MASK Awards

MASK Awards celebrates young creativity and innovation in Africa.

Calling all schools and young people under 25. If you have a passion for art - enter your best ARTWORKS on any theme and in any medium. OR, if you see yourself as an entrepreneur and a leader - enter your brightest INNOVATIONS that can solve the world's challenges.

    Showcase your imagination!

    Gain a sense of power and potential!

    Win a trophy or a cash prize!  Prizes are totaling 300,000Ksh ($3,000)

    All entries are free. Closed. Reopens in


    Media Partner

    The Star (Kenya)

    Innovation Award

    Innovation shapes the world. Can you tackle the world's 'to-do' list?

    Enter your brightest innovations (solutions) to one of these Global Goals challenges: 'Reduce Inequalities', 'Young Entrepreneurs', or 'Life on Land'.

    It takes just one idea to change the world. And it could be yours!

    #1 Reduce Inequalities

    According to Global Goal 10 'Reduced Inequalities', too much of the world’s wealth is held by a very small group of people, leading to discrimination against the majority. How can we make equality and prosperity available to everyone? How can we make every individual self-sufficient?

    #3 Save Life on Land

    #2 Generate Your Own Job

    According to Global Goal 15 'Life on Land',  a flourishing life on the land is key to our life and survival on this planet. We have caused severe damage to it through deforestation, loss of natural habitats and land degradation. How can we use our ecosystems in a sustainable way? How can we preserve our biodiversity for future generations?

    The prizes:

    Winners receive a MASK Awards trophy or a cash prize, and best ideas will be fed to the business and policy communities.

    Two-thirds of Africa’s young people are unemployed or vulnerably employed. While
    10-12 million youths enter the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created annually. Have you considered entrepreneurship as a career option? Can you generate your own job which you care passionately about? 

    The prizes include:

    Winners receive a MASK Awards trophy and/or a cash prize totalling 300,000Ksh ($3,000), and/or a representation on MASK Art with participation in our national and international exhibitions.

    Art Award

    Innovation shapes the world, but it begins with art.

    Art teaches us to imagine and connect. When art flourishes creativity and innovation thrive.

    Enter your best works of art on any theme and in any medium: paintings, drawings, prints, graffiti, sculpture, digital, film, photography, performance & more...

    How to participate - closed, reopens in 2024

    STEP 1. Subscribe to our social media.   

    We communicate with our winners through our social media only. 

    STEP 2.  Create your account as a SCHOOL, or as an INDIVIDUAL.

    PLEASE NOTE: a new account must be created each season.

    STEP 3.  Read the briefs and upload your best ART or IDEAS.

    Submissions are closed. Winners will be announced in November 2023.

    Past Awards

    MASK Awards is a non-profit programme pioneered by MASK. Established in Kenya in 2013, it has now reached 15 countries on the African continent.

    Browse our past MASK Awards winners, Award ceremonies and exhibitions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

    Our partners

    These visionary media, prizes and venue partners help MASK Awards to be such a success.