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WIN Photography Competition 2018: win a USD1000 voucher for photo equipment

Theme: Where and How Does Money Flow in the Water Sector?

How is money allocated for water infrastructure and services?
What are examples of effective or wasteful money management in the water sector?
How does an individual’s access to money affect their access to water?


These are questions WIN is tackling this year as we focus on raising awareness about how integrity in money management affects the water sector – and we’re calling on photographers to explore this theme visually!

Money plays a huge role in the water sector; it is needed for infrastructure, operation, and maintenance to deliver clean water and sanitation services. The management of water as a resource also requires money for projects such as irrigation systems, dams, reservoirs, and environmental clean-up. Sometimes this money is effectively used, resulting in successful programmes and projects that deliver safe water and sanitation to citizens and ensure sustainable water resource management. In other cases, money is not honestly spent on its intended purpose, or simply poorly managed, meaning that money can leak out of the water sector, even when it is desperately needed.

This year, WIN invites photographers to examine the relationship between money and water; how it manifests in both cities and rural areas, and how it is affected by integrity! This relationship is intricate and multi-faceted, and we want your images to reflect that as much as possible – so feel free to flex those creative muscles!

To enter

Simply send up to TWO original, hi-resolution images related to the theme to winphotocomp[@]win-s.org via a large file sharing service (for example WeTransfer, TransferNow, Google Drive…)

In your message, please include:

  • your full name
  • captions for the images
  • a signed competition terms form – AVAILABLE HERE:


Our judging panel of water and media specialists will select the winning photo from the two categories, and the winner of the Overall Best Photo will receive a 1000 USD voucher for photography equipment. Winners will be announced on World Water Day 2018, 22 March 2018, and all shortlisted photos will be displayed on the WIN website.

The closing date for entries is 23:59 CET on 16 February 2018. Any entries received after this time will not be considered.



Best Overall Photo – awards will be given for 1st place and two runners up.

Best Smartphone Photo – one award will be given for this category.

Full details about requirement, judging criteria, and prizes can be found here – WIN Photo Competition Terms and Conditions 2018.


Jury Members:

Dr Tania Rodiger-Vorwerk – Deputy Director General for Environment and Infrastructure, Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ)


Dr Tania Rodiger-Vorwek has served on multiple positions for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, currently holding the position of Deputy Director General at Directorate 31: Environment and Infrastructure. Prior to her work at the ministry, she was Deputy Head of the Department of International Affairs and Protocol of the city of Bonn, and strongly involved in the change management and the United Nations settlement after reunification.

She holds a PhD in European Environmental Law, and was formerly co-chair of the UN Habitat III Secretariat. She is also currently the Vice President of REN21.


Marcio Pimenta – Photographer


Marcio Pimenta studied Economics at Salvador University, and hold a PhD in American Studies from the University of Santiago de Chile. He moved to photography after finishing his studies, and in 2014, covered the biggest environmental tragedy in the history of Brazil. Throughout 2016 and 2017, he travelled to Iraq to cover the war against the Islamic State. His work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, El Pais, and Die Zeit, amongst others.

In 2016 he received the Petrobras Journalism Award for his work for National Geographic on the water crisis in south-east Brazil. In the same year he also received the Massey Ferguson Prize for Photojournalism.

He currently lives in Brazil.


Abraham Abhishek – Program Manager, MetaMeta Communications


Abraham Abhishek is a Program Manager at MetaMeta, where his responsibilities include designing and implementing interventions that use photo/video as tools for research, advocacy, and communications. He has produced several videos and documentaries for TheWaterChannel (www.thewaterchannel.tv). This includes several productions on the topic of water integrity.

His past experiences include field reporting and production for Reuters’ Television News’ Subcontinent Bureau, and various responsibilities as part of documentary film production teams in India.


Marketa Hulpachova – Journalist and Media Consultant


Marketa Hulpachova is an investigative journalist, media consultant, and entrepreneur focusing on the Middle East and Central Asia. As part of her consulting work with journalists and media organisations in Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, she co-edited Orphan River, an influential cross-border report on water security in the Kabul River Basin for the Stockholm International Water Institute (www.siwi.org).

She has reported extensively for The Guardian from the region, including on water security issues.

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