MASK Awards 2023

MASK Awards is a creativity & innovation platform for schools and young people in Africa.

If you have a passion for art, or see yourself as an innovator, entrepreneur and a leader, MASK Awards is for you.

Enter your best ARTWORKS on any theme and in any medium,
OR your brightest INNOVATIONS to help solve global social challenges.

Push the boundaries of imagination. Gain a sense of power and potential. Showcase your talent. Win prizes!

Media Partners


The Star

The Citizen TV

HOT 96 Radio


Opens 15 February 2023.

All schools & young people under 25

in Africa

can participate

Innovation Award

#3 Life on Land

#1 Reduced 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?

#2 Generate  Your Job

The prizes:

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

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? 

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, and  paid internships at top companies in Nairobi. Best ideas will be presented to the business and policy communities.

Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur and a leader? Then tackle the World's 'to-do' list. Enter your innovative solutions to one of the Global Goals challenges shown below.

It takes just one idea to change the world.
And it could be you who shapes the future!

The prizes:

Winners receive a MASK Awards

trophy, representation on our MASK Art Gallery and participation in our national and international exhibitions

Art Award

Innovation shapes the world, but it starts with art.

When people think creatively, generating new break-through ideas, they think in images. This is why art is essential! Art shapes creativity. Creative people shape progress. When art flourishes the world thrives.


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

How to participate



ONLY SUBSCRIBERS TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CAN PARTICIPATE now as we'll communicate with our entrants via social media ONLY. 

So, SUBSCRIBE NOW to participate and stay informed.

Follow #maskcreate


Create an account as a SCHOOL or an INDIVIDUAL.

NOTE: A new account needs to be created each season.

Opens on 15 February 2023


Read the briefs, and upload online your best ARTWORKS or/and INNOVATIONS.

Winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Nairobi in October-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.