Some of the best artists working in video games, TV and film have taken part in a massive competition, judged by folks responsible for the look of series like Halo and Assassin’s Creed.

Called Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found, the competition was held over at industry site ArtStation, and featured almost 4000 entries from professionals and amateurs alike. The brief was to “go beyond imagining a bygone civilization, and bring it to life with a compelling narrative.”

The competition ran from March until May 8, and was split into two stages—Vis Dev & Production—so that artists across the working spectrum could take part.

The winners have now been announced, and as you’d expect given the field, the results are incredible. You’ll find some highlights below (including a winner we featured in its own Fine Art showcase), but you should really head over to ArtStation to see the complete range of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (and honourable mentions) across the categories.


To see the images in their native resolution, click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner.

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