Winners of the International Women in Mining Impact and Influence Photo Competition 2017

Published: 29/05/2017

International Women in Mining (IWiM) is excited to announce the winners of its photo competition sponsored by De Beers.

Over 200 inspirational photos were received that illustrate the significant positive contributions that women are making in achieving an inclusive, thriving, safe and responsible mining industry.

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A short list of photos under the themes Impact and Influence, Mentoring, Leadership and Initiative were judged by:

• Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group
• Dr Sharman Stone, Ambassador for Women and Girls, Australia
• Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
• Franz Gonzalez, Analyst, Ministry of Development Planning, Bolivia
• Nelia Halcon, Executive Vice President, Chamber of Mines, The Philippines
• Veronica Nyhan Jones, Global Head Advisory Services for Infrastructure & Natural Resources, IFC


Impact and Influence
Congratulations to Impact and Influence grand prize winner Elsa Nielsen, a jackleg miner at Goldcorp – Hoyle Pond Mine, Canada whose image “They thought I couldn’t do it” demonstrates a woman’s strength, tenacity and determination to achieve against all odds.

Congratulations also to 1st runner up Candy McKenzie, Nickel West, Australia the first female Furnace Superintendent in 44 years of the operation, who leads a 50-strong team and 2nd runner up Aleksandra Cholewa, Pluto Investment AG, Poland who says “listen to the lady….feel the mine.”

The Leadership prize is awarded to New Gold Inc – New Afton Mine, Canada, whose photo embodies the company motto “Proud Past, Bright Future, Together We Succeed.”

Candy McKenzie, Nickel West, Australia wins the Mentoring prize for the image that shows mentoring in tapping 1,150 degree molten material in a nickel smelter.

The Initiative prize is awarded to Rosey Perkins, UK, a field gemologist and gemological photo journalist, for a photo that illustrates the resilience of a mother to provide for her family in Madagascar.

People’s Choice
The People’s Choice winner is Karly Winfield, Technical Sales Consultant at Provix, Canada. In her photo, she demonstrates remote operation and monitoring capabilities at Cortez mine, a “safer operation = enhanced production and efficiency.”

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who entered!

The winning photos can be viewed below and on Flickr.

IWiM will be working with partner organisations to showcase and celebrate this collection of women’s achievement in the mining industry. If you are interested in hosting an exhibition of the photos please contact Muza at

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