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.