Prince Claus Awards

Meet our 2019 Prince Claus Laureates! 

The Prince Claus Awards honour visionary individuals and organisations for their excellent, ground-breaking work in fields of culture and development. 

Read about the 2019 Prince Claus Laureates below!  This year the laureates are all women or women-run organisations. Although the Fund did not emphasise gender in its requests for nominations, the nominations received reflected a trend of exemplary women making strides in their fields. 

HRH Prince Constantijn, Honorary Chair of the Prince Claus Fund Board, will present the Awards during the ceremony at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam on 4 December 2019. 

A solo exhibition featuring the work of Principal Prince Claus Laureate Kamala Ibrahim Ishag - Women in Crystal Cubes - is on view at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam.  

On 3 December, join us for Louder than Words, where all seven laureates take the stage to tell their stories. 


Kamala Ibrahim Ishag web

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, Principal Prince Claus Laureate

Visual artist, Sudan

Ambulante newsletter

Ambulante, Prince Claus Laureate

Documentary film organisation, Mexico

Mariam newsletter

Mariam Kamara, Prince Claus Laureate

Architect, Niger

Bill Kouleany web

Bill Kouélany, Prince Claus Laureate

Visual artist, writer, Congo-Brazzaville

Djamila newsletter

Djamila Ribeiro, Prince Claus Laureate

Philosopher, Brazil

Anocha newsletter

Anocha Suwichakornpong, Prince Claus Laureate

Filmmaker, Thailand


As part of the Fund’s focus on developing and supporting activities with and for young people (ages 15 – 35) the Next Generation Prince Claus Award is presented to an individual under the age of 35 for outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of culture and development. It honours an individual who is a role model for younger generations and whose cultural actions have a positive impact particularly on young people in their society.

Monica Ojeda web

Mónica Ojeda Franco, Next Generation Laureate

Writer, Ecuador

Read the Awards Committee Reports in English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Arabic:

Read the Press release about the Announcement:

Learn more about all our Prince Claus Laureates from 1997 to today: