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"



MASK Prize is nonprofit programme pioneered by UK charity MASK


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



The Star and Citizen TV Media Partners


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

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


MASK PRIZE ALUMNI: If you are over 25, you can still enter your new work (via the online Entry Form). You will not be considered for a prize but your work will be considered, along with your previous entries, for our new online Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY). We encourage you also to make short films about yourselves and your creative process (in whatever area you now work/study) to be entered along your new works and uploaded on MOCAAY in due course.




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

Design: architecture, industrial, furniture, fashion

Performing: your own dancing, plays, music or songs (videos of)

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



PLEASE NOTE: all artworks or ideas must be originated by you. Entering someone's work as your own is illegal.




Winners are selected by 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 ENTRY FORM that can be also accessed from your smartphone.






1. Enter a short film about yourself and your art in the ENTRY FORM (OPTIONAL, BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL ENTRANTS)


2. Subscribe to these social channels:






  • For images - take a good-quality photograph of your work. Save the photograph as JPEG file (that is more than 300 KB and less than 4 MB in size) and upload the JPEG file in your ENTRY FORM
  • For films - make short video/film (on your smartphone for example), upload it to Youtube, and then enter the Youtube URL link into your ENTRY FORM
  • For entrepreneurial ideas - enter them as videos/films (talk about it on video or film it) OR images (type up the idea as a text - of no more than 300 words - and then scan it or take a photograph of it)



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 have highly advanced visual abilities and are excellent at connecting knowledge. In 21st century, creativity is the most important skill you will need to survive and 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 optimization.


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

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