This award is to honor the overall achievement of a single created environment in a photoreal (i.e., live action) or animated Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Video Game project that best creates an illusion of setting for the story being told. Created environments are defined as either completely artificial environments, or the enhancement of an existing practical set or location through the addition of elements not present during photography. The environment may occur more than once in the project and under different conditions, but must be the same environment, created by the exact same team.

This category judges not only the techniques for creating the environment, but also their integration with any practical plate photography. Before & Afters must show the integration of the multiple elements used to create the environment. If the project is animated, then the environment should clearly match the style and complexity of the rest of the elements.

For practical purposes, an environment is a single setting within the story, and not, for example, multiple locations within an entire city or open environment in a video game.