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Nominate a peacemaker for the Sydney Peace Prize

Nominations for 2024 are now closed. 2025 nominations will be accepted after July 2024. 

For over 20 years, the Sydney Peace Prize has brought inspiring and exemplary stories of courage and dedication to global justice to the Australian and Sydney stage. The Prize creates a platform for recipients to spread their messages far and wide, recognises the work of the world’s most effective peacemakers, and honours the remarkable people at the heart of these stories.

Each recipient shows us how we can live together in peace, with justice, equality and compassion for those around us, sharing our planet with respect for our environment on which all life depends.

Everyone can nominate

The Sydney Peace Foundation welcomes nominations of high impact individuals, organisations and movements from across the world. The Sydney Peace Prize is Australia’s international prize for peace, and each winner inspires us to be the change we want to see.

Who have you been admiring from afar? Who has global impact? Who you want to see on the Sydney stage?

Whose message needs to be heard by the Australian community, media, corporate world and politicians?

Nominate them for the Prize!

Submit a nomination online

Since 1998 the Jury has selected recipients from wide and diverse fields.

Some laureates help families overcome poverty and live in dignity, courageously champion the rights of indigenous peoples, or fight racial oppression. Others have made it their mission to reconcile people and nations, take on the powers destroying the environment on which we all depend, or promote nonviolence, demanding aggressors put down their weapons and abolish weapons of mass terror.

The recipient is awarded a $50,000 prize to further their cause of peace with justice and a hand-made glass trophy crafted by Australian artist Brian Hirst. They spend a week in Sydney to promote understanding of their work by engaging with the media and policy makers, addressing the public at the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, and meeting with students at Cabramatta High School’s Peace Day.

How is a recipient selected?

The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded to an individual or organisation. A jury of carefully selected and highly respected members who represent community, academic, corporate, and media sector interests – assesses the merits of the nominees’ efforts to promote peace with justice.

When deciding on a winner, they consider a three key selection criteria.

The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded to an organisation or an individual whose life and work has demonstrated significant contributions to: 

  • The achievement of peace with justice locally, nationally or internationally
  • The promotion and attainment of human rights
  • The philosophy, language and practice of nonviolence