About the awards

The Prince Claus Awards are presented annually to individuals and organisations based mainly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for their outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development and the positive effect of their work on their direct environment and the wider cultural or social field. Quality is a sine qua non for an award.

Traditionally, the Fund has presented one Principal Award and ten additional Awards. On this 20th anniversary year, the Fund is taking a somewhat different approach. It has selected a smaller number of Laureates than usual and, in addition to the Award, which is given in recognition of their excellent achievements, the Fund has created the opportunity for each of the five Laureates to support a project that they feel expands and enhances creativity in their own environment.

The Prince Claus Awards are presented to the Laureates in Amsterdam by the Fund’s Honorary Chairmen in the presence of members of the Dutch Royal Family. The Awards are then presented by the Dutch ambassador to the Laureates in the countries where they live and work in order to increase local impact.

The Prince Claus Awards Committee

The Prince Claus Awards Committee consists of independent experts from different countries representing a broad range of disciplines. The Awards Committee provides advice to the Board on the annual selection of the laureates.

The members of the Awards Committee provide their services voluntarily for a term of two years. This term can be extended by two more years.

The Prince Claus Awards Publication

The Fund publishes an annual Awards book in which the laureates of that year are presented through photos of their work and laudations written by experts in their fields.

the Awards Committee

Emile Fallaux

Chair of the Award..., The Netherlands

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Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi

Committee Member,

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Dinh Q. Lê

Committee Member, Vietnam

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Neo Muyanga

Committee Member,

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Manuel de Rivero

Committee Member, Peru

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Suely Rolnik

Committee Member, Brazil

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Fariba Derakhshani

Secretary to the..., The Netherlands

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Each year the Prince Claus Fund invites international experts in the field of art, culture and development to nominate candidates for the Prince Claus Awards. In exceptional cases, it is possible for members of the public to present a nomination. It is not possible to nominate oneself or one’s own organisation.

Nominations are researched and second opinions on the proposed candidates are gathered. All communications regarding the nominations are strictly confidential.

The Prince Claus Awards Committee considers the nominations and makes a selection that it presents to the Prince Claus Fund Board for approval.

The Director of the Fund approaches the laureates personally to inform them about the award and to ask them if they accept it. 

On 6 September the Fund issues a press release on the year’s laureates.

Nominators and advisors are informed of the decision regarding their candidate. Nominators and advisors are also invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.