Call for entries: The Safe photography Project

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What does it mean to YOU to feel ‘safe’? Restless Development is looking for 12 young photographers to join the movement to end violence against children – positively disrupting the point of view on an issue affecting half the world’s girls and boys.

When world leaders meet in Colombia this November for the first-ever Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children, the perspectives of young people need to be central to the conversation. Restless Development will be partnering with Conference co-hosts the World Health Organization, government of Colombia, government of Sweden, UNICEF and UN Special Representative on ending violence, to connect Ministers with young people’s realities.

Through ‘Safe’ – a high-profile immersive photo exhibition – we will tell the story of what feeling safe means to young people around the world. 

We are launching a call to find 12 young creatives (aged 18-24), from all regions of the world, who will each produce a photo-essay telling the story of what “safe” feels like to them and/or other children and young people in their community. 

Of the photographs captured by each creative, one striking ‘hero’ image will be featured in the final exhibition, taking centre stage at the historic Ministerial, with the full photo-essay published online through a global media outlet. 

Complete this form to enter:

The application time has now closed. Thank you for your interest.

The pitch must be submitted by Monday, 22nd April. If you have any queries regarding the Safe photography competition, please email them to:

All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of photojournalists, media editors, violence survivors, campaigners and young people from across and beyond Restless Development’s global network.   

If you are one of the 12 young people selected to capture your story, you can expect:

  • A stipend of $1250 as a contribution to your time and costs to be involved in this project.
  • Expert training, coaching and one-to-one support throughout the project.
  • One of your images to be featured in the global Ministerial Conference in November.
  • Your final photo-essay will be published online and may feature in national or global publications.