A new prize for photography and peace has been launched, as part of the unique Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards. For the first time, these global awards for local peacebuilding are offering $1,000 of camera equipment as prizes for the best photos that show local peacebuilding in action.
We are looking for powerful photos that illustrate the theme of local peacebuilding. They should capture the essence of local people actively building peace in their communities or localities. This might mean preventing hostilities, resolving conflicts as they occur, or healing its effects after war has been waged.
Peacebuilding exists in numerous guises across the world, as demonstrated by our various partners. Some tackle religious extremism by training young men and women to educate each other about tolerance and diversity. Some improve dialogue between opposing tribes by establishing community-led forums. Some create, literally, lyrical harmony between opposing youths with a microphone and a guitar.
Whatever their means, these peacebuilders all share a common goal: they aim to improve lives by bringing people closer together.
After all, there is a lot at stake. Hundreds and thousands of men and women owe their existence to diligent peace efforts. Their lives and their homes depend on effective peacebuilding. The destiny of a nation might depend on how ready warring factions are to lay down arms and agree to a peace settlement.
This work is sensitive. Crucial steps towards reconciliation take place in some of the world’s most impoverished and unstable regions. As such, it is not an easy task, to shed light on peace efforts. This is where we call on you to help.
The camera is a powerful tool. We’d like you to utilise its potential.
Photography is capable of revealing truths in ways other media cannot. This is especially true when lives depend on our understanding of conflicts and how best to pacify them. With a camera at your disposal, you can help us shed light on the tireless reconciliation efforts of peacebuilders across the globe.
Send us your photos by 15 September, to help build peace and to win a prize. Click here.