Lost Island Terraforming Contest : Now Complete!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Lost Island Terraforming Contest!
We received 60 entries!
Each and every one of you will find a custom contest token on your member profiles.

Stay tuned for the next contest!

Managed and Banner by: Indraft
Trophies by: Spectral

Introduction : Lost Island - Terraforming Contest

Traveling across uncharted seas of mystery, Steve is wandering aimlessly yet he feels somehow closer to his next destination. He charts his map as he goes for future adventures to follow. On the horizon, the terrain he's been looking for rises up through thick clouds. He's arrived!

The goal is simple: Create an island that one may stumble upon in their travels. It may be any size, shape, biome, or material, but it must be considered an island or isolated body of land. Your terrain may be surrounded by water, air, space, lava or other. Want to create a permafrost-ed tundra, a verdant spring or a floating deep space island? All are welcome in this solo contest, so show us what you got!

This contest is different from the other previous project contests that we have done. The idea is that you terraform an island to follow the goal and contest theme. Not sure what terraforming is? Scroll down below to the FAQ.

Contest Official Forum Thread

These rules may change between contests, so please be sure to read them carefully in case they are different from the previous ones! Failure to comply with these rules will result in the immediate disqualification of your submission and/or being banned from the contest entirely.

General Rules

  • You must create your submission relating to the contest topic and goal.
  • Your build must be original and not an old build or plagiarized build from somebody else. Remember, originality is key!
  • We are allowing the use of royalty free, public "packs" of organic structures specifically created for reuse in terraforming projects.
  • You must build alone! You are not allowed help from other players. Equally, alone means as a singular person and does not include single entities (build groups).
  • 50% or more of the screenshots must be unedited in-game shots (yes, this means no shaders or heavy photoshopping please!)
  • You must use the default texture pack. This is a build contest, not a texturing contest. Judges will also be reviewing your builds in the default texture pack.
  • Presentation is very important! Please be sure to add lots of screenshots (unedited shots are best), detail to your lore, give some description as to your building process and all in all just present your submission well.
  • 1 entry per user! "Update" your submission if you need to, but do remember that once the build period has ended, you won't be allowed to edit your submission any more.
  • You may not use any tools that produce an output for you. Building aides are allowed, but don't let a program do the main work for you (3D model converters, etc).
  • No mods! Must be vanilla Minecraft, 1.12 or below. Judges will also be judging the submission in vanilla Minecraft. Any foreign blocks will be discarded from the final judging.

Help & FAQ

What is terraforming?

Terraforming is the creation of a landscape or a terrain. You may use aids to do this, but it is not required. Examples of terraforming are as follows:

How to get started with Minecraft Terraforming?

To help you get started here is an excellent 11 part tutorial on Minecraft terraforming providing a series of blogs which cover understanding the basics of terraforming concepts to advanced terraforming techniques by member kette442.

There are many aids you may use in terraforming, some of these may be programs such as World Machine and WorldPainter or internal server plugins like VoxelSniper and WorldEdit. Each of these have their own functions and uses:

  1. World Machine: World Machine is an external program not relating to minecraft that can create landscapes using nodes and formulas. The program is not free, but there is a trial that allows you to create 512 by 512 block terrains. World Machine in itself is a bit advanced, but here's some tutorials by user Aerios that may help:
  2. WorldPainter: WorldPainter is a free height based program that was created for Minecraft usage. It allows you to create a terrain using custom brushes or in-program brushes already included. WorldPainter is a very simple program and there are many custom brushes and tutorials available on Planet Minecraft.
  3. VoxelSniper: VoxelSniper is an internal server plugin that was created for terraforming. It has many functions, such as overlaying a material onto a terrain, or creating a landscape. VoxelSniper is not height-based like World Machine or World Painter, so you have more freedom with what you create.
  4. WorldEdit: WorldEdit is an internal server plugin that is essentially a builder's best friend. Though not created for terraforming, it can be used for it. There are various functions of WorldEdit, such as replacing blocks, stacking a selection, copying and/or pasting a selection, etc. There are quite a number of tutorials on WorldEdit in Planet Minecraft, but here are some of the few:
Of course, there are other ways to create your landscape, such as through goBrush by Arcaniax, ZBrush, or by placing the blocks by hand. There is no required tool that you have to use.

Is there a height limit?


Is there a size limit?


Can I build on top of my terrain?

Yes, but the buildings on top of the terrain will be discarded from judging, as judging is based solely on the terrain. If you choose to build on top of your terrain, please provide screenshots or renders without the buildings so it may be judged accordingly.

Is there a starter map?


Do I have to use a program and/or plugin aid?



Entries will be judged by a panel of your PlanetMinecraft peers. We'll be assembling a team of individuals to judge; don't worry if there aren't any yet, they will be added soon! During the first phase, judges will be scouring builds, disqualifying entries that break the rules and diamonding posts that they like. Remember that judge diamonds are worth a lot! Once the build period is up, the contest will enter phase two.The second phase consists of 5 days of review; the judges will go over the entries and find any straggling rule breakers. Users will have time to diamond and view more of the entrants.The final phase involves the judges judging all of the finalists, which are calculated based on an aggregate score of activity and votes.You will be judged on the following aspects, on a 1-10 inclusive scale:
  • Concept & Originality: Fresh, new ideas and crazy concepts! Try to do something new, differentiate yourself from the status quo and show us what you're made of.
  • Technique & Execution: Color, shape, texture - be sure your build flows together and represents what you are trying to accomplish.
  • Presentation & Experience: Presentation of a build can really help to make an impression. Be sure you've got good screenshots, spend some time on the post!

All ready to enter? Great!

Step 1: Create a terrain, and have fun! You have three weeks to create. You are in no rush to post your map, and may post it any time before the posting period.

Step 2: Load the map in Minecraft, and have fun! You have three weeks to build. You are in no rush to post your map, and may post it any time before the posting period.

Step 3: When you're ready to post, head back to your Minecraft saves folder and zip the map folder. Windows users can right-click and Add To > New Compressed Archive; you may also use a third party program such as WinRAR or 7zip.

Step 4: Go to the Create New Project page on PlanetMinecraft and upload your map as normal! Be sure to take many screenshots to show off the interiors.


First Place
  • $50 Steam Credit; games will be gifted to your Steam account. Winner may choose more than one game but the total must be $50 or less. Must have a Steam account to claim prize, no substitutes.
  • A special gold, first place trophy in your profiles' trophy case
  • Profile featured on PMC for 1 week
Second Place
  • A special silver, second place trophy in your profiles' trophy case
  • Profile featured on PMC for 1 week
Third Place
  • A special bronze, third place trophy in your profiles' trophy case
  • Profile featured on PMC for 1 week
  • A special finalist medal in your profiles' trophy case
  • A special participant badge in your profiles' trophy case

Legal Terms

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