The Lunar Initiatives


The Lunar Initiatives Flash Art Competition

Calling all writers and 2D artists! Submit your lunar artwork in the Lunar Initiatives 90 day Flash Art competition

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Calling all writers and 2D artists! Submit your lunar artwork in the Lunar Initiatives 90 day Flash Art Competition.

The Problem

Before a problem can be solved it must be imagined. Art leads science and technology; our art competitions and promotions will dare artists to dream the impossible so we can create it.

Lunar and space exploration is typically the domain of scientists, engineers, space entrepreneurs, etc. But we think more people need to be involved! The Lunar Initiatives Flash Art Competition encourages anyone, from any background, to participate in this writing and 2D art contest which focuses on lunar and space exploration. Our goal is to encourage interest and creative participation in lunar and space exploration.

The Challenge Breakthrough

Draw attention to the field of lunar and space exploration through a series of art challenges.

How to Win the Challenge

Submit your original writing or 2D  graphic art entry focusing on space exploration in the Lunar Initiatives Flash Art Competition. First, second, and third place monetary prizes will be awarded in each category.


This three month flash art competition will start on September 1, 2015 and end at 5 PM EST on November 30, 2015. Prizes will be awarded on December 15, 2015.

Make a Difference

  • Click “Watch the Challenge" above to be notified of any status updates to the challenge.
  • Click "Submit Entry" above to register for the challenge. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the challenge when it opens.
  • Click on the "Share" button or social media icons above to share this challenge with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.
  • Leave a comment in our Comments Thread to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.

Additional rules

Who can participate:
The Challenge is open to anyone.  To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the Challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement. Individuals under 18 years of age must enclose an agreement signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Contest guidelines:

Multiple Entries
Artists may submit multiple entries in one or both artwork categories, but each item must be submitted separately with a complete set of entry information included.

Electronic Submission
Artists must submit all artwork electronically;even visual art is entered as a digital image (such as a photograph) of the original artwork. Please make sure that an artist’s name is NOT visible on the electronic version of the submitted art but IS clearly stated on the entry form as all entries go through a blind review process.

Artwork can be disqualified for many reasons, including falsifying information on the submission form, plagiarism or the use of copyrighted material without permission.
If an artwork is disqualified, the artist will receive notification regarding his/her disqualification.

Art categories:

There are two art categories in the Lunar Initiatives Flash Art Competition:  2D Visual Art and Literary Art.

2D Visual Art includes paintings or drawings made from watercolors, oils, pencil, inks, charcoal, mixed media, Photoshop, astro-photography, etc. Literary art categories  includes poetry, short stories (fiction), consisting of 2500 words or less, and essays (non-fiction) of 1000 words or less.

Selection of Winner:

Based on the winning criteria, 3 prizes will be awarded in the categories of writing and 2D graphics. Monetary prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded in  each category. 

Judging criteria include:  Creativity, Artistic Message, Skill,  and Aesthetics.

 In case of a tie, the winner will be selected at the discretion of the Judging Panel

Registration and Submissions:

All submissions must be registered by 5:00 PM EST on November 30, 2015 to be eligible for the prize. No registrations or submissions will be accepted after this time. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions must be received online, via the Challenge website. All uploads must be in PNG, JPEG, or PDF format.

Submission reporting requirements and suggestions are listed in the FAQ area and all entries must include a fully completed Submission Form and a Challenge-Specific Agreement.

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.


Challenge Updates

People's Choice Award Winners

Feb. 23, 2016, 8:01 a.m. PST by The Lunar Initiatives

We had a hotly contested contest in the People's Choice Award voting, with over 700 votes cast for the 25 visual art entries in the running.  In the end though, "Trip to the Moon" (Antonio Geraldo DaSilva) beat out both Joan Wilcox-Glanville's "Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse" and Aire van Carmen's "The credible adventure of Gamma Fishes". 

Congratulations to our top three People's Choice Award Winners!!

Winners in the PCA contest receive a combination of gift certificates in the Lunar Initiatives Zazzle store, a personal invitation to design for the Lunar Initiatives Zazzle store, Lunar Credits in the Lunar Initiatives Indiegogo project and an invitation to become one of the first Lunar Citizens in the Indiegogo project.

Thanks to everyone who voted and supported this Flash Art contest from start to finish.  More art competitions and challenges are planned for 2016 and we will let you know as we roll out the next project.

The People's Choice Flash Art Award - Visual Art

Jan. 14, 2016, 5:35 p.m. PST by The Lunar Initiatives

Thanks once again for participating in our first - ever Lunar Initiatives Flash Art Contest!  We are in the process of planning more art contests in 2016 and will certainly notify you when we post our next art competition.

Meantime, we thought we’d start the New Year off with a People’s Choice Award contest.  We have selected the top 25 visual art entries from our recent Flash Art contest for everyone to see, enjoy and comment on.  Of course we want you to vote too!

If your visual art entry has been included in the People’s Choice Award (PCA) contest, congratulations!!

If you submitted a literary entry OR your visual art entry has not been included in the PCA, you can look forward to our promoting your entry on our social media pages.  Sharing your work this way will help you gain exposure as an artist.   We’ll also let you know when we post a promotion for your artwork so you can share it with your own audience.

Voting for the People’s Choice Awards begins on January 15th, 2016 at 12 noon Eastern and ends on February 13 at 5 PM Eastern.  One vote per email address.

Lunar Initiatives Indiegogo Bonus Packages worth $500, 250, and $100 will be awarded to the top three winners in the People’s Choice Award contest so hurry and select your favorite entry!!


Visual Arts Winners!!

Dec. 18, 2015, 3:58 p.m. PST by The Lunar Initiatives

Many thanks again to everyone who supported our Flash Art Competition.  We had many outstanding entries and the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners of each competition.  We will be sharing many of these entries with everyone in January so you can see and vote for your personal favorite in our “People’s Choice” contest.

The three winners of the Lunar Initiatives Visual Art Competition are

  1. Jim Beveridge (Reaching Together as One)
  2. Roy Peabody (Blood Moon)
  3. Jerome Forney (Lunar Bio-Grow Station)                               Congratulations All!

Visual Art Semi-Finalists

Dec. 18, 2015, 1:31 p.m. PST by The Lunar Initiatives

Congratulations to the following semi-finalists in the Visual Arts category:

Gareava (Lunar City)

Gibson (Discovery)

daSilva (Trip to the Moon)

Beveridge (Reaching Together as One)

Clark (To Go Forward We Need to Go Back)

Van Carmen (The Credible Adventure of Gamma Fishes)

Forney (Lunar Bio-Grow Station)

Quintero (Small Asteroid Hermes)

Shirolikar (Lunar Ark)

Peabody (Blood Moon 2 and 3)

Marches (Theatre Moon

Wilson-Glanville (Blood Moon photo)


Winners of the Lunar Initiatives Literary Art Competition

Dec. 16, 2015, 5:18 p.m. PST by The Lunar Initiatives

Thanks again to everyone who supported the Lunar Initiatives Flash Art Competition.  We were gratified by the number and quality of the entries and plan to have more competitions in the future, including a "People's Choice" contest in January where we will showcase many of the entries in the Flash Art Competition.

The three winners of the Lunar Initiatives Literary Art Competition are

1) Eli Shai Shibi "New moon; Mystical-mythological lunar revelations"

2) Nicola Bolton "When Eagle Landed"

3) Tim Antonsen "Where the Spirit Dances"

Congratulations winners!