Call for Entry: The Lumen Prize 2021

Key Dates

15 February 2021

Call for Entries Opens

04 June 2021

Call for Entries Closes

30 June 2021

Longlist Announced

 The global prize for art & technology.

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology is open to artists from around the world. All artists selected for the longlist, shortlist as well as the award winners are eligible for opportunities with Lumen Art Projects, our parent company. Entries cost $38 for two works and $19 for each additional entry

Whats does the entry form ask me?

We ask two main questions:

Artwork description

Please provide your artistic concept, ideas or influences. Limit your description to approximately 250 words.

Artwork technical description

List the hardware and software you used, including anything originally-coded or designed by you. Please specify the physical dimensions, if applicable.

How should I present my work?

We ask for a primary image or video that best represents your work. Alongside this you are able to upload three supporting images. Videos should be hosted on Youtube or Vimeo

What does it cost?

It’s US$38.00 for two works, you can upload another two works for US$38.00. As not-for-profit organisation, Lumen receives no outside funding. All entry fees go directly towards the prizes and our global events.

What can I win?

This year’s prize fund is $11,500. Shortlisted artsits are also eligible for the Lumen Gold Award with a $4,000 cash prize and there is a free-to-enter Student Award with a cash prize of $500.

What kind of art is eligible?

All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. You do not need to be a digital artist or be able to design software to enter. To see which category to enter you can read the category descriptions here. If you have any questions regarding whether your work suits the Lumen Prize, please email

What kind of equipment or software can artists use?

Artists can use any equipment, there is no limit!

How does the judging work?

The judging of the Lumen Prize is done in two stages, to create a longlist and shortlist. The longlist is determined by our International Selectors Committee This longlist is reviewed by the Jury Panel, who select the finalists and winners of each category. By having these two rounds of judging we insure all entries submitted to the Lumen Prize are given the time to be evaluated fairly.

Who judges the top prizes?

The longlist will then be reviewed by our international Jury Panel which will select the finalists and top prize winners. This panel includes Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator, Whitney Museum, New York City, Ben Vickers, CTO, the Serpentine Galleries, London, Melanie Lenz, Digital Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum and Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain.