UNHCR Youth with Refugees Art Contest 2023

Deadline: 30th of September, 2023

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. They lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

The vision is a world where every person forced to flee can build a better future.

Formally known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950 in the aftermath of the Second World War to help the millions of people who had lost their homes.


  • This year, the best designs will be turned into t-shirts by our partner UNIQLO. They will be publicized and sold in selected UNIQLO stores (including online stores worldwide and any other channels decided by UNIQLO and UNHCR) to support displaced people globally! The shirts will also be shared with UNHCR and UNIQLO’s social media platforms with millions of followers.
  • Finalists will receive special prizes and goodies from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


  • 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.


You can draw by hand or on a computer or tablet. If you draw by hand, please scan or take a good-quality picture of your drawing. We accept drawings in pdf, jpeg and png formats. We recommend that the photo size be 2048×2048px and the resolution be 350dpi.

To enter the competition, make sure to submit your creation (drawing or a comic) illustrating the theme by clicking on the button below. Feel free to draw more abstract designs.

Click here to apply


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