The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Winners are awarded the coveted Golden Nica statuette, prize money ranging up to € 10,000 per category and an opportunity to showcase their talents at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.
In 2018, Prix Ars Electronica calls for submissions in the following categories: Computer Animation, Interactive Art +, Digital Communities, u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD
The submission term of Prix Ars Electronica 2018 is over. The winners will be announced in June, 2018.

STARTS Prize 2018

On behalf of the European Commission, Ars Electronica in collaboration with BOZAR and Waag Society is issuing an open call for entries to a competition that will determine the third recipients of STARTS Prize, prestigious and—with two €20,000 prizes—highly endowed awards. Expressly encouraged are innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art.
A project may be entered to both the STARTS prize and a Prix Ars Electronica.


Congratulations to all winners of the Prix Ars Electronica 2017! A total of 3,677 entries from 106 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the world’s most time-honored media arts competition.

 The Prix Ars Electronica: A Brief Retrospective

The Prix Ars Electronica was launched in 1987 by Ars Electronica co-founder Hannes Leopoldseder. The categories at the outset were Computer Graphics, Computer Animation and Computer Music. In 1990, Interactive Art enhanced the array. A category especially for kids and young people was introduced in 1998. A prize for Digital Communities and [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant premiered in 2004, followed by Hybrid Art in 2007. The Prix Ars Electronica’s most recent innovations came in 2014 with the introduction of a Golden Nica honoring the Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, and the reconfiguration of two pairs of categories—Hybrid Art and Digital Musics & Sound Art; Interactive Art and Digital Communities—which now alternate in a biennial rhythm. The Prix’s highly diversified dramatis personae has included internationally renowned artists (Karlheinz Stockhausen, Roy Ascott, Lynn Hershman, Toshio Iwai / Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin), Oscar winners (John Lasseter, Chris Landreth) and creative young trailblazers (Graffiti Research Lab).

Prix Ars Electronica 2014 winnersPrix Ars Electronica Archive

About Prix Ars Electronica

The Prix Ars Electronica is staged jointly by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG in cooperation with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and Brucknerhaus Linz. The Golden Nica statuettes are presented to each year’s winners at the Ars Electronica Festival in early September. The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the world’s premier awards honoring creativity and innovativeness in the use of digital media.

Idea & Concept

Idea: Hannes Leopoldseder
Concept: Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker
Head of Department Festival Ars Electronica/Prix Ars Electronica: Martin Honzik
Head of Prix Ars Electronica: Emiko Ogawa
info.prixars@aec.at, 0043-732-7272-781