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Internet Ray Tracing Competition

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Example image: Blobtree submitted by Nicolas P. Rougier to the IRTC "Still Image" competition June 2006, ranked eight.[1] (Povray sources released GPLed)

The Internet Ray Tracing Competition was one of the Internet's largest and most well-known digital 3D art competitions between 1996 and 2006. It ran recurring competition rounds of image and animation submissions from users, with an emphasis on artwork producing using raytracing, especially Povray.[2]


Started in 1996 the Internet Ray Tracing Competition was active continuously with competitions at least until 2006. It went on hiatus on January 31, 2007, but returned shortly in August 2009 with a newly designed website. Through May and June 2009, the new site ran a short round to test functionality, accepting submissions of any ray-traced images that the submitters produced themselves. The competition, operated by volunteers for 10 years, has ceased since.[3]


  1. results on
  2. 3D Freebies: A Guide to High Quality 3D Software Available via the Internet by Rosalee Wolfe DePaul University "Judging by the number of hits in the last year on the North American mirror of the POVRay home page (700,000), the package is quite popular. In addition to tutorials, extensive documentation and example scene files, the POVRay home page is the home of the Internet Ray Tracing Competition. Raytracing enthusiasts can submit images, view the work of others and vote." on ACM SIGGRAPH Vol.32 No.2 May 1998
  3. "The TWiT Netcast Network with Leo Laporte". 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2014-05-05.

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