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In this Halloween not only trick-or-treat or attending costume party or carving jack-o- lanterns or bonfires or apple bobbling or playing pranks is enough. There is something more. The Google SketchUp team every year celebrates Halloween with great festivity. But this time they thought to do something different. They have arranged a SketchUp Halloween Challenge. This is especially for those who want to do something in this vacation. So we here deliver you some information about the Challenge thus you guys can also take part in this.

There are two categories of the challenge. The one is to model jack-o’-lantern or haunted house or both. But how to submit the entries? First of all you draw a model using SketchUp. Then you have to upload the model to the 3D Warehouse in a publicly downloadable mode. Upload between two or ten images of your model to a public photo sharing site like Picasaweb or Flicker or anything you like but keep in mind that the images are grouped into an album by themselves. The images should be at least 1000 pixels wide or tall, depending on their orientation. Then just fill up the Challenge Submission Form including the links to both your model on the 3D Warehouse and your album of online images.


On Friday, October 28th, a group of the Google SketchUp team will get together to review the entries. They will be looking mostly at the images the competitors submit; models will be examined when they are picking the top three entries in each category. For an idea of what they will be looking for, consider these points:

Displays of SketchUp expertise are always impressive.
Anything that makes them say (out loud) “How’d he/she DO that?!!” is worth extra points.
They don’t want to see anything they wouldn’t show their grandma or their kids.
Beverages will almost certainly be involved in the judging process.

Rules and Regulation:

The competitors can submit as many models they want but must fill up separate submission form from each entry.

The deadline of submitting the entries is 11:59 PST on Thursday, October 27th 2011.

You can also include photo render images of your model but you have to submit at least one unrendered image to see the work in purest SketchUp form.


Not only the challenge but also the prize of the challenge is also surprising. They will publish their favorite entries on the official Google SketchUp blog. The best three models from each of the two categories (pumpkins and houses) will be featured in the November edition of the SketchUpdate newsletter, which goes to millions of people around the world.

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