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MASK Awards 2021

Art shapes Creativity. Creativity shapes Innovation. Innovation shapes the world.

MASK Awards is the renowned creativity and innovation competition for all schools and young people under 25 in Africa.

Enter your best ideas into Innovation Awards, or your best artworks into Art Awards and win prizes.

Push the boundaries of your artistic and social innovation. Voice your ideas for a better future. Showcase your creativity to the world!

Enter online before 1 April

All entries are free

Award Ceremony: 20 May, Nairobi

Media Partners:

The Star, Citizen TV, Hot 96, Viusasa (Kenya)

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Creativity is the source of powerful intellect. It turns people into innovators who deliver cutting-edge solutions to challenges and build a better future for all.

Solve these three major challenges and enter your best solutions. It takes just one idea to change the world. And it could be yours! 

Youth unemployment in Africa is critical. As a result of COVID-19, millions more jobs have been lost. As a way of surviving the crisis, can you generate your own job?

Humanity is facing an environmental emergency. World leaders have failed to take action to address the problem. Do you have ideas about how we can protect the planet?

Current education systems are not fit for purpose in modern society. Can you re-imagine a new type of education that empowers young people for the life in the 21 century?

The prizes:

  • Fully-paid internships at top companies
  • Representation on our Innovation Gallery
  • Best ideas presented to business community and policymakers.

The prizes:

  • Cash prizes totaling 300,000 Ksh
  • Representation on our Art Gallery
  • Participation in our national and international exhibitions.


Art Awards

Creativity shapes the world, but it is art that shapes creativity. Art better than any other subject enables us to imagine, invent and innovate.


Enter your best works of art on any theme and in any medium and share them with the world!


Select how you enter: as a school or an individual. 


How to participate


Read the briefs. Create work. Save it on your device labeling it correctly.


Upload work. Download your free Participation Certificate.

Past Awards

MASK Awards is a nonprofit programme pioneered by MASK in Kenya in 2013. Browse our past MASK Awards winners, award ceremonies and exhibitions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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Images on this page are by MASK talent: William Mukiri, Haji Ibrahim, Alpha Odhiambo, Edwin Wainaina.

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