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Water Integrity in Pictures: the Impact of Corruption

The best photos from the 2009 photo competition

The 2009 WIN photo competition rewards photo visualizing either the impact of corruption and/or anti-corruption efforts in the water sector. Here are the top 10 submissions.


1st place – Gregory Wait

The Buriganga River flows through Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. People wash and fish in this poisonous river. Thousands of tonnes of tannery waste, human sewage and industrial waste flow into the river daily. Government inaction is incomprehensible.


Top 10 – Stephen Voss

A fisherman examined his net casting it in the polluted waters of a river in Shengiu County. After an hour, he caught ten fishes with blisters on their bodies.


Top 10 – Stephen Voss

Wastewater comes out of a pipe at the state-owned Lianhua MSG Factory. Lianhua is the largest producer of MSG in China and the largest polluter in the Huai River Basin.


Top 10 – Pablo Alfredo de Luca

“DROUGHT! Because of the lack of water ground cracked commonly appear in the “High sertão” of the State of Alagoas, Brazil. Temperatures reach up to 45° C during the long summer, in addition to no rain.


Top 10 – Stephen Voss

Debris lies near a pipe that released polluted water from the Lianhua MSG Factory in China. Villagers protested the secret dumping after many became sick with intestinal ailments.


Top 10 – Jos Butenop

Government neglect of populations versus UN-support to refugees. Water supply of Afghan refugees in Western Pakistan (near Quetta) is compromised by uncontrolled diverting of water from surrounding host villages, which have no access to safe drinking water.


Top 10 – Pattabi Raman

Migrant workers in the city of Bangalore, India collect water from the leakage of a pipe that carries water to various apartments. These workers lack drinking water facility and they depend on the available water source. The picture conveys the impact of the failed (corrupted) public distribution system in providing drinking water.


Top 10 – Marco Betti

Women face problems with no property rights, no housing and lower literacy. “By becoming water pump mechanics we have more control, this helps change people’s attitudes.” Sheela Singh, Mahoba, India.


Top 10 – Marco Betti

“No one would let us touch the village water point,” explains Ram Rati Malik from Beli, Nepal. Her ethnic group were excluded and so had to drink water from this pond


Top 10 – Pablo Alfredo de Luca

Rio Ipanema in the region of “Sertão” of the State of Alagoas, Brazil, has been providing a basic source of water for many of the residents.

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