The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) announces its Second International Photography Collaboration as part of the Mobilising Men for Feminist Peace Programme (MMFP).

In these times of increasing conflict and polarisation, WILPF calls for submissions on the theme of men and love. We leave it to you to share your vision about who, where, how and what men can and do love. 

What you need to know!

⏳ Deadline for submissions: Monday 1 January 2024

🏆 Shortlist and winners: The shortlist and winners will be announced by 15th of February 2024

📷 Contest Award Categories: Documentary, Photojournalism and Open Format Photography 

🌍 Submissions: this collaboration is open to photographers from around the world. 

💸 Award Prize: one winner and two runner-ups. From these, the winner will receive $1,000 and the runner-ups will receive $600.

For more information and to join in, visit our page.

About the Mobilising Men for Feminist Peace (MMFP) Programme

As a radical feminist peace organisation our work also includes mobilising men in the pursuit of peace. Through WILPF’s Mobilising Men for Feminist Peace Programme, we work with our partners in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Yemen, and with a global network of activists, programme implementers and researchers. Our aim is to draw attention to the political economy – the broader structural conditions and forces contributing to men’s violence and exacerbating patriarchal norms. This includes colonialism, trauma, poverty and inequalities, land dispossession, climate change and food insecurity, the arms industry, corruption (including related to diversion of weapons), militainment, and the war on drugs.  

We aim to strengthen the collective understanding of the causes and impacts of militarised masculinities to identify strategies to mobilise men as allies in developing effective peace-building approaches and achieving feminist peace. This is done through evidence-based research, advocacy, community work and creative projects.

Our programme is a product of many conversations within WILPF on the need to engage men as a resource in the struggle spearheaded by anti-militarist and pro-peace movements. The discussions were inspired by the recognized academic member of WILPF, the late Cynthia Cockburn, who argued for this approach in a 2010 meeting with the WILPF UK section.

Photography Collaboration Convenor

Pete Muller is an award-winning photographer, researcher and director whose work focuses on masculinities, conflict and human ecology. Muller spent 15 years living and working in Africa and the Middle East examining the social underpinnings of armed conflicts  across those continents. He has received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, TIME Magazine, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy) and served as the Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. 

Meet The Jury

Gael Almeida is Regional Director for Latin America at the National Geographic Society where she oversees the Society’s storytelling projects and facilitates collaborations between visual artists throughout Latin America, and has over 20 years experience working with governments, academic institutions and civil society organisations.

Jahi Chikwendiu is an award-winning photographer who has worked for the Washington Post since 2001 covering a wide range of stories including the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, genocide in Darfur, the Black maternal health crisis and falling life expectancy due to chronic illness in the United States, victims of Israeli cluster bombs in South Lebanon, and the spread of malaria due to climate change in Mozambique. 

Ismail Ferdous is a Bangladeshi photographer and filmmaker based in New York, United States, who documents social and humanitarian issues of the contemporary world. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Leica Oskar Barnack Award, POYi, Alexa Foundation Grant, Getty Instagram Grant, National Geographic Society Grant, NPPA, and Days Japan. He is a frequent contributor to the National Geographic Magazine.

In 2013, Sarah Leen became the first female Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine and Partners.

In 2020, she co-founded the Visual Thinking Collective, a community for independent women dedicated to supporting visual storytelling. She worked as a contributing photographer to the National Geographic magazine for 20 years before joining the staff and becoming a senior photo editor in 2004. She has edited numerous projects and books including the 2020 FotoEvidence and World Press Photo Book Award winner HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo, Anders Wo by Petra Barth, Like a Bird by Johanna-Maria Fritz, The Phoenician Collapse by Diego Ibarra Sanchez which won the 2022 Lucie Book Award for Independent Book, We Cry in Silence by Smita Sharma a 2023 POY Book Award Finalist and A Troubled Home by Anush Babajanyan. 

Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nwagbogu was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019. He also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art. Azu Nwagbogu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, World Press Photo Contest, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-2018), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Foam Paul Huf Award (2019), Wellcome photography prize (2019) and is a regular juror for organizations such as Lensculture and Magnum. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. 

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