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The NASA Space Technology Art Challenge: Imagine Tomorrow

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NASA Space Tech Art Challenge: Imagine Tomorrow

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program wants you to show the world the future of space technology. The NIAC Program is looking for posters that help people better understand the visionary aerospace concepts that might be used in future NASA missions. If you can create an engaging poster that depicts one or more of the innovative concepts in action, you might win a portion of the $3,000 USD purse.
These early-stage technologies are 10 to 20+ years away from final development. To help people understand what they might look like, NIAC is turning to artists and graphic designers to create posters that help people visualize the technologies under development. The posters will show what the technology will look like, and how and where they might be used in the future.
NIAC will use these images to help illustrate the tech story to everyone including students, the press, science and technology museums, Congress, and the general public. These images will inspire vast audiences by creating effective visualizations of cutting-edge technologies. All selected images will be uploaded to the NIAC website, shared widely, and available for free digital download. Credit will be given to all artists’ work.
In creating your image, you may select from any of the over 300+ NIAC Funded Studies. Your image must show a realistic depiction of one or more of the technologies in its appropriate environment.
To help make the images accessible to a wide audience, alternative text (alt text) will be included with the images. For individuals who have vision impairment, alt text works with screen readers to help describe the illustration in detail and can be read with the use of text reading software. You can use AI to help generate the alt text. You will be asked to describe your image in a way that supports alt text. Your description should satisfy the requirements of alt text by explaining the subject of the image, what technology or technologies are included, the environment (e.g., surface of Mars), conveying why it is scientifically important, and describing what the illustration looks like.


The NIAC team will evaluate the submissions and determine the artwork that best depicts the technology in its environment in the most visually effective, compelling, and impactful way.


March 5, 2024
Submission Deadline
April 15, 2024 5 pm ET
Winners Announced
April 30, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

Must be at least 18 years old.
United States federal sanctions prohibit participation from Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Myanmar, and North Korea.
May compete as an Individual or a Team, however the prize will be awarded in whole to the submitter.
Individuals or Teams may submit multiple entries, however, each competitor/team may only win one prize.

 Submission Requirements

Artwork must be original. AI can be used to help develop images but is not a requirement.
Image format:
Size: 2’ x 3’ poster (approximately 60 x 90 cm)
Portrait orientation
Resolution of 300 dpi or higher
Submissions must be PDFs
Submission Form must be included with all submissions
In the submission form, clearly state the NIAC concept study(-ies) you used in your image
Include a description that can be used as Alt text when publishing your graphic

Image Requirements

Must depict at least one NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) concept.
Images must realistically portray the technology and its intended environment. For example, a propulsion system should be depicted in flight and a planetary probe should be depicted on the surface of a planet.
The NIAC technology image can be used as a reference but cannot be submitted as a solution. Any submissions that are copies of the NIAC image will not be accepted.
May include more than one technology within one image but all the technology must be in the same environment.
Final images may be in any artistic style, but the technology and its use should be easily understood at a glance.
The NASA insignia, NIAC logo, or other NASA logos cannot be used as any part of the submission.
The image may not include any text.

Additional Files

Please refer to the Files tab to access additional files for this Challenge, such as a copy of the Challenge Brief and a template for the Submission Form. 
Please download the Submission Form and fill out this form using Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar software. Ensure the form is complete and accurate, then attach it with your contest entry. 


Please submit your questions in the challenge Clarification Board.
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Skills Required

AI Art Creation
AI Graphic Design
Digital Art
Graphic Art
Graphic Design
Visual Arts
Aerospace Engineering
AI Design
Concept Design
Creative Design
Digital Design
3D Animation
3D Design
3D Modelling
3D Studio Max
AI Image Editing
AI Rendering
Character Illustration
Concept Art
Digital Painting
Print Design
UX / User Experience

Accepted File Formats


Clarification Board
No spam, self-promotion or advertisement is permitted.

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Tom D.
12 days ago
Why is my sealed entry image different than everyone else's? It is a negative image of a subset of the poster rather than the portrait I put on my profile.
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Ochai O.
9 days ago
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Suvro D.
12 days ago
Please check my entry.
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Stephen E.
14 days ago
Can more than one image (variations of a single NIAC study) be submitted in a single pdf? This would result in a multi page pdf with a single image in each page. If only one image can be submitted per pdf, are multiple submissions allowed?
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Savio Steven D.
14 days ago
This is a bit late but just to clarify, I can pick from any of the studies including the ones from 2011 (NIAC 2011 Phase I Selections) ? Also can I pick the ones from Consolidated NIAC Awards?
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Promanade A.
28 days ago
In the description it is said that "In creating your image, you may select from any of the over 300+ NIAC Funded Studies. " I may select that means if I wish, I may not select for my art work. But again in the image requirements, it is said that " Must depict at least one NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) concept." How could I represent my idea with another idea art work? For example, a previous NIAC concept is "Sample Return from the Surface of Venus" (2024 Phase I Selection) -the image or art work is containing a donut balloon type innovative carbon monoxide rocket technology to make propellant from the Venus atmosphere with innovations in high-temperature surface systems and a solar aircraft. How should I incorporate it in my artwork? Please explain.
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27 days ago
¿Si salgo ganador a donde me depositan?
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Manan Singh T.
1 month ago
A submission form: what is it? where it is located. else we must provide our personal data in the description field.
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Manan Singh T.
1 month ago
Could you please assist me in understanding why entry 272 was rejected?
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Abayomi A.
1 month ago
Hi, Please,will the winner be announced physically or online

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