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MASK Awards 2021

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

MASK Awards is the renowned competition for schools and young people in Africa that celebrates young creativity and innovation.

Enter your best ART or INNOVATIONS. Win great prizes! Push the boundaries of your imagination! Voice your ideas and visions! Showcase your creativity to the world!

Media Partners (Kenya): The Star, Citizen TV, Hot 96, ViuSasa

MASK Awards ceremony postponed

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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?

Current education system is 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?

#2 Young Entrepreneur

Innovation awards

The prizes:

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

Creativity turns people into innovators who deliver cutting-edge solutions to challenges and change the future.

Enter your best solution to one of these three challenges. It takes just one idea to change the world. And it could be yours! 

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?

Art awards

Creativity shapes innovation, but it is art that shapes creativity. Art better than any other subject teachers us to imagine, invent and originate.


Enter your best artworks on any theme and in any medium.

The prizes:

  • Schools receive up to 100,000 Ksh in total
  • Winning artists receive up to 200,000 Ksh in total, representation on our Art Gallery and participation in our national and international exhibition programme

How to participate

#1 Read the briefs and create your MASK account

#2 Upload best works to the account. All entries are free

#3 Attend the Award Ceremony

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

Our partners

Support MASK Awards. Join our visionary Media, Prizes and Venue partners who help MASK Awards to be such an international success.

Andrew Skipper

A personal donor

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