Welcome to the Solar Art Prize-Caring for Our Planet site!

This South Australian competition aims to celebrate nature and the environment, and promote the reduction of carbon emissions, in the fight against global warming.

The Solar Art Prize-Caring for Our Planet is now in its fourteenth year with prizes to the value of $60,000 awarded in March 2023, in the form of solar products.  Over the thirteen years, a total of $490,140, mostly in solar products, has been awarded.

This privately funded merit-based prize is judged by three different independent judges each year.  All mediums are welcome.

Adelaide philanthropist Pip Fletcher is founder, coordinator, curator and major sponsor of the Solar Art Prize.   Natural Technology Systems of Prospect have also sponsored a major prize since 2016.


Painting of Pip Fletcher.  Artist: Cathi Steer, “Concentration”, oil, 2016

Pip Fletcher created the Solar Art Prize in 2010.  She has organised it annually and has been the major sponsor ever since.

The Solar Art Prize – Caring for Our Planet – is a unique major art prize where several artists each win vouchers for thousands of dollars worth of solar products (solar panels, hot water services, wind power or batteries and now efficient refrigerators) all installed by Natural Technology Systems.  It has attracted a very high standard of diverse and imaginative work in every medium over the years.

The Prize helps maintain Global Warming and its ramifications in the public eye when some are tempted to be fatalistic and give up trying to do anything. Although it gives a good return on their investment, many still feel they cannot afford solar energy. The Prize gives the artists the chance to win solar vouchers for themselves or their friends in South Australia, thereby lowering their carbon footprint and at the same time saving them money.

Sponsor Natural Technology Systems has honoured the vouchers presented to winners since 2010, and in since 2016 they have sponsored one of the major prizes themselves.


Painting of man in hat and suit and tie with cigarette dangling from mouth leaving dusty flat earth with a rusty windmill lying broken on the ground
Man Leaving the Land and Windmill by Elizabeth Doidge

$66,000 prizes announced in 13th Solar Art Prize

As Pip Fletcher says, “The urgency of reducing carbon emissions can no longer wait on government, foreign powers or anyone else to take their fair share of responsibility.  We must do what we can – NOW.

Pip has once again funded the non-acquisitive annual South Australian Solar Art Prize, with prizes being vouchers for solar products.

Artists in any medium are welcome to submit art relevant to climate change, nature and the environment.

Entries close 18 February 2022 and winners will be announced 9 April 2022 at the Royal South Australian Society for the Arts.

Prize details and entry forms are at https://solarartprize.com/2021-solar-art-prize-entry-form-and-conditions/.


$13,000 voucher for Natural Technology Systems Prospect solar products (battery plus panels) plus 1 year membership of RSASA Terry McDermot for Terra Mater


In person

The Royal South Australian Society of Arts is the place where you may personally deliver artworks and pay entry fees.

Institute Building on corner of North Terrace and Kintore Street     Take the back stairs or the lift to the first floor.

Phone 8232 0450

Gallery hours during exhibitions:

Monday to Friday
10.30am – 4.30am

Saturday and Sunday
1.00pm – 4.00pm

Closed on public holidays


Solar Art Prize

PO Box 721

North Adelaide  SA  5006