MASK Prize

MASK Prize

creativity and innovation competition with prizes

for schools and young people living in Africa

Strengthen your creativity for a better future

Enter your creative and innovative artworks or entrepreneurial ideas to win prizes

Scroll this page for rules and online ENTRY FORM



MASK Prize strengthens creativity and innovation of young people in Africa and celebrates it through awards and exhibitions. Since 2013, more than 6,500 entries from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa were shown at Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), Turner Contemporary, Saatchi Gallery (UK), the Library of Congress (USA) and seen by more than 650,000 people.


"MASK Prize motivates us to be more creative and makes us better for it"

"MASK Prize experience was an absolute game-changer for my creative occupation"

"MASK Prize is the driver of change in our society"

MASK Prize is a "wonderful event", "lovely and amazing",

"I gained a lot from the competition", "I urge you to continue inspiring us"


Early 21 Century Young African Artists Exhibition

Saatchi Gallery, UK, Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

Five-year Retrospective Exhibition

Turner Contemporary, UK, 12 May - 10 Jun 2018



1. Anyone who is 25 years old or younger and lives anywhere in Africa

2. Any school, college or university (whether state or private)


MASK Prize Alumni: past participants who cannot take part anymore due to the age restrictions can still enter their new works that would be considered for our online Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY)




Enter your creative and innovative artworks or entrepreneurial  ideas on any theme and in any of these medium:

Paintings, drawings, collages, prints

Graffiti art

Installations, sculptures

Digital/computer art, animations

Photographs, photo-journalism

Architectural drawings/models

Videos/films of you singing, dancing, performing, reading poetry

Entrepreneurial ideas (that can be put to practice to improve our lives)




Winners will be selected by our Judges

Prizes worth Ksh 300,000 (Kenyan Shillings) will be awarded at Award Ceremony in Nairobi in October 2019

in three categories:


UNDER 15 years old

UNDER 25 years old

MASK Prize also awards 'Best Creativity Teacher' and 'Business Leader for Creativity' awards




Enter any number of works, it is free, before 1 June 2019 using this online






1. THIS IS OPTIONAL BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL ENTRANTS: Enter a short video/film about yourself and your art in the ENTRY FORM


2. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL: You need to subscribe to these social channels:




  • For images - take a good-quality photograph of your artwork. Save the photograph as JPEG file (that is more than 300 KB and less than 4 MB in size) and upload the file in your ENTRY FORM
  • For videos/films - make short video/film (on your smartphone), upload it to Youtube, and then enter the URL link into your ENTRY FORM
  • For entrepreneurial ideas - enter them as videos/films or images. Type up your idea as a text of up to 300 words, scan it or take a good photograph of it, save it as JPEG file, and then upload the image into the ENTRY FORM
  • All work must be original. Entering someone's work as yours is illegal. By entering you accept Terms and Conditions



Do not hesitate to contact us for help with entering process




Under 15 years old

Under 25 years old




Creativity is our ability to generate and implement new, original, and innovative ideas and solutions. People who think creativily are usually good at connecting information across knowledge. World Economic Forum predicted that by 2020 creativity will be a top skill people will need to succeed in life and workplace.


Creative thinking can also be called innovation, inventiveness, resourcefulness, ingenuity, imagination, insight, outside-box-thinking, initiative, value-creation, vision, individuality, risk-taking, personal effectiveness, bringing change, and even optimization.


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MASK Prize is non-profit programme pioneered by a UK education charity MASK No 1128743

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