UNHCR - Youth with Refugees Art Contest 2021

The theme of the 2021 art contest is “Together through sport”. It sheds light on the power of sport to bring people together and create a sense of hope.

This year, you can send us an illustration and enter our #dreamball design contest. The best designs will be turned into footballs made by an ethical manufacturing company and sold to support sporting activities for refugees!

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The overall theme is “together through sport”. For all of us in this turbulent year, the sport has proven itself vital to restore physical and mental health, inspire and energize us, and create solidarity as we team up to beat COVID-19. The sport also helps those who face the hardest possible times in their lives to rebuilding their futures. You can use your talents to illustrate the power of sport to bring people together.

Here are some things to think about to inspire you:

  1. Sport brings hope. Sport is a great way to heal after going through difficult times. It helps with our mental health during the pandemic. It helps refugees recover from the experience of war and persecution. Learn more.
  2. Sport fosters inclusion. Sport is a great way to bring people together. When young refugees find safety in a new country, playing with others in the community helps them make friends and feel like they belong.
  3. Sport inspires. We all love to watch our favorite athletes. Did you know that there is a Refugee Olympic Team and a Refugee Paralympic Team? For the second time in history, they will compete during the Games in Tokyo this summer!


  • Your best creations will be shared with our 10 million followers on our social media platforms and featured in a digital exhibition. Finalists will receive special prizes and goodies from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
  • 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.


  • If you are between 10 and 30 years old, this art contest is your chance to use your creativity for a good cause.
  • You don’t need to be a professional artist. Anyone can be creative in their own way.
  • Young refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless and internally displaced people are most welcome to join the contest.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Participants must submit their creative art through the online portal.
  • Fill out this form and submit your drawing for the Youth with Refugees Art Contest. A parent or teacher may fill out the form on behalf of the participant. (or visit official website)
  • Make sure to submit your creation by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below. You can also post your drawing on your own social media using “together #withrefugees” and #dreamball.

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Application Deadline: June 25, 2021

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