This Year’s Finalists

By Carla Rapoport September 10, 2020

From 68 works in the longlist, our Jury Panel has done the tough job of narrowing the list down to 38 works for the 2020 Lumen Prize Shortlist which you can see here. These works now go forward to be judged for our main awards to be announced on 22 October.

The Photomonitor Student Award shortlist can be found at the end of the main Shortlist – don’t miss it.

This year’s shortlist represents Lumen’s most geographically diverse list of artists yet – we normally get works from 13 countries in the Shortlist – this year its 23 countries, including Haiti, Finland, Israel, Mexico and little Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. This is thanks in large part to our new Global South and Nordic Awards and the increased interest globally in art created with technology.

All these finalist are now eligible for the category award they are entered in – Still, Moving, 3D/Interactive, XR and A.I. – as well as the Gold Award. There are also 8 artists eligible for the Global South Award and 5 eligible for the Nordic Award. You can see their names by clicking here and here

People often think it takes teams of people to make art with technology, but of the 38 works in this year’s shortlist, 31 are by solo artists with the rest by collectives or studios. Also, art and tech is no longer a male-dominated sphere I’m happy to say –  and the split among the solo artists is almost even between men and women.

The Lumen Prize is run and owned by Lumen Art Projects, which curates events, exhibitions and commissions for partners around the world, drawing on its community of artists who have been longlisted, shortlisted or won Lumen awards.

In times like the ones we are facing now, I hope you’ll agree with me that it’s particularly important to continue to honour and build opportunities for artists. Where there is art, I believe, there is hope.


Look forward to sharing more details about our Awards Ceremony, which will be a live-streamed virtual event, on 22 October.

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