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MASK Awards 2021

Media Partners: Citizen TV and The Star

MASK Awards is the prestigious annual creativity and innovation competition for schools and young people in Africa.  

This is where you can push the boundaries of your artistic and social imagination, amplify your voices for a better future, and get your creativity and innovation celebrated and rewarded.

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

 Opens on 4 January 2021

Enter online by 1 April 2021

All entries are free

Award Ceremony: 20 May 2021, Nairobi

Youth unemployment is in crisis. With COVID-19, millions more jobs have been lost. As a way of surviving the crisis, can you generate your own job that you feel passionate about?

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 system is not fit for purpose in modern society. Can you imagine a new type of education that empowers young people for the life in the 21 century?

The prizes:

  • Fully-paid 3-month internships at top companies
  • Representation on our Innovation Gallery
  • Ideas presented to business community or policy-makers.

01 Innovation


Creativity shapes the future. It does so through Innovation.

Create future with your innovations. Solve these challenges.  It takes just one creative idea to change the world. And it could be yours! Enter your solutions now.

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 future, but it is Art that shapes Creativity. By practicing art we learn to think outside the box and change convention. Art, more than any other subject, enables us to imagine, invent and innovate.

Enter your works of art into the MASK Art Awards to win prizes and get seen by artists and gallerists from all over the world!


Visit a brief page for a challenge, read the brief and enter. 


Label your entry files correctly and upload them by the deadline.


Enter as a school, or as an individual in 'under 14' or 'under 25' age category.


How to enter

The MASK judges

All entries will be reviewed by our panel of Jury.

These are business leaders and entrepreneurs,

leading art professionals, and

MASK Ambassadors.

Past Awards

Browse our past MASK Awards winners, award ceremonies and exhibitions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Our partners

We thank our Media, Prize and Venue partners who help the MASK Awards to become such an international success.

MASK Awards is a platform for young people to explore and energise their creativity and innovation in a safe and supportive environment. A place where they can nurture their visions for a better future and push the boundaries of their artistic and social imagination. A space where their voices are amplified and creativity rewarded. A non-profit programme, pioneered by MASK as a ‘MASK Prize’ in Kenya in 2013 and endorsed by the Kenyan government and visionary organisations, it now reaches eleven counties in Africa. It has attracted more than 8,500 entries and its exhibitions at leading institutions around the world have been attended by over 650,000 people.

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

Creativity for a Better Future

MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734

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