The end is nigh. The infected are lurking everywhere and chances of survival are slim. Left 4 Dead focuses on the story of 4 individuals and their harrowing battles against the hordes of the infected that roam the streets. What about other survivors? What would they look like and what kind of deformed monstrosities would they be up against?

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ModDB presents the winners of the Left 4 Dead concept art contest.

Posted by stenchy on Nov 17th, 2008

The release of Left 4 Dead is HERE, making zombie fans everywhere anxious and sweaty. As we ran this contest, we endeavored to get digital copies to the winners before the release date (which was formerly November 19th). However, due to Valve's speedier-than-expect delivery of the title (yippee!), winners probably won't be getting this news until a few hours after release. Sorry about that, we blame Valve — its all their fault. Although, I don't think any of the winners will deny it was totally worth it.

Judging this contest was no easy feat. The quality level across the bulk of entries was impressive. All of the judges were hard-pressed to vote for just one piece as their top choice. Over 70 entries qualified for entry and artists engaged in a healthy discussion over at the competition thread; providing critiques and comments for others submitting their works-in-progress. Alas, there can be only one grand prize winner. After all the votes had been tallied, here's how it all shook down:

Runner-up (tie - 2 copies of L4D on Steam each)

Spex84 with the 'Haggard'

Riot Infected
ChaoticKnight with 'Riot Infected'

Grand Prize Winner

Pastor Jakob aka P-Jay
KEEP_IT_UP! 's rendition of 'Pastor Jay'

The grand prize winner will take home a Steam copy of Left 4 Dead along with his choice of an Xbox 360 or a video card of equivalent value.

So there you have it, congratulations to all the winners (check your email, guys)! And also to all contestants (browse all the entries here), we had a blast running this and hope you learned a lot and enjoyed the process. All judges picked different entries (valve especially) so keep up the fine work because who knows what the future holds. Also to any future L4D modders out there, consider implementing these great ideas when you change the game.

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Cheque Nov 18 2008 says:

Wow, runner-up winner got screwed out of two copies of the game that were promised - but gj nonetheless

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CSargeP Nov 18 2008 replied:

What do you mean? The runner ups got 2 copies on steam each.

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INtense! Staff
INtense! Nov 18 2008 replied:

The original prize was 4 copies for the runner up, but because both finished with a 4 vote tie - they are splitting the prize.

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Wilhelm_III Nov 18 2008 says:

Wait, wasn't there supposed to be a vote? Congrats to the winners, somehow I knew Keept it up! would be taking first place! :O

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ChaoticKnight Nov 18 2008 says:

Holy cow! O_o Thanks Judges!!
Major Congratulations to Keep It Up! and Spex84!! Hope to see you guys in the game!
And seriously awesome job to everyone else who entered! I'm surprised I won anything :X
(Someone might have to explain to me how 2 copies works on steam though)

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RogerRamjet Nov 18 2008 says:

Nice work from all guys... and well deserved winner, the concept is awesome...

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solvalou Nov 18 2008 says:

Awesome work done by the winners. Grats to you guys!

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awesomepossum Nov 18 2008 says:

Congrats to the winners, Excellent work!

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CSargeP Nov 18 2008 says:

Congratulations artists. Those look awesome! Let's hope Valve uses them for updates.

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INtense! Staff
INtense! Nov 18 2008 says:

I cannot emphasize how hard it was to judge. 70+ entries, 5 judges and only 2 of us picked the same entry twice. We were blown away, hopefully we will see some L4D inspired mods bring these characters to life.

Oh and winners expect to hear from me in 24hours.

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blakojako Nov 18 2008 says:

Congratulations to winners! Yeah, I kinda knew Pastor Jay was gonna win. I felt immediately depressed after my all nighter, when I saw all the awesome work. hahaha Great job. Hope to see more of your work in the future.

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Spex84 Nov 18 2008 says:

Already posted in the comp discussion, but...
Thanks!Congratulations to Chaotic and KeepItUp, and respect to all those who entered. Excellent work from everyone--more than enough wicked ideas to create a sequel or 3...or maybe some mods? :D

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Pheike Nov 18 2008 says:

Congratulations to all the winners it was a excelent job. =D

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sutsko Nov 18 2008 says:

Oh mygod! Those designs are awesome! And if that priest ever made the full game.. I would never NOT play as him!

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INtense! Staff
INtense! Nov 18 2008 replied:

we are going to write up a feature showcasing these images, they deserve the limelight. Oh and be sure to browse the rest:

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KarlsonKracher Nov 18 2008 says:

Congrats to the winners!!
It was entertaining and thrilling!:)
...and a lot of fun!

See yàll!

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Kageh Nov 18 2008 says:

I did think P-Jay had a good chance when I saw the concept, even though there was some other seriously awesome images in the thread.

