IWiM Photo Campaign
Open to all women in mining
Launched in 2014 | Competition in 2017 | Touring Exhibition 2018-2019 | IDWIM 2022 | IDWIM 2023
- Publicise accurate depictions of women working in mining
- Showcase the amazing variety of roles in which women are employed in mining
- Reflect the growing number of women working in, around and with mining
- Provide younger women with strong role models
- Allow families, friends and stakeholders to understand women’s working conditions
- Support a change in cultural perceptions of women in mining in a male-dominated industry
How it started
This initiative started from a simple realisation: for a long time, even women in mining (WIM) organisations, including IWiM, had trouble finding strong, positive images of women in mining to support their visibility and awareness campaigns. This was also the case for other stakeholders and supporters of the gender parity, diversity and inclusion agenda.
IWiM’s efforts to gather images over the years increased steadily until 2017, when they were boosted by the organisation of a photo competition which attracted significant attention from global businesses, industry associations and international organisations pursuing similar transformation goals in extractives and/or other industrial sectors.
The IWiM Photo Campaign operates a library of high-quality images, which are used to increase awareness of how many women work across all disciplines of the sector and to share important visual stories that celebrate women in mining. To ensure that such positive images are available to all stakeholders, they are made available on request, as stock images under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-
View photos submitted by women working in the mining sector from across the years here.
Find out more about the 2017 Photo Competition
UnEarth Photo Exhibition
In 2018, 40 entries from the photo competition submissions were chosen and turned into panels for a travelling photo exhibition. The Unearth Photo Exhibition was seen at conferences like Mining Indaba in 2018 and PDAC in 2019 and has also been to other countries: Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Chile, USA and Indonesia. Find out more