Dedicated to virtual reality (VR), the annual Proto Awards are back for its third season, looking to celebrate the growing array of immersive content. Created by The Virtual Reality Foundation, the organiser has announced the seventeen submission categories along with the submission window.

Any VR studios or creators can enter the 2016 Proto Awards, with the submission process open from 10th July – 24th July 2016. Each entry requires a $50 USD fee, a complete VR experience along with 30 seconds of in-app footage. Mobile, PC and console titles must be available on Oculus Home, Google Play, App Store, PlayStation Network, or Steam. To accommodate for “installation” experiences, developers may showcase their submission at their offices for voters during pre-set windows.

Presenting the awards for a second year is graphics company AMD Radeon Technologies Group. “AMD believes the success of VR will be directly correlated to the quality of the experiences it can deliver,” said Roy Taylor, Senior Vice President for Alliances, AMD. “The Proto Awards is an essential event in the VR calendar to recognise and reward our brightest and best storytellers and creatives. We look forward to celebrating the very best.”

The 17 submission categories are:

Best Original Score

Best Live Action Experience

Best Narrative Experience

Best Sound Design

Best Social Experience

Best Gameplay

Best Educational Experience

Best Music Experience

Best Mobile Experience

Most Innovative

Best Interaction Design

Best Graphical User Interface

Best Student Experience

Best Art Direction

Best Independent Experience

Most Transportive Experience

Best Overall

After submissions have closed there’ll be a Board of Governors Voting from 15th – 29th August 2016, then a general membership voting from 5th – 15th September 2016. The awards gala date has yet to be announced.

VRFocus will bring you all the latest 2016 Proto Awards announcements as we get them.

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