International Identity Day Design Competition for African Artists 2021 (Win US$ 3,000)

ID4Africa with support from Integrated Biometrics (IB) invites applications for the International Identity Day Design Competition for African Artists in 2021.

The purpose of the design is to promote ID Day with an impactful image that will both inspire and encourage the worldwide community to rally around this important cause. As digital artists, this will be your opportunity to use your creativity to raise awareness of identity as a key enabler of inclusive socio-economic development in all countries worldwide but most importantly in Africa.

Worth of Award

  • The winning design will become the official theme design for ID-Day 2021 which will be made accessible on our website for re-use by the international community to commemorate the occasion.
  • The winner of the International Identity Day Design Competition for African Artists will receive a cash prize of US$ 3,000.


  • The competition is open to African artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers.

  • Minors (children under 18) are eligible but must submit a Consent Form from a parent or legal guardian to qualify.

  • Both Individual and group submissions are accepted. For group submissions, only one entry form should be submitted with the details of one group member.

  • The organizer and judges are not eligible to participate in the competition.

The design should follow the specifications listed below:

  • Horizontal: 2800 (w) x 1568 (h) pixels, 300 dpi in JPG, TIFF, PDF or EPS format. The winning design will be used primarily on social media and on several websites. If being printed, A3 or A5 specs will be used. Please consider these formats when creating your design.

  • Your digital file must be higher than 1MB and less than 4MB in size.

  • Cheerful and highly visible colors are suggested.

  • Designs produced using the following techniques are eligible:  Graphic design •  illustration •  photography •  painting • typography •  animation •  mixed media.

  • However, please note all entries must be finalized in a digital format.

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With the intention of promoting Identity Day, the design should include the following:

  • The Identity Day logo

  • Title: Happy International Identity Day 2021

  • Date: 16 September (specifically using this format)

Very Important

The competition is free and open only to African digital artists based in Africa. Proof of identity, nationality and address will be requested before the award is issued.

How to Apply

  • Submissions must be made online by the latest July 16, 2021, at 11:59 PST

  • Each participant is allowed to submit up to 3 designs.

  • Files should be named as follows: Firstname_Lastname_Country_01/02_IDDay

  • Entries must include a brief written “Artist Statement” (200 words maximum) explaining your inspiration and creative process in the context of Identity and Identity Day.

  • High-quality images are required. Poor representation such as low resolution, blurred images, etc., will reduce your chances of being selected.

  • Designs should be submitted together in one application and not as separate entry forms. In the case of repeat entries, only the final entry will be accepted and retained.

  • Following your submission, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email within 24hrs, please send an email to [email protected]

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Deadline: The submission deadline is July 16, 2021, at 11:59 PST.


Click here for more details and to apply