MASK Prize

MASK Prize

creativity and innovation competition

for young people living in Africa 

Strengthen your creativity for a better future.

Enter your creative and innovative artworks or ideas.

Scroll this page for the rules and online ENTRY FORM.

MASK Prize platform is dedicated to supporting creativity and innovation of young Africans and celebrating it through awards and exhibitions.  MASK Prize creative young people tell a better story of contemporary Africa.

Since 2013, MASK Prize received more than 6,500 entries from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa. The works were seen by more than 650,000 people at Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), Turner Contemporary, Saatchi Gallery (UK), and the Library of Congress (USA).

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

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

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

"I saw the exhibition and could not believe that we have so many talented young artists in Kenya"

MASK Prize participants

MASK Prize is nonprofit programme pioneered by UK charity MASK

Banner image: Melaninart, photo, by Staice Shitanda, 20, Kenya

Our latest exhibitions

Early 21 Century Young African Artists Exhibition

Saatchi Gallery, UK, Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

Our lastest exhibitions

Five-year Retrospective Exhibition

Turner Contemporary, UK, 12 May - 10 Jun 2018


MASK Prize 2019 is now closed for submissions.

Thank you to all who has participated - you are all already the winners!


JUNE - JULY: Judges select the winners

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: winners are informed and invited to Award Ceremony

17 OCTOBER: Award Ceremony at Michel Joseph Center, Nairobi.

Due to high popularity of the event and the limited space of the venue, the attendance is by invitation only. We will exhibit some of the works, not all, at the Award Ceremony; we show them as digital prints, not originals. 

AFTER 17 OCTOBER - the best works will be displayed on our website. 

Media Partners: The Star and Citizen TV


1. Anyone who is aged 4-25 and lives in Africa

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

The MASK Prize Alumni artists - those who had participated in MASK Prize in the past but now are older than 25 – enter your new work to be considered for artists list of our new and upcoming Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY). Enter good quality files via online Entry Form indicating your current age. Also make short films/videos about yourselves and your art that MOCAAY can upload to engage with your audiences.


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


Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, graffiti

Installations, sculptures

Digital or computer art, animations


Architecture, furniture and fashion designs


Performance art: videos of dancing, acting, playing music instruments and singing

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

PLEASE NOTE:  All artworks or ideas must be original. Entering someone's work as your own is illegal.


Sponsored by Rivers Foundation (UK), The Nobelity Project (USA) and Mabati Rolling Mills (Kenya)

Winners are selected by Judges. Prizes totaling 300,000 KSH (Kenyan Shillings) will be awarded

at Award Ceremony on 17 October 2019 at Michael Joseph Center in three categories:


UNDER 15 years old

UNDER 25 years old

MASK Prize also gives the '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. Make short films/videos about yourself and your art and enter them via ENTRY FORM (This is optional but highly recommended to all participants). The best films/videos will be uploaded to MASK Prize YouTube and maybe shown at the Award Ceremony or further exhibitions

2. Join the social media platforms:






  • Images - take a good-quality photograph of your artwork, save it as JPEG file  (that is more than 300 KB and less than 4 MB in size) and upload it in your ENTRY FORM
  • Films - make a short video/film, upload it to Youtube, and enter the Youtube URL link into your ENTRY FORM
  • Entrepreneurial ideas - enter them as videos/films OR images 

By entering you accept  Terms and Conditions.

Do not hesitate to contact us  for help with the entering process.


 Under 15 years old

Under 25 years old



Creativity is the core skill of 21 century. Creativity is the ability to generate and implement new ideas that improve the world. Creative people generate new ideas primarily with the help of the visual thinking. Practicing art cultivates our visual thinking. Art better than any other subject teaches people to innovate. 

Creativity is synonymous with technological advancement, innovation, inventiveness, resourcefulness, adaptivity, ingenuity, imagination, changing paradigm, unconventional and independent thinking, 'eureka!' and 'aha!' moment, initiative, value-creation, visionary, talent, genius, individuality and team-creativity, risk-taking, personal effectiveness, bringing change. Send us your own description of creativity.

“We believe in MASK Prize cause to grow creativity of the younger generations

to encourage innovation and a creation of a better future.” 

Caroline Wachira-Wanyama of Kenyan Citizen TV, 2018

"Governments do not support art in Africa. MASK Prize gives young Africans their humanity back."

Pioneer of Modern African Art and MASK Patron artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, 2014

Art by some of our artists are own by Barack and Michelle Obama 

"Dear Kivuthi, Duncun and Benson,

As our world grows increasingly interdepended, we look forward to working together to the benefit of all nations

and to strengthening the bonds between people."

Barack and Michelle Obama 

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