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Militarised masculinities and alternatives

A Photography Competition

Image Credit: Pete Muller

Technical submission guidelines

  • All images should be in JPEG format.
  • Images must be at least 3000 pixels on the longest side and have a DPI of 300.
  • Images should be compressed such that they are between 2-10 MB each.
  • All images must be named in the following format: Lastname_Firstname_01, Lastname_Firstname_02, etc,
  • Each image must have caption information embedded in the metadata (IPTC).
  • All stories must include not only caption information for each image but an overall project description not to exceed 200 words.

Deadline for submissions Saturday 22 January 2022


  • Maximum x 10 images
  • Minimum x 5 images
  • Single images

This division is meant for stories and single images created in accordance with the conventional ethical parameters of photojournalism. Images should not be staged, directed, recreated, or processed in any way that makes material additions or subtractions to the image. Portraits may be included within a story and should be identified as such in the caption information. Entrants should refer and adhere to guidelines set forth by World Press Photo when evaluating images for submission in this category. Images in this division found in violation of the World Press Photo guidelines will be disqualified. Photographers in this category should be prepared to deliver RAW files for verification purposes.

Image Credit: Peter Muller


  • Maximum x 10 images
  • Single images

This division is the destination for interpretive photographic works on the contest subject. Works submitted here may be conceptual, staged, directed and otherwise driven by the photographer’s artistic process and vision. In addition to conceptual explanation, the photographer should offer some explanation regarding their process and intention in the project description. It is into this category that photographers may submit works made of multiple exposures, photographic collage techniques and other forms of photography typically evaluated as fine art. 

Image Credit: Donna Ferrato


  • Maximum x 10 images
  • Minimum x 5 images
  • Single images

This division is designed for portrait series and single images. It is expected and understood that a photographer making portrait images directs and/or collaborates with their participants in the creation of the images. Photographers submitting in this category should critically evaluate their intention in the image creation, particular in the stories category. Situational portraits, or those that may be mistaken for “found” moments ought to be identified as such in the caption information.

Image Credit: Jahi Chikwendiu

Deadline for submissions Saturday 22 January 2022

Please create a separate submission form for each category you are entering. If you are submitting an entry/entries via email, please send them as separate emails with the award category clearly stated in the subject line of the email.

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Terms and conditions

Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. For awarded entries and honorable mentions, copyright holders grant the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution photographs and Open Format entries for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), without any remuneration being due. In addition, WILPF may also approach competition applicants to request permission to use their work. Outside of additional remuneration, WILPF will discuss and respect concerns that photographers might have regarding additional use of submitted images.

The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the entries does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The copyright holders will hold the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

The photographers represent and warrant that their images were made in accordance with best industry practices and that nothing exploitive, coercive or otherwise unethical was done in order to create the images.

The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by US law.

Any dispute arising from the Entry Rules (whether contractual or non-contractual) shall be decided solely and exclusively by the competent court of New York City.

The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.

Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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