UNHCR : Youth with Refugees Art Contest

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is currently accepting submissions for its 2021 art contest. The theme of this second edition is “Together Through Sport” and was chosen to underline the importance of sport to “bring people together and create a sense of hope”.

Who can participate?

Participants must be between 10 and 30 years old. It is not necessary to be a professional artist. There is no need to be a professional artist. Young refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless and internally displaced people are most welcome to join the contest.

What is the reward?

The best creations will be shared with UNHCR’s 10 million followers on their social media platforms and be featured in a digital exhibition. Finalists will receive special prizes and goodies from UNHCR.

This year, UNHCR also open a special competition: the #dreamball design. The five best designs will be turned into footballs stitched by refugees and host community members in Kenya, through an ethical ball manufacturing company: Alive and Kicking. The winning balls will be sold online to support sporting opportunities for refugees.

How does it work?

Drawings can be made by hand or on a computer or tablet. 

There are two competitions : 

  • For the general competition, send a drawing or a comic illustrating the theme, in the format of your choice.
  • For the #dreamball design competition, use the ball design template and draw within the two frames. If you cannot print or use the template, draw the pentagon and hexagon shapes by hand.

 The deadline for submissions is June 25th

The best drawings and designs will be selected by a jury of refugees, artists and athletes.

For more information, you can watch this video and visit the UNHCR website. You can also check the 2020 winners.