DEADLINE EXTENDED! Many artists have asked for more time to finish their entries so we have extended the deadline to 12 noon on Monday 15th June 2020

About the Lumen Prize

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology is a global competition that celebrates the very best art created with digital processes. Our annual juried competition draws entries from artists worldwide and has given away more than US$80,000 in prize money since its launch in 2012. The competition is run by Lumen Art Projects, a not-for-profit based in the UK, which provides opportunities for longlisted, shortlisted and winning Lumen artists through its links with cultural venues, festivals and museums globally.

The Judging

The judging of the Lumen Prize is done in two stages. The longlist is determined by our International Selectors Committee of curators, art specialists and academics. This longlist is then reviewed by an eminent Jury Panel, who select the finalists and winners.

2020 Jury Panel

Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator, Whitney Museum, New York City

Ben Vickers, CTO, the Serpentine Galleries, London

Foteini Aravani, Digital Curator, Museum of London

Melanie Lenz, Digital Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain

The Awards

The Lumen Prize has a total prize fund of $11,500 presented across nine award categories.

Gold Award – $4000

Moving Image Award – $1000

Still Image Award – $1000

3D/Interactive Award – $1000

XR Award – $1000

The BCS AI Award – $1000

The Global South Award – $1000

The Nordic Award – $1000

The Photomonitor Student Award – $500

There will also be the opportunity to be curated into our Directors Showcase at The Cello Factory, London from 28-31st October, 2020.

The Awards Programme

All longlisted and shortlisted artists are eligible to take part in a range of opportunities as part of our awards programme.

This programme includes an Awards Ceremony at the Barbican Centre for Performing Arts, London on 22 October 2020 followed by a networking event with Jack Addis, Director of Lumen Prize. The following day is an Artists’ Meet-up with Carla Rapoport, Lumen’s Founder and Executive Director and Artists Talks at IBM Southbank, London. There will also be the opportunity to be curated into our Directors Showcase in London in October.


Submission Process

Artists are required to submit the following:

  • The completed online entry form
  • A non-refundable application fee

With each work you upload you will be given three additional slots where you can upload up to three supporting images of the same work. Please make it clear when uploading whether it is a primary work or a supporting image.

From the submitted applications approximately 60 works will be selected for the Longlist.


Entry Fees

Due to the COVID-19 Virus and its impact on artists globally, Lumen has dropped its entry fee from US$48.00 for two works and US$24.00 for each additional work to $38.00 for two works and US$19 for each additional work. A not-for-profit organisation, Lumen receives no outside funding. All entry fees go directly towards the prizes and our Awards Programme. If you have already entered, please email to arrange your refund.

Please note that we have now reached the threshold for free student entries for 2020.  Students are still welcome to enter for all the main categories for the reduced entry fee of $38.00 for two works and US$19 for each additional work.

Key Dates

13.02.20Call for Entries Open
15.06.20Call for Entries Closes - Extended One Month due to COVID-19
08.20Longlist announced online
09.09.20Shortlist Announced at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, London
22.10.20Awards Ceremony at the Barbican Centre, London

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