What makes us human? A UWA 3D challenge with a L$268K prize pool

What Makes-1The University of Western Australia has launched its latest art challenge, with a total prize pool of L$268,750 on offer to prize winners.

The challenge is open to everyone, not just artists, and the challenge is to create a model, animation or simulation which reflects what make makes us human at the cellular, organ or system level.

Sponsored by the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology as well as the School of Physics at UWA, the challenge seeks to encourage entrants to create fairly accurate or representative creations or models that can be used for teaching, with the overall aim of enabling others to learn anatomical, histological, developmental and/or physiological concepts about the human body from the submitted work.

The UWA blog post announcing the challenge offers-up a few suggestions entrants might consider:

Histology (convey the microscopic structure of human tissues)

  • Nervous System: What are the various representations of different types of neurons?
  • Muscular System: Examine structural differences and/or similarities between skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle cells.

Anatomy (convey the gross structure of human body parts) & Histology

  • Embryology & Foetology: What are various stages of embryonic and foetal development?
  • Perhaps look at the transformation from embryo to foetus.


  • Skeletal System: What are the components of the human skeleton?
  • Present the anatomy of various types of joints.

Physiology (convey the processes that enable the human body and its components to function):

  • Nervous System: What are some of the neural pathways that enable us to perform day-to-day cognitive and motor functions?
  • Circulatory System: How does blood circulate through our body to meet the metabolic needs and maintain the normal function of cells/organs/and bodily systems.

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Circulatory System: How does the heart operate, and what are its different chambers and valves?

Histology, anatomy, and physiology are disciplines that go hand in hand. It is only natural that entrants may construct submissions that draw on more than one of these disciplines in order to facilitate the learning of concepts. Entrants are also encouraged to “think outside the box”, and portray/convey such aspects as the difference between normal features and functioning, and the abnormal or dysfunctional.

Other topics seen as relevant to the challenge include representations of anatomy, physiology and histology pertaining to the following systems: digestive, endocrine, exocrine, immune, lymphatic, reproductive, respiratory, urinary, and visual.

What Makes-2Prizes

There are five main prizes and three special prizes:

  • 1st prize: L$81,250
  • 2nd prize: L$62,500
  • 3rd prize: L$37,500
  • 4th prize: L$18,750
  • 5th prize: L$12,500

The three special prizes are for L$18,750 each, and will be awarded under the headings of Anatomy, Histology and Physiology Special Prizes.

How to Enter

Entries are being accepted from now through until 28th February 28th, 2014.

  • Entries should have no more than 300 prims
  • Mod / Copy entries are preferred to allow models to be displayed in temp rezzers
  • Entries must be accompanied by a Creator’s Notecard form (available from the contest entry receiver (see below), or by a note card bearing the title of the entry, a short description and the name of the creator. This may optionally include a brief biography and RL location information
  • Models  must be deposited in the contest entry receiver at the UWA Gallery – hold the CTRL key and drag the model from inventory onto the receiver’s billboard prim, which will turn red. Release the mouse button to deliver your item. Repeat for the accompanying note card.

If any problems are experienced with the receiver, please pass your model and note card to either FreeWee Ling (UWA Curator of Arts) or Jayjay Zifanwe (Jay Jay Jegathesan: UWA in Second Life Founder & Lead).

For all rules associated with the challenge and details on the judging panel and additional information, please refer to the UWA blog post.

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