Alias has confirmed that it will close its nominations for its 2005 Maya Masters awards on Friday March 18 - the end of the week.

Now in its fifth year, the Maya Masters programme recognizes computer graphics artists, "whose spirit and imagination reshape and redefine the boundaries of technology, art and visualization".

Just six Maya artists are chosen from among all those nominated each year. They will be announced and honoured at the Alias Global Users Association (AGUA) during the Siggraph tradeshow in Los Angeles on Sunday July 31, 2005.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:59 pm EST (that's 4.59am on Saturday March 19, UK time).

Submissions must include: The name of the person nominated and his/her contact information; A written overview (maximum 200 words) about what the individual does and what sets he/she apart from other talented artists in the industry; and a sample of the individual’s work .