The top three highest scorers in each of the 14 standard categories will receive a Crystal Brush trophy. Each trophy is made of cut lead crystal and tipped with the appropriate place color (gold, silver, or bronze).

The top three overall winners will each receive a cash prize of $10,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively. These are the most valuable awards in the miniature painting world today! Special awards are also presented by each year's main sponsors for categories of their own creation.

CoolMiniOrNot is the Internet’s largest gallery of painted miniatures, with over 100,000 submissions from all over the world. CoolMiniOrNot also publishes, manufactures and distributes several miniature brands under license. It is part of a hobby games industry that has grown into a global market of over 500 million dollars with tens of thousands of participants.

From simple models used in tabletop strategy and role-playing games, the painting of miniatures has developed into an art form. Painters from all over the globe render models ranging from large-scale dioramas to toy soldiers less than a centimeter in height. The hobby features a dizzying array of tools, techniques, and personalities. CoolMiniOrNot, along with its convention host, AdeptiCon, wants to make the Crystal Brush Competition a global arena for the world’s best miniature artists to display their talent.

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