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Kickstarting 2022 with “Militarised Masculinities and Alternatives” Photography Competition

Deadline for submissions has been extended to Saturday 22nd January 2022

We are back from our year end break, feeling rejuvinated and refreshed, ready to kickstart 2022 and continue our struggle for feminist peace. And we have exciting things in store…

Credit: Donna Ferrato
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WILPF International
11 January 2022

WILPF wants to wish you all a wonderful, empowering and inspiring new year.
We are back from our year end break, feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, ready and excited to take on the New Year 2022 to continue our struggle for feminist peace. We have many exciting things planned for this year and we are kick-starting January with the “Militarized Masculinities and Alternatives” Photography Competition.
We are inviting photographers from all over the world to submit work which responds to notions of ‘militarised masculinities’ as part of our mission to mobilise men for feminist peace. The competition is looking for photographers to submit photos and photojournalism stories that explore notions of ‘militarised masculinities’ and alternatives, documenting the relationship between masculinities, conflict and peace, violence and care.
The competition will be judged by a high profile jury comprising of Gael Almeida, jahi chikwendiu, Tasha Douge, Donna Ferrato, Jehan Jillani, Paul Moakley and Pete Muller.
In Brief
Theme: Militarised masculinities and alternatives
How to Enter: For full details and to enter please visit www.wilpf.org/mobilising-men-for-feminist-peace
Deadline for submissions: Saturday 22 January 2022
Shortlist: The shortlist will be announced on Monday 7th February 2022
Winners: The winners will be announced on Tuesday 15 March 2022
Prize: Two winners will be chosen per category. From these, two overall winners will be chosen who will both receive $1,000 US dollars
Competition Award Categories: Documentary/ Photojournalism Stories ; Personal Expression Stories ; Portrait Stories .

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