Anyway! Grats all round gents and I hope to see some more excellent work from you guys at some stage in the future.

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jacksonj04 Nov 18 2008 says:

Some amazing work in there, it's easy to see why voting was difficult!

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Ennui Nov 18 2008 says:

hell yeah, P-Jay was by far my top pick for winner, good stuff guys

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KEEP_IT_UP! Nov 18 2008 says:

thanks to the jury, valve, all members of the contest and thanks for all the praise! -
special congrats to spex84 and chaoticnight! you've got my admiration, really!
hard competition - so much really nice stuff - another concept could be first place just as well, believe me!

(you could find a more detailed "expression of thanks" in the forum ;))


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Sentaro Nov 18 2008 says:

Congrats to all of you. The winners did an amazing work, but I won't forget the rest of you, working during the night to be able to finish the work on time.

This was FUN. Let's do it again someday. XD

By the way : Could you tell us what concepts were voted?
I would like to see what kind of works were considered amongst the best. This way we would know how to focus our creations for other contests.

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BunnyJen Nov 18 2008 says:

Congrats well done everyone ^_^

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Brashen Nov 18 2008 says:

Hahaha noice I was pretty sure Keep at it's priest dude was going to win. The idea fit so nicely with the game. Congrats to the runner ups as well. Good job all.

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Hairwolf Nov 18 2008 says:

Well done KEEP,Chaotic and Spex!:D and, everyone else who took part, turned out to be a great contest and, as other people have said the standard has been fantastic (although i had a fair bit of confidence in P-JAY), well done guys and roll on the next.

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starf1sh Nov 18 2008 says:

Congrat's dudes, Well deserved for the tremendous effort put in. :)

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ekarnopp Nov 18 2008 says:

Gratz to the winners! I'm jealous. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next competition so I can get some more time for my next entry :)

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Noesis_Interactive Nov 18 2008 says:

Great job to everybody who entered and congratulations to the winners! Hopefully, Valve will release Left 4 Dead updates that incorporate new survivors and infected (they're releasing new weapons for TF2 so why not new characters for L4D?)

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OkeiDo Nov 18 2008 says:

*OkeiDo steals the Pastor Jay concept for ZPS*

Great work guys! Can't believe there's so much amazing talent out there that knows how to use it (drawing zombie related pictures).

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skimmary Nov 18 2008 says:

I liked most of the Enteries. I would have chosen the bleeder.
Also. you guys really insipred me.

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Dremth Nov 18 2008 says:

these were all straight from the bottle of pure awesome extract!

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sonicboy3060 Nov 18 2008 says:

Nice, can't wait to get this game :D

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musikreck Nov 18 2008 says:

lol, they're all good, but i think the priest guy is the best, LET THE POWER OF CHRIST IMPEL YOU! lol, to the zombies. curing the infection... one bullet at a time.

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Psycho_Sam Nov 18 2008 says:

Well done all, I followed the contest avidly and that P-Jay sketch by KEEP_IT_UP! was my favourite too! :D

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FJS Nov 19 2008 says:

And the Winner is... FATHER CALLAHAN!!!

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LJFHutch Nov 19 2008 says:

Wow! Nice work guys!

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lcpuche Nov 19 2008 says:

pastor kicks *** :D

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grantelicious Nov 23 2008 says:

The winner should be called Chicago Ted.

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KEEP_IT_UP! Nov 23 2008 says:

chicago ted should confess everything at the end to PASTOR JAY! ^^

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NinjaDuck Nov 23 2008 says:

I like Riot Infected (ChaoticNight)

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TheOneandOnly Nov 23 2008 says:

It's amazing, but is it just me or does P-Jay have very short legs?

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grantelicious Nov 23 2008 says:

No thats just his jacket covering his waistline.

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KEEP_IT_UP! Nov 23 2008 replied:

yep -
nice to hear that still some people don't let themself be fooled by that "optical delusion" and thx for the explanation ;)

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Joel8160 Jan 5 2009 says:

My god! P-Jay one! halleluja!! Praise the lord!!!

And by thy name of thy Lord, I demand that Valve shal unleash god's judgment on the horde's of undead and give us salvation!

And put Pastor Jakob into Left 4 Dead!

A very good quote for P-Jay would be: Ashes to Ashes, but not for thy undead.

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Stacho Mar 4 2009 says:

Pastor jay rox : )

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KEEP_IT_UP! Jul 9 2009 says:

something small i did today with the original loadingscreen of l4d2 ;)
one suit too much, for shure! hope you like ^^

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KEEP_IT_UP! Jul 9 2009 replied:

ups... thats the right link *sigh*:

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KEEP_IT_UP! Jul 10 2009 replied:

third time lucky! sry guys ^^

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