Are you a lighting master? Enter our new Unreal Challenge today!

Could your next lightbulb moment put a spotlight on your career? Take part in our new Better Light Than Never Unreal challenge to find out! 

Open to creatives worldwide and featuring three finalist spots reserved just for students, the competition is the perfect way to explore how Lumen’s dynamic lighting can take your scenes to the next level.
For a chance to win, all you have to do is submit a short video that shows off your Unreal Engine lighting skills. There are cash prizes up for grabs, as well as the chance to impress industry heavy-hitters by getting your work in an Unreal Engine sizzle reel.

Ready to get started? Learn about the challenge below.

The Challenge

Starting now, you have four weeks to create a video entry inspired by the theme, Better Light Than Never, which must be submitted by June 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 cash plus prizes from KitBash3D, Sketchfab, and fancy swag; first- and second-place runner ups will also receive prizes.

We want to level the playing field for new developers, so we’re splitting up the event into two groups. The Unreal Challenge will award individuals overall, and specifically recognize outstanding students or new developers.


To enter the competition, you need to create a video that highlights the challenge theme, Better Light Than Never. Your video must be:
  • Posted in the Unreal Challenge: Better Light Than Never forum category
  • Between 10 and 30 seconds long, a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • Created using Unreal Engine, without any additional software or post-production tools
  • Kind to other creators. You may use premade assets, but credit your sources

Getting Started

On Thursday, May 26 at 2 PM EDT, Senior Lighting/Lookdev Artist Pasquale Scionti and VFX Artist William Faucher will join us for Inside Unreal to kick off the festivities! In addition to answering your questions about the Unreal Challenge and lighting best practices, we’ll have a practical demonstration to help you get the lights on.

Visit the Inside Unreal announcement for complete episode details.


Please read the official rules for complete details, including a complete list of submission guidelines, prizing, and more.

The rules for this challenge are also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish (EU) (LATAM), and Turkish.

    Ready to submit an entry?

     See how to get started on our forum topic about the competition.