Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders: Photo prize

The prize

A competition for photography and peace has been launched, as part of the unique Tomorrow’s Peace-builders awards. These global awards for local peacebuilding are offering $1,000 as a prize for the photo that best illustrates local peacebuilding in action, or best communicates this theme.

We are looking for photos that illustrate the theme of ‘local peacebuilding’.

They should capture the essence of local people actively building peace in their communities or localities, anywhere in the world. This means people who are: preventing conflict...resolving conflict as it happens...healing the effects of conflict...engaging in nonviolent action (sit-ins, marches), or creative actions (theatre, handing out flowers to oppressors) ….activities that are building long-term peace.

Photographs can also be symbolic, communicating these themes.

Background information

Conflict can be interpreted widely, but does not mean domestic or criminal violence. It does mean military conflict, gang warfare or political/social unrest.

For definitions and examples of local peacebuilding, see

For a fuller list of nonviolent action, see and futher information on Non-Violent Action by USIP, see:

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 peace-builders 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.

Why photography?

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, with absolute creative license. Photographs can be staged, spontaneous, narrative, symbolic...

Photography is capable of revealing truths in ways other media cannot. Lives depend on our understanding of conflicts and how best to resolve them. Through your unique lens, you can help us shed light on the tireless reconciliation efforts of peace-builders across the globe.

The prize

Photo equipment worth $1000.

Publication on the Peace Direct website and in publicity material relating to the awards.

How to enter

  • Deadline for submission is 30th June 2018.
  • Please submit up to 3 images. All must be taken by yourself.
  • Send images as attachments in one single email, to [email protected]. No other way of submitting will be accepted.
  • The filename of each image must include the surname of the entrant.
  • Images should be lo-res jpegs, with a maximum file size of 1 MB.
  • We will request hi-res versions of any shortlisted images in due course. So please do not submit images for which you do not have hi-res versions. See ‘Shortlist’ section below.
  • Images should be accompanied by brief caption info, stating the entrant’s full name, photo location and date, what is happening in the image and, if you like, a title.
  • Images that have been significantly manipulated or altered in post-production (e.g. with Photoshop) will be disqualified. See below. The judges’ opinion on this is absolute.
  • By submitting an entry you are acknowledging agreement to the terms and conditions.

Terms & Conditions

By entering for the photo prize, you are agreeing to these Terms & Conditions.

Digital manipulation

You may use digital manipulation to optimise an image, and you may crop an image, but you are not permitted to add or remove key elements of the composition. Brightness, contrast, colour balance can all be adjusted. Dust spots and minor elements etc can be retouched. Images can be sharpened before printing. The judges have the discretion to reject any image which has been, in their opinion, over-manipulated, removing the integrity of the original image. Composite or montaged images, from more than one original image are not eligible. Entrants submitting prize-winning entries will, on request, be required to produce the original image file before a prize is awarded.


The following are disqualified:

  • Non-photographic work of any kind. Video, animation, artworks.
  • Images that have been significantly manipulated or altered in post-production (see above).
  • Images taken before 2016.
  • Images previously published in mainstream media. (Images published on entrants’ personal digital platforms/channels are eligible.)

The following are eligible:

  • Colour, black and white, and panoramic images.
  • Images shot on smartphones and tablets, provided that they have been taken on a 5 megapixel or higher phone camera. (Image metadata will be checked to ensure compliance.)


Entrants who are shortlisted will be emailed to ask for hi-res versions of their image. Hi-res means the original images must be high enough resolution to be printed at 30cm x 25cm (3600 pixels along longest length) at 300dpi. We will also ask shortlisted entrants for a short biography.

Ethics and consent

You should follow good practice in relation to taking the image, including seeking consent from subjects who feature prominently. For sample guidelines, see:

We reserve the right to ask shortlisted applicants for evidence that they have followed good practice in relation to their image.


The entrant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all images entered. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not the organisers, to ensure that they comply with the ownership and copyright requirements, and own the rights to reproduction of their images. Entries that do not fulfil these criteria will be deemed ineligible and disqualified. Where this is discovered after the prize has been awarded, the prize must be returned or refunded by the entrant. Entrants agree to fully indemnify Peace Direct and its sponsors and employees in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of the entrant breaching any of the foregoing.

How your photos may be used

Peace Direct will shortlist a small number of entries. Shortlisted entries will be published by Peace Direct online and in connection with the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards. You will be informed before your entries are published online and retrain full rights to the images. Full credit will be included.

If you accept the prize for the overall photography award, in doing so you will grant Peace Direct rights to use the image in any context worldwide, without further payment. This is a non-exclusive license and you are free to use the images elsewhere.

If your photo is not shortlisted it will not be published or used by Peace Direct in any form. By entering these awards, you agree to these terms.

Privacy Notice

Names and contact details emailed to us with your entry will be held by us, and shared with our U.S. office, solely for the purposes of judging your entry. We will use these to communicate about the progress of the application. Personal data will be stored on Microsoft SharePoint (and is thus accessible by Microsoft and our IT support service provider Softwerx according to agreements which only allow them access to our data in order to provide the services we have contracted them for). Personal information will be destroyed once the winning entry has accepted their prize.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]