key to ensuring this is our hands-on personal approach to managing our customers projects and our commitment to meeting their deadlines.

Sponsor: RenderStream

RenderStream was founded in 2008 with a specific goal to provide the computer graphics and scientific computing industries cost effective, high end hardware solutions. We pride ourselves on going beyond simply selling boxes. We make every effort to truly understand the computational demands of our customers in order to ensure the right solution is delivered.

RenderStream SLI2600K Desktop Specs:

Processor: 4-core 3.40 GHz i7-2600K
Video: GTX 580 with 3 GB DDR5 memory
Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz DDR3
Storage: 1.5 TB 6.0 Gb/s SATA III with 20 GB SSD (SLC) Cache
Chassis: Tower with 750 W power supply

Sponsor: CGAxis

CGAxis Collections

Main goal of as a on-line 3D models store is to deliver high quality, photorealistic 3D models & textures for 3D visualisations, animations, games and more. CGAXIS help you to save time and instantly incrase quality of your work. All content available on is instantly available (24/7) to download into your computer. All files are also available in various formats.

Sponsor: ExLevel

GrowFX 1.7.0

GrowFX is a system of modeling and animating plants for Autodesk 3ds Max.
Now you can recreate digitally a lifelike 3D model of any plant, from grass and trees to woodland. GrowFX lets you create broadleaf trees, conifers, palm trees, flowers, ivy and many other vegetational compositions. Its unique model building tools will help you create creeping plants, entwining scene objects, and shearing plants of any shape. Plants may bend around different objects. GrowFX is fully compatible with 3ds Max. All parameters can be animated. You can, for example, create a wind animation, plant growth animation and other kinds of animation you can imagine. There is also an opportunity to edit the parameters using MAXScript.

Sponsor: LAUBlab

V-Ray for C4D plugin

VRAYforC4D is the Cinema4D native incarnation of this great engine. It enables you to use V-Ray directly within Cinema4D using the typical C4D like workflow. V-Ray is the de-facto standard in architecture & design visualization, car rendering, TV commercials, and many more areas, like in recent Hollywood Movies like 3D Blockbuster AVATAR. Its good, its fast, its stable!

Sponsor: XFrog Inc.

XFrog Mega Bundle

Xfrog Software and XfrogPlants have been developed over the past 15 years. The original Xfrog technical paper, defining the first methodology for building and animating organic forms, was published in 1996 and can be found in the Research section of this website.
The concept behind Xfrog is to give the user, powerful building blocks of Nature as modeling tools. Rather than draw, loft, extrude, revolve, the user procedurally defines organic forms using sliders.
XfrogPlants, are 30 libraries of popular plants, (2000+ plant models), and are built by botanical experts who gather real leaves and bark and painstakingly match photographic references to derive 3-9 variations of each Species of plants that they model.
The XfrogPlants are in all popular 3d formats and available as individual models, libraries, and bundles of libraries in our online shop.

Sponsor: Next Limit

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render is acclaimed as a landmark in next generation rendering technology, having produced the best quality images to date, and continues to be the leader in unbiased rendering for photorealistic imagery and advanced lighting, especially in architecture, interior design, product design, and film/animation production.

Sponsor: model+model

model+model volumes

model+model is a 3d model provider. They have a very stylish website where you can buy single items and collections. Their 4th Volume, Architectural Lights, was recently published and it is up for grabs here among the previous three too.

Sponsor: iToo Software

Forest Pack Pro

Forest Pack is a plugin for 3d Studio Max, designed to give a complete solution for creation of vast surfaces of trees, grass and plants. Forest enables you to combine billboards, high poly meshes and proxies, and using Mental Ray and V-Ray native shaders, create scenes with virtually unlimited number of objects and polygons.
Some of its features are: camera clipping, tint maps, clusters, tree editor, falloff curves, animation support, integrated library browser and much more. Working as an advanced scattering tool, Forest can be used not only for plants, but for any scene that include vast distributions of objects as: rocks, buildings or crowds.
Forest Lite, the free version of the plugin can be used for any personal or commercial project. Download it now and take advantage on the challenge!

Sponsor: Wacom

Intous 4

For working professionals and serious creatives alike, Intuos4 represents the finest pen tablet experience ever created by Wacom. And the advantages are many. The Intuos4 speeds production time for photo editing, design and art creation. The latest pen tip sensor technology and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity allow you to capture subtle nuances of pressure, so you can dynamically adjust exposure, brush size, opacity and more with astounding accuracy. Available in four sizes, plus a medium-sized Bluetooth® Wireless model, you can choose the professional pen tablet that is right for you, depending on your screen size, brush stroke style, and desktop space.

Sponsor: Solid Iris

Thea Render

Thea Render is now available, after 2 years of intense research and development, as a unique rendering solution containing both biased and unbiased state-of-the-art engines and a rich feature set. Thea materials are truly physically-based, with a breakthrough layer system that supports multiple coatings/stacks/substrates, delivering all visual cues and highest realism.
Due to its advanced light simulation framework, Thea can accurately solve hard problems, such as unbiased sun-pool caustics, participating media and sub-surface scattering without resorting to tricks.
Thea Render is a versatile standalone solution for 3d rendering, animation and architectural design, product visualization and illumination analysis. It comes with a highly aesthetic all-in-one studio, integrated material editor, real-time viewer and advanced tools such as interactive render and instancing brush. Plugins are available for various modeling applications.

Sponsor: Motiva


Motiva is a small spanish company that makes 3D content and 3D related software for 4 different markets: architecture, civil works, advertising and simulation. Motiva works were nominated in the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Architectural 3D Awards.
Motiva COLIMO is a GPU based realtime post production tool that allows the changing of materials and lights over pre-rendered images, taking in account physical accurate reflections, refractions and GI bleeding.

Sponsor: ArtVPS

ShaderLight for SketchUP

Shaderlight is an interactive render plug-in for Google SketchUp that enables both experts & 3D novices to transform a SketchUp model in to a photorealistic render. The simple to use yet powerful technology behind Shaderlight is transforming 3D visualisation workflows in a wide range of industries from architecture and interior design to wood-working.

Shaderlight for SketchUp v2 is $299 but can be downloaded free for 14 days from

Sponsor: VizPeople

VizPeople Collections

VizPeople is a provider of high quality people photos for architectural visualizations and other graphic design works. Their stock photo collections come with precise alpha maps and ambient shadows that allows precise composition in graphic project. On their website you will also find some attractive free stuff and tutorials.