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Call for Photographs: Submission Deadline 1/29/2020


The call is open to all but should have photos taken in only in the South Asian region.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 29th, 2020

The South Asian Journal of Law, Policy, and Social Research


The Exhibition on Gender-based Violence in South Asia, Curated by Prof. (Dr.) Farhat Basir Khan,

invites submissions of photographs / photo features on the topic

Send your submissions to

The Editorial Board of the South Asian Journal of Law, Policy, and Social Research (SAJLPSR), in cooperation with the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester and Prof. Farhat Basir Khan at Jamia Millia Islamia, invites the submission of photographs by photographers, academics, members of the media, and development professionals for the 1st issue of the Journal centered around Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in countries under the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The peer reviewed journal will be published with a DOI and ISSN hosted on the SSRN, an open access e-Library, as well as in a limited print run.

This curated group photography exhibition will examine the contemporary prevalence and manifestation of gender-based violence in the SAARC region, focusing on the process and diversity of observation, interpretation, and/or documentation of these forms of violence. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness and to provide potential remedies to end gender-based violence.


Under the broader umbrella topic of manifestations of and solutions to Gender Based Violence (GBV) in SAARC Nations, the photographers, media professionals, and activist-academicians are requested to explore any theme including but not limited to one or several of the following sub themes:

  • Sexual harassment of women at workplace / educational institutions

  • Women in war or conflict zones

  • Violence against women through economic, political, or social disenfranchisement

  • Women in public spaces / women in the urban public spaces

  • Women as part of community, family, and society

  • Community efforts in educating against gender-based violence

  • Coalitions and alliances towards ending gender-based violence

  • Recognition of the work: Selected entries will be exhibited in March, 2020, at New Delhi. All entries selected for the exhibition will receive a certificate of exhibition.

  • Publication: Selected images may also be published in the special edition of the peer reviewed journal on Gender-based Violence (SAJLPSR)

  • All the winners and the shortlisted entries will be notified by email.

Submission Guidelines & Details:

  • Image Formats/ requirements: provide a high-resolution file.

  • Rename the image with your Firstname_Lastname_001.

  • Each submission must be accompanied by a title and a written note describing the significance, location, and date of the image.

  • Each submission must also be accompanied by a written text with the message the photographer wishes to convey, containing a maximum of 250 words.

  • Entries should not be stamped with any signature/watermark/name/logo.

  • Contact & Queries: Direct any questions to

Selection/ Acceptance:

All submissions are subject to the final double-blind peer review process before being selected for publication or for the exhibition.

About the Journal:

The South Asian Journal of Law, Policy, and Social Research (SAJLPSR) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal that aims to create an interdisciplinary research platform that will foster prospective solutions to legal and social issues in South Asian countries. The journal publishes original works of research bi-annually, with each issue focusing on a central theme that promotes legal and social science research. The theme for this 1st special edition of the journal is Mitigating Gender-based Violence. Future special edition issues will follow focusing on public health issues such as child abuse and environmental law, in an effort to promote policy created from evidence-based social science, as well as bringing together interdisciplinary researchers and policy makers through colloquia and a shared spaces to engage in robust dialogue.

About the Exhibition:

It’s been over three decades since Nobel Laureate and famous economist Prof. Amartya Sen coined the term, ‘Missing Women’, to put the spotlight on gender bias in mortality in large parts of Asia and Africa. Millions of women are killed through female infanticide or are simply unable to achieve their full potential due to inequitable access to opportunities and resources. The impact of lost opportunities, the violation of human rights, and the inability of developing nations and emerging economies undergoing turmoil to safeguard its female population are felt sharply in these countries, impacting not just skewed human development but also deterring the growth potential of the entire society. The central themes of this exhibition are the ability to form safe relationships in both private and public spaces, ideas about female agency and voice, and the many ways in which women suffer even after they find their voice. It is ambitious in scope and reflects the quest to inform policy making not only through research but also through visual culture, social anthropology, and a deep dive into not only the various ways women experience violence but also the problem-solving measures which researchers, development professionals, and visual artists can recommend through their work—a community-driven, bottom-up approach to problem solving. As a feminist first and then a lens-based artist and activist academician, Prof. Farhat Basir Khan is invested in the project to understand and develop the framework with the good people of FAITH, the Susan B Anthony Center, the University of Rochester, Jamia Millia Islamia, and all participating artists to power a movement and inspire change as we celebrate women at work, at play, in their homes, in leadership roles, and at the ballot boxes. It is time to unshackle and mitigate all forms of gender-based violence and therefore this exhibition brings to the forefront newer voices which see and now must tell powerful and deeply impactful stories ushering in change. The publication of independent photographs and photofeatures in an academic journal and an exhibition on the connected theme are groundbreaking new efforts. We hope to see not just images being exhibited but also to nudge the discipline and change society through peer reviewed academic publications, where camera can be used like a pen, towards a brave new world!

Rules, Process & Important Dates:

  • Submit images on or before the 29th January, 2020, by emailing them or using any other transfer methods like google drive , wetransfer and others at

  • The exhibition will be held in New Delhi March, 2020.

  • The entrant must be sole author of his/her submitted work.

  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent, or other objectionable or inappropriate content are ineligible.

  • Photos that involve harassment of wildlife, damage to the environment by the photographer, or putting animals or humans in danger are ineligible.

  • The photographer is responsible for obtaining the necessary permission from the individuals depicted, if required and is solely responsible for any issues arising from the display or publication of such material.

  • The curator and all partner organizations have the right to use all photos for informational and promotional purposes with credit to the photographer.

  • Your entering of this contest signifies your acceptance of all terms and rules of the contest.

  • The curator’s decision will be final and binding on the final selection.

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