Enter my Star Citizen screenshot contest for your chance at some great digital prizes!

   UPDATE: 2021-02-04   

THE CONTEST IS OVER… and here are the results

January’s screenshot contest “Shadows” closed with the most entries EVER for my Star Citizen screenshot contests… 267 total images! Check out the top three prize winners and the honorable mention below along with some comments from the judges. You can also see ALL the entries further down the page. Given how many people participated and how long this one took to judge, we’ll be skipping the month of February but have a fresh screenshot contest running for March. So check my site, sign up for my email list, and follow me on Twitter for updates!

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“The beauty and dangers of the Verse”  by angtom

A haunting image that is presented in muted colours and with the perfect illumination. A feeling well represented with the shadows inside the ship and the character adds to it. Perfect framing and perspective. A winner.ArieNeo
This was my favorite shot from the get go. The framing both with the shot and in the shot, through the use of debris is phenomenal. The character’s pose tells a story of unexpected disaster, and the beautiful colored moon in the distance provides a sense of scale and weight. This looks like a scene from The Expanse.SpaceTomato
I like almost everything about this shot. The light flooding in from a source not shown (star), the heavy framing on the right with the dark interior wall, the darker bars in the foreground, the horizon in the distance giving immense depth while also giving shape to the body in the center of the frame… and all telling a story. Fantastic!Hasgaha


“It will be done my Lord”  by Stormtrooper

Dramatic, clean and dark. The lighting provides an incredible shadow on the character’s pose that helps represent submission/obedience perfectly. If another character’s shadow could be added standing to hint the presence of a master it would have been spot on.ArieNeo
This is about as high contrast as you can get. The seemingly inky black wall surrounding the subject leaves me feeling uneasy, and the scene the focused light creates hints at something rather dark, some may consider it to be…..unnatural. What I would love to see, is more of the scene, if the camera were pulled back to expose how the darkness surrounds this light, I think there may be a stronger sense of dread.SpaceTomato
The stark contrast between light and dark are a great representation of the theme. The pose and reference to Star Wars are appreciated. My biggest complaint is that seemingly random square of light on the right side of the image. Otherwise, a wonderful shot.Hasgaha


“Homecoming”  by Junah_A41

Well balanced with a great composition. Timing is critical for this shot. The ship flying in the horizon with the sun gives us a little story even. A very appropriate way to resemble a shadow. Those particles near the viewer don’t add anything but those near the sun provide movement which is very appreciated.ArieNeo
Immediately, the detail in the Gladius jumps out at me here. While sunset screenshots are about as common as 30ks, the detail in this shot works great with the gradient of colors and wispy clouds. Though I would opt for no dirt in the air, a product of the location, and I would also want to see the ground to provide more sense of scale with the trees.SpaceTomato
I often say sunsets are overdone and good ones really need to stand out… and this one does. The varying tones of the silhouettes of the mountains, Gladius, and trees help give a sense of depth to the scene. It’s almost impossible to hide the sharp polygon shape of the sun when using a long focal length, so I can’t hold that against this shot. The dust/debris is distracting but really hard to avoid.Hasgaha


“Each strength contains in itself a weakness”  by Loonly

Excellent pose in front of a good light source with shadows casted over the character providing a sensation of self-reflection, solitude and even darkness. Not sure of the choice in lack of colour and I would like to see this one in slightly muted tones.ArieNeo
Another shot that really nailed the contrast of light and dark, and with the pose, this shot tells a strong story much like 1st place does. However, for a shot that depends on that story, I would love to see more cues. Facial expression could be exaggerated, and clothing or additional items could be used to hint at our subjects’ weaknesses.SpaceTomato
There’s a great story and emotion here in the use of light and shadow. My only complaint is with the lack of expression in the face. A subtle use of FOIP could have boosted this for me. I assume that a blank stare forward was intentionally but it’s too close to the default dead stare for me.Hasgaha

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!! I’ll be contacting them shortly. And thanks to all who participated as well as my fellow judges on this contest; ArieNeo & SpaceTomato.

Make sure you look through ALL the submissions below:

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My last Star Citizen screenshot contest ended back in November and I decided to skip the month of December to focus time on family, the holidays, and work-related projects.

November's contest received many great screenshots showcasing the "Close-Up" theme. Congratulations again to MAXPER, SpaceGamerUK, and Caliber1000 for taking home the prizes and to sanji_sama for the Honorable Mention. If you want to see the results from November's contest, go here. This month's contest will work the exact same way... except with new prizes, a new theme ("Shadows"), and new guest judges.

To make up for skipping December AND to help start the 2021 screenshot contests off with a BANG, Cloud Imperium Games has generously supplied me with a HUGE prize pool for this contest. So, check out the prizes, read through the rules, fawn over our guest judges and submit your winning shots!




One C2 Hercules Game Package

  • Star Citizen in-game vehicle
  • Star Citizen game package
  • Lifetime Insurance
  • Provided by CIG


One Mercury Star Runner Game Package

  • Star Citizen in-game vehicle
  • Star Citizen game package
  • Lifetime Insurance
  • Provided by CIG


One Aegis Sabre Game Package

  • Star Citizen in-game vehicle
  • Star Citizen game package
  • Lifetime Insurance
  • Provided by CIG




Capture an in-game screenshot that creatively represents the theme… literally, figuratively, artistically, etc.

