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Hey guys!

ARK NVIDIA Ansel Photography Contest


This weekly screenshot competition asks players to take in-game photographs from either ARK: Survival Evolved or our new desert themed expansion pack ARK: Scorched Earth using NVIDIA Ansel, and meet the category requirements listed below.

Winners will be announced during ARK’s regular “Community Crunch” blog post. Each winner (3) will receive $100 each. Want to enter? ARK-Ansel screenshot entries should be e-mailed to anselcontest@studiowildcard.com

If you need a place to upload a file for the contest, make use of Wetransfer which will allow up to 2gb for free! :)

Three Categories

  • Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.
  • Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display. Check out your 360 Stereo results on your HMD or on your Android Phone with NVIDIA VR Viewer 
  • Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

When entering the contest please include:

  • Image Title:
  • Category of Entry:
  • Name you wish to be titled as:

Ansel is a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose a shot from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. Learn more about these features in the Ansel Technology page and the NVIDIA blog.

How to run NVIDIA Ansel

First of all, you'll want to make sure you're running the latest Nvidia Geforce Drivers - so head over to http://www.geforce.com/ and get downloading!

Once setup and ready to go, right click ARK: Survival Evolved in your steam library and you'll see the option to Launch ARK with NVIDIA Ansel


Select this and head into a single player game, regardless of the map or the mod. Once you're in game, you can immediately press ALT + F2 to get into Ansel Photography mode and start taking snaps.


or you can type in the following command in the console:

cheat enablespectator

Once that is enabled, hit your DELETE key and it'll open the Depth of Field Options menu where you can play around with the games DOF.


Then hit ALT+F2 and take some awesome Ansel photography!

Here's a little tip from Jesse:


You can also type "enablespectator true" in the console to fly around before you take your shot, and hit the "Home" key to level your camera if you want to keep people from feeling sick on a 360 stereo VR screenshot. ;)


This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judge based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more! At the end of each week, the winners and runner ups will be featured in our #ARKitect section of the Community Crunch and will be awarded cash prizes! 

Note: We've had a lot of requests regarding the use of mods - go for it! We'd love to see how mods have influenced your bases



For Official server The Center players, we're giving away $500 to the first Xbox tribe to beat both bosses on an Official PVP server. 

Screenshot proof of the pause menu in the boss arena including server name, as well as the items received from defeating the bosses must be provided! You can upload your images to our forums, and write a comment down below with the screenshots. Good luck!


This contest will be open for all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children! So send us in your videos and we cannot wait to watch them! We're really interested in seeing the latest video creations you guys have put together - so show us something fresh!

Uploading the images

Please upload the images to the gallery section of our New Community Hub - you can create your own album and directly link us to that or attach it to your post! Please remember to post your entry to this thread specifically! If you're not able to upload directly to the gallery, don't sweat as imgur will work fine too!



Apologies for the delay in prizes being sent out, they will be taken care of and sent out as soon as possible, our accountant is having some trouble with PayPal at the moment. I may be in touch to try a different approach in sending out the prizes.

Thanks guys!

Looking forward to seeing the entries!

All the best,

Wildcard Jat

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large.30368894751_d8ee6b5823_b.jpgI just started playing around with Ansel this morning so i haven't gone beyond alt+F2 settings to mess around with DoF. Still turned out pretty good.


lets try this again... 





Wildcard... please... i beg of you... increase the allowed file size so the super resolution images aren't completely ruined.

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Two new dossiers.

Introducing Wraith, from Evolve!



And then...my newest collaboration! Dilophoraptor and I have teamed up once again to challenge dossiers by the likes of Megacerops, Carcharodontosaurus, and more! Introducing everybody's favorite Burning Blonde Brawler, Yangchuanosaurus xiaolongi!


If you could, Wildcard, please give my friend Dilophoraptor credit for this image in the crunch as well!

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11 hours ago, LameWolfProductions said:

Forgot a second one we had :P


Another quick sketch, this time revolving around Crazy Conor's Whimsical Lab, we he figures out a solution to the servers lack of players.



hey wolfie, you know I'm a big fan. Saw that The Gaming Bible FB group shared your adventures of Tim this week. Again great entries this week mate. 

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For this weeks contest I think it's time to visit the wild, wild west.


Trapped on Scorched Earth, Ranger 1 must survive long enough to complete his brilliant plan to get back home.

What could possibly go wrong?

We also answer the age old question "What does water siphoned from a Morellatops hump taste like?".



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