16 Sep 2019



UN Youth Impact and Canon Netherlands are delighted to announce a photography competition as part of the run-up to The Hague Just Peace Festival during the weekend of 20th to 22nd of September. By submitting an entry, you have the chance to win a CANON Zoemini S – Instant Camera.


Canon’s philosophy is Kyosei, which is Japanese for living and working together for the common good. In leveraging the power of storytelling, we can contribute to the development of peaceful and sustainable cities. We can empower young people to tell visual stories about the need for change using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework.


UN Youth Impact is a youth-led organisation based in The Hague and Leiden. It aims to create a network of students around The Netherlands to engage in the UN and its strategies for youth. It aspires to amplify youth voices and empower them in the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Agenda. To do this, UN Youth Impact helps young people to contribute toward reaching the SDGs on a local level, thus acting under a ‘Think Global, Act Local’ banner. It runs monthly challenges and organises events every few months relating to particular SDGs. The UN Youth Impact project runs as part of the activities of the Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, a position held by Prof. Alanna O’Malley at Leiden University and the Hague University of Applied Sciences.


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About the competition:

We are asking participants to take a picture of something that represents peace from their point of view. This can be anything! Whether it’s food, animals, landscapes, or something more abstract, we ask participants to photograph something that brings them peace. We also ask for between 50 and 150 words in which you explain why this photograph represents for you, or brings you peace. Please also accompany your photo with a title (50 characters max.).


Ten shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed at The Hague University of Applied Sciences during our Just Peace event on 16th September. From these, three winners will be chosen by a panel of 5 judges.


A registration link below, along with more information, guidelines, and rules.

Start thinking about what you might like to photograph!




Guidelines document


The rules and codes of ethics document