CONTEST ENDS: January 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST   (Jan. 26, 2021 at 05:59 UTC)
  • No purchase necessary.
  • You must be over the age of 13.
  • Entries must be uploaded through this page's submission form by the "CONTEST ENDS" date and time above.
  • A username and valid email address are required during the screenshot submission process.
  • Only in-game screenshots from Star Citizen will be accepted.
  • Entries must be your own screenshot.
  • Screenshots must fit the theme of the week, as stated in this post.
  • Screenshots may be in any aspect ratio (native or cropped) BUT must have a resolution of AT LEAST 1920px x 1080px at 72 ppi (pixels per inch).
  • Screenshots must be in any of the following file formats: JPG, PNG.
  • Each person is allowed to enter up to THREE (3) different screenshots (three separate submissions).
  • Only ONE (1) screenshot from each participant is eligible to win.
  • MINIMAL post-processing effects/edits to tweak the screenshot are allowed (levels, curves, contrast, downsampling, sharpening, DOF, cropping, rotation, color correction, black/white, etc). Working in image editors (like GIMP and Photoshop) and real-time post-processors like ReShade IS ALLOWED. Extensive edits that significantly change the image are NOT allowed; adding ship, removing a person, combining images, and things of that nature are NOT allowed (we play a lot, we know what the game looks like).
  • Multiple people may help you achieve your screenshot in-game but only ONE (1) prize will awarded to the SUBMITTER for each winning entry.
  • Judges for this current contest are NOT allowed to enter.
  • Prize sponsors for this current contest are NOT allowed to enter.
  • Prize winners from the MOST RECENT contest (November 2020) are NOT allowed to enter. Entries that receive "Honorable Mention" are NOT prize winners and are allowed to enter.
  • By submitting an image/screenshot to this contest, you give us the right to display & share your image with credit to you, the creator, on this website (https://hasgaha.com) as well as our associated social networking accounts for the use of promoting this and future contests.
  • Your entry may be disqualified if it is deemed to not follow these rules.

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On the CONTEST ENDS date listed above, submissions will stop and our esteemed judges will start the process of meticulously looking through ALL the entries. Entries will be judged on the following:

  • Interpretation & execution of the THEME:
    How well does your screenshot capture and/or convey the theme of the contest.
  • Composition:
    The arrangement of the elements within the photo should be pleasing to the eye. How well did you use the available space within the frame? Does the placement of the elements and position of the camera suit the idea or theme of the image?
  • Creativity:
    Does your image convey the idea or theme in an original and imaginative way? Does the image hint at a deeper story or was it captured in an unconventional way?

Judging will be done privately and on an individual basis by the selected judges. This is NOT done in committee or with discussion among other judges. Judge votes are theirs alone and theirs to be given as they see fit. All votes from the judges will remain anonymous and will never be disclosed to the public. While voting, judges will only see the images and image titles. They will not see usernames attached to entries nor how many votes from other judges an entry might have. 

Judging, unless otherwise specified, will occur in multiple rounds. Entries with the lowest votes will be removed and NOT proceed to subsequent rounds. The number of rounds could vary for each contest based on how many entries are received.

Things to consider that won't hurt your chances, but are NOT required:

  • As high a resolution image as you can take. 1920 x 1080 is the bare minimum... go higher if you can.
  • The highest image quality (as little compression) as possible. Remember, while JPGs are easy, they are a LOSSY compressed format and are a degraded form of what you saw in game. Lossless PNG is recommended.
  • Submitting older screenshots from previous versions of the game IS allowed if they match the theme and meet the requirements. However, the game's graphics, textures, lighting, shadows, etc are constantly being improved and older screenshots might have a hard time competing with current screenshots.

ESTEEMED JUDGES for this contest:

ArieNeo ArieNeo

A dedicated Twitch streamer for Star Citizen and content creator for the Spanish Community, also regularly hosting the Skainet Podcast. He is a frustrated oral surgeon who failed to become the ultimate space-man but is fully involved with the Star Citizen community.

You can find ArieNeo at:

SpaceTomato SpaceTomato

Video Game Content Creator / Virtual Photographer / Virtual Cinematographer / Juicy :tomato:
Said to have a rather enticing voice, so text won't help me here. Find my alternate Cyberpunk personality @PhotoMode2077 on Twitter.

You can find SpaceTomato at:

Hasgaha and me, Hasgaha


Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) Cloud Imperium Games

Led by Chris Roberts, Cloud Imperium Games is developing Star Citizen, the world's largest crowd-funded video game with more than 2 million participants.

All prizes for this month’s contest have been generously supplied by CIG (Cloud Imperium Games). This is a big help in maintaining the frequency of this contest and the size of the prize pool.

You can find CIG at:

There is no promise or guarantee with how often CIG will be able to supply the prizes. I still expect to rely on funding from my incredibly generous supporters on Patreon and prize donations from others. The support from both past and present Patreon supporters, always surprises and amazes me. They help make things like this possible.

Current supporters on Patreon:

  • Captain Richard
  • Daniel Danielsen
  • Hardroc77
  • HotTarBurn
  • Jeremy Yu
  • Jonathan Kleissler
  • Karolinger

  • Lovable BlueFox
  • Narayan
  • Nathan Chow
  • Relay
  • Renegade Shank
  • SeaFox2
  • Whitesnake

If you want to learn more or are interested in supporting me, check out my PATREON page.

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  • Prizes are non-negotiable.
  • If a prize as-listed becomes unavailable, one or a combo of Star Citizen digital pledge items of comparable value will be issued at as close to the original prize value as possible.
  • Winners have 14 days to claim digital prizes from the initiation of the gifting process. Unclaimed prizes will be considered forfeit and used in future contests or giveaways.
  • This contest is hosted and run by me. It is not an official CIG (Cloud Imperium Games) or RSI (Roberts Space Industries) contest and is not associated with them in anyway.
  • All game content and materials are copyright Cloud Imperium Rights LLC and Cloud Imperium Rights Ltd.. Star Citizen®, Squadron 42®, Roberts Space Industries®, and Cloud Imperium® are registered trademarks of Cloud Imperium Rights LLC. All rights reserved.