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

“We were so excited and proud to see how many women embraced the challenge in all four corners of the world and submitted their entries,” says Barbara Dischinger, Founder and Director of IWiM.
Muza Gondwe confirms, “It is a truly global collection showcasing the diversity within gender: ethnicity, race, age, geographical location, professional and artisanal, underground and above ground, job seniority and responsibility to name a few. All of them show passion and determination and are an inspiration to us all.”

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

Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: "It was an honour to be asked to judge this year's International Women in Mining ‘Impact and Influence’ photography competition, which has helped shine a light on the varied and important role of women in the mining sector.”

“At De Beers Group, we believe that by valuing diversity of thought, skills and experience we will be a higher performing business. We are committed to the advancement and empowerment of women and girls, and recognise that creating opportunities and striving for gender equality across all levels of our business will make us that much stronger."

Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals commented that: “We still have a long way to go to achieve gender balance in the mining industry – part of the solution is to help the industry better relate itself to women who may not know much about the sector. I think this competition has helped to do that, by profiling in an engaging way the diversity of roles and working environments enjoyed by women who are already working in the industry.”

Dr Sharman Stone remarked: “Through showcasing the role of women in fields like mining, science and technology we can take steps in improving perceptions about what work women can and should do.”


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.

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"They thought I couldn't do it"

“.. by myself - I cycled a jackleg slash. I mucked out the round before, I bolted up using a jackleg and a stoper installing 8' rebar in the back, 4' rebar in the walls and screened everything, I plotted my slash, marked off my face, and drilled and blasted a slash with the jackleg drill - all by myself. “
Elsa Nielsen
Goldcorp - Hoyle Pond Mine, Canada

1st Runner up
“Candy McKenzie first Female Furnace Superintendent in 44 years of Operation leading a 50-strong team.”
Candy McKenzie Nickel West, Australia

2nd Runner up
“Listen to the lady…. feel the mine first.”
Aleksandra Cholewa
Pluto Investment A, Poland

“Our site motto is Proud Past, Bright Future, Together We Succeed. This picture embodies our motto and features one of our Female Geologists looking out at our live pile.”

New Gold Inc. - New Afton Mine

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 for a photo that illustrates the resilience of a mother to provide for her family in Madagascar.

The People’s Choice winner is Karly Winfield, Canada. In her photo, she demonstrates remote operation and monitoring capabilities at Cortez mine, a “safer operation = enhanced production and efficiency.”
The winning photos can be viewed on Flickr.

The first prize winner receives a camera kit valued at US$1,000 and runners up US$600 and US$400 Amazon gift cards, with category winners receiving US$250 Amazon gift cards each.
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


Bolivia, Estado Plurinacional de

17th March 2018

Gracias por incluirme en el proceso de juzgar en el Concurso de fotografías de la participación de la mujer en la minería.

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