Art Competition winners: Solarpunk 2019

This July we invited concept artists from around the world to join our third annual Art Competition for 2019. The theme was “Solarpunk” which challenges the idea of how the future is fuelled. It is a vision of an ecological society, where everything is powered by green energy.

The submissions were judged on creative details and ability to tell a compelling story. While many entries interpreted Solarpunk in sci-fi universes, we were especially impressed with entries that depicted domestic experiences that let the individual’s style shine.

After much deliberation with the judges, the final three winners exemplified innovation, storytelling, the unexpected and function/form. Winners will receive a selection of incredible artist goodies from Escape Technology, Wacom, PNY Technologies, Sumo Digital,, ArtStation and ImagineFX.


We are thrilled to announce that first place goes to Jessica Woulfe for her surrealist farm scene. “There is something remarkably domestic about Jessica’s key moment,” said Lead Artist, Charlie Bowater, “This is a fantastical occurrence in a believable world that a painter would depict in earnest. It’s the kind of art you can imagine hanging up in someone’s house or in a museum.”

From all of us at Atomhawk, we want to extend a huge congratulations to Jessica.

Jessica is now the proud owner of a Cintiq Pro 16, a NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 and a Nintendo Switch, courtesy of our very generous friends at Escape Technology, Wacom, PNY and Sumo Digital. Other prizes include credit at and a years subscription to ArtStation Pro and ImagineFX.

Please check out more of Jessica’s work at


Second place was given to Doug Batista’s incredibly charming and sanguine floating cities. Art Director, Drew Whitmore, loved the image’s “sense of wonder and celebration that immediately makes you want to explore the rest of this world”. Visually, the piece stood out among the submissions, and the judges especially loved the spinning solar paddles.

Please check out more of Doug’s work at


Third place goes to Raja Nandepu with his depiction of a futuristic village. Our judges were impressed with this piece’s striking primary read with Raja’s use of lighting and colour. As we searched deeper into the painting, we discovered a dynamic civilisation with a lot going on that made this piece worthy of a placing spot in the competition.

Please check out more of Raja’s work at


There were so many great entries for this year’s competition, we would also like to give honourable mentions to Josh Hutchinson, Arturo Gutiérrez and Rita Fei for great work that also made it onto the judges’ shortlist.


Thank you to the 240 people who entered our art competition this year. We were humbled by your enthusiasm, creativity and ingenuity. We hope you will join us again for next year’s competition!

Please check out more entries with the hashtag #atomhawksolarpunk on Twitter and Instagram.