SABAA ART AWARDS wants to collect and show the voices and views of people from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. SABAA invites artistically minded and hearted contributors – photographers, illustrators, writers, poets – to hand in their images, their words on the topic of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sabaa Art Awards 2021 is an initiative from Sabaa. education in partnership with the Fashviart and Lagos-Paris-Art platform.

The 2021 edition is themed “Pandemic Voices from Sub-Saharan Africa.”


How it works:

The entries should be in the categories of photo, illustration, painting, short story, a chapter of a novel, and poem to artistically reflect upon the individual experiences and effects of the Covid-19-Pandemic in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The aim of which is to showcase different perspectives on how the pandemic has affected the continent, and to evaluate and propose artistic positions in handling today’s reality.

Submit your free application on our platform for your chance to win a 500 Euro(plus) prize and gain international exposure. 

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Awards categories & Prizes

Jury awards

# photo (artistic approach, not journalistic): 500€
# illustration (print, drawing, comic,): 500€

# painting: 500€
# literature1: short story, a chapter of a novel, a poem (10000 words max.) – in English: 500€
# literature2: short story, a chapter of a novel, a poem (10000 words max.) – in French: 500€


Audience Awards

# photo: 500€

# illustration, drawing: 500€

# painting: 500€

Audience awards voting

Everyone who wants to vote in July 2021 – online voting will be initiated then with an online presentation of the five best artworks in each category.

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  • Drop files here or
    Please upload your artwork and put the title of it and your name in your file´s title. Maximum of two artworks per contributor.
  • Please Upload a Photo of yourself - only if you want.
  • Please provide some information on your artistic and personal background. Please do not extend a maximum of 200-250 words.
  • Please provide a short description of your artwork - for each artwork you provide. In case of a photo, an illustration: shot or drawn where and when and what is it about? In case of a short story or a poem: written where and when and what you want to relate as background information? Please do not extend a maximum of 200 words per artwork! 0/500