For the first time ever, i.materialise will be handing out a Designer of the Year Award. "We're looking for the most inspirational designer, maker or hobbyist. Someone who is passionate about 3D printing, embraces the 3D printing revolution and carries out 3D printing in the very best way," Materialise wrote in their official announcement.

The competition is open to everyone who chooses to upload their design to i.materialise. They ask that you take the best photos you can and include images of the final printed piece if you have it. The contest is open through October and at that time a four person jury will select the top three designs. Those designs will be featured on the blog for the entire month of November and a winner will be chosen in December.

The jury is composed of the CEO of Materialise, Wilfried Vancraen, Autodesk's Maker Advocate Jesse Harrington, Eric Weinhoffer, product development engineer at MAKE and Alain Gilles, Designer of the Year 2012 at International Design Biennale in Belgium.

The three finalists get some pretty choice prizes. Second and third places win a subscription to MAKE magazine, the second edition of MAKE's Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing and a $65 i.materialise 3D printing voucher. First place gets a $265 i.materialise 3D printing voucher, an Instructables Pro account for a year, an Autodesk 123D Premium Membership for a year, a 1-year subscription to MAKE Magazine, MAKE's Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, and a 'Getting Started with Arduino' Kit.

If you'd like to learn more about the contest check out the official announcement at i.materialise.