How to enter

How to enter

  • How do I enter?

    Registration for the 2017 competition is now closed. The 2018 Lumen Prize will open for entries in March 2018.

  • What does it cost?

    There is an administration fee of US$45 to enter. This covers 2 entries and each additional entry costs US$22.50. All entry fees go directly towards the prizes and global tour.

  • What are the prizes?

    All the prizes for 2017 can be found here. 

  • What art is eligible?

    All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. If you have any questions regarding whether your work suits The Lumen Prize please email

  • What if my work is site specific?

    It's still eligible for the tour - we can show a documentation video of your work, if selected, or use a model or scaled down version for the tour.

  • What kind of equipment can artists use?

    Artists can use any equipment, there is no limit. Traditional work can be part of the creative process, but we do not accept digitised versions of traditional work.

  • How does the global tour work?

    On 21 September, we will announce the winners of the 2017 Lumen Prize and exhibit a selection of the winning and shortlisted works in London's Hackney House. The Lumen Prize then curates shows, runs seminars and organises special events in cooperation with a wide range of venues around the world. To find out more click here. 

  • Who judges the top prizes?

    The Longlist will be reviewed by an eminent international jury panel - including Doug Dodds, senior curator of the V&A - who will select the top prize winners. The full list of our Jury Panel can be found here.

  • How does the judging work?

    All works are reviewed by our International Selectors' Committee, made up of art and technology specialists, including curators, writers and academics. This group selects the Lumen Longlist which opens for a public vote for the People's Choice Award. The Longlist then goes before our eminent Jury Panel, who select the exhibition and award winners. 

    You can view a full list of the 2017 ISC here

  • When do I find out if I've been selected for the Lumen Prize?

    A timeline is below, but please note that this is subject to change. 

    ▪ March 22 - June 1: Entries open          

    ▪ June: Judging begins                        

    ▪ July 11: Longlist announced

    ▪ August: Shortlist announced    

    ▪ September 21: Winners Announced