This forum's going to be active for the next couple of months while the challenges are open, but will still be around even after submissions close, so lets get some intros going.
The games industry may be huge, but the dev community itself can feel surprisingly small. Between networking events, conferences, meetups and just moving around between studios, you'll meet a lot of the same people.
The people in here (and across all the challenges) are from universities across the UK and Europe, all studying and working in similar areas. You're all part of the same generation of the games industry & most of you are probably going to be bumping into each other in future. This time next year you could be working together, a few years on you could be recommending each other for new roles. Later down the line, you might even be running your own project & be looking for someone you know to join you on it...
Some simple intros to begin - who are you, where are you from & what made you decide to get into game art?
(We've also got a Grads In Games Discord for you here if you prefer, with all of the challenge groups together : https://discord.gg/7ppfTnT )