IHL Competition: Human Stories

Win a trip to Wellington for a two-day IHL workshop in August 2019.

We want to help develop new voices and new ways to tell the human stories about humanitarian challenges. So we're launching a competition to find new humanitarian leaders! 

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions which were signed in 1949. The Geneva Conventions highlight the link between humanitarian law and humanitarian action - a crucial feature of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

All young adults (aged 18 to 30) are invited to enter our national competition about the rules of war and why they matter. Think about creative ways you can answer these questions:

  • What do the rules of war mean to you? 
  • Why are they important?

Your entry can be in any format, for example:

  • Video (video selfies, vlogs)
  • Art (painting, photography, sculpture, sketches)
  • Writing (poetry, blogs, essays)
  • Presentations (PPTs, video essays, speeches)
  • Digital/new media (podcasts, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook stories)

The prize

Up to 10 people will be selected to receive a trip to Wellington, including flights and accommodation, for a two-day workshop for new humanitarian leaders. The workshop will focus on humanitarian challenges in IHL and developing skills to tell the human stories behind those challenges, especially about the laws of war.

There will also be the opportunity to attend a parliamentary event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.

The workshop will take place on 5-6 August 2019.


The resources on our IHL page will give you a good introduction to IHL. Once you've checked those out, here are some further resources with more detail about IHL in action:

Competition criteria

Each entry, in any format, will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How it answers the two questions/convey important messages about IHL
  • Originality, creativity and uniqueness 
  • Quality and overall artistic impression
  • Ability to inspire and inform
  • Upholding human dignity and promoting non-violence and peace

Closing date for entries is 30 June 2019.

The judging panel will be made up of New Zealand Red Cross and external partners.

How to enter

Alongside your entry, you must supply the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Region
  • Email address
  • One of the following two statements:
"I agree to this entry being used by New Zealand Red Cross in print or online to promote awareness and understanding of international humanitarian law, with my name attached."


"I agree to this entry being used anonymously by New Zealand Red Cross in print or online to promote awareness and understanding of international humanitarian law."

Other optional information you can include:

  • Phone number
  • Description or explanation of your entry (max 100 words)

Entries should be emailed to ihl@redcross.org.nz

If needed, entries can be posted to: 

IHL Competition, New Zealand Red Cross, PO Box 12140, Wellington 6144.

Entries must be either emailed or postmarked before 11pm, 30 June 2019.

Terms and conditions

1. Any entry using abusive or offensive language or imagery, or that runs counter to our Fundamental Principles, will not be considered.

2. Any late or incomplete entries will not be considered. All email entries must be received by 11pm, 30 June 2019. Any posted entries must be postmarked on or before 30 June 2019.

3. All entries must be in English.

4. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 years as of 30 June 2019.

5. Expenses covered will be accommodation, flights/transport within New Zealand and food for the duration required to complete official activities. Service providers will be at the discretion of New Zealand Red Cross.

6. The workshop will be held over two working days in early August, specific dates to be confirmed. All successful applicants must be able to make themselves available to attend.

7. The judging panel’s decision is final.

8. Applicants must be currently living in New Zealand.

9. Submission of a complete entry gives New Zealand Red Cross permission to use the entry to promote awareness and understanding of IHL and Red Cross’ work via social media, online and print.

10. Personal details will be kept confidential and will not be used for any purpose beyond the competition, without explicit permission. Your details will not be sold or given to third parties.


Download the poster to put on your local notice board.