© GMB Akash, WIN photo competition winner 2011

Photo Competition: integrity in wastewater management

Visualizing Integrity in Wastewater Management

How does corruption and malpractice affect water and wastewater management? What does integrity in wastewater management mean? How can we visualize it?

Your photos could have the power to reflect how increased water integrity can change the water sector and improve lives.

For WIN’s annual photo competition, share your vision! Submit up to two photos showing the impact of corruption and/or integrity at work in wastewater management.

Our jury of water and media specialists will select the winning photo and reward the winner with a 1000 USD voucher for photography equipment. Winners will be announced on World Water Day 2017, 22 March 2017. All shortlisted photos will be displayed on the WIN website.

Photo competition  //  Prize: 1000 EUR voucher for photo equipment   //  Deadline: midnight, 31 January 2017
Photo competition         First prize: 1000 USD voucher for photo equipment                 Deadline: 23:59 CET,              31 January 2017

© Hansa Tangmanpoowadol, WIN photo competition winner 2013


Terms and conditions and selection criteria

To participate, send in one to two photos before 23:59 CET on 31 January 2017 with captions, along with a signed competition terms form at winphotocomp(at)win-s(dot)org.

The jury will select the winner by considering the following criteria: balance, message, aesthetic quality, and caption.

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The Jury

Magdalena Mis


Magdalena Mis is a Thomson Reuters Foundation journalist, based in London. She covers global water issues, development, crises, food, climate change and human rights. She previously worked as a photographer in Britain and North America.





Fredrick Mugira


Fredrick Mugira is a Ugandan multiple award-winning water journalist, media trainer and development communication specialist with over 15 years of wide-ranging experience. He has reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and most recently in Asia. He has also won various continental and national journalism awards including: the prestigious CNN/Multichoice African Journalist award in 2009; the UN Development Journalism Award in 2013; the highly competitive 2015 CCMP Fellowship for international Journalists and the CSE Media Fellowship Programme for the Global South in 2016. He heads Water Journalists Africa, a network of some 700 journalists from 50 African countries who report on water.


Grit Martinez


Grit Martinez is a social scientist specialist in applied research on water governance and sustainability. She is a Senior Fellow with the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and Assoc. Research Professor at the department of Anthropology in the College of Behavioral Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Washington D.C. She specializes in stakeholders path dependencies and socio-cultural values – perceptions, behaviour and motivation for change – towards water integrity. Moreover, she is specialized in teaching and organizing workshops for environmental management training programs for developing and emerging countries, research institutes and universities.


Alex Macbeth


Alex Macbeth is a journalist with a decade of experience. He contributed to The Africa Report for more than six years, as well as the BBC, the Ecologist and other dailies and trade magazines. He is the founder of Festival Fim do Caminho.

Since 2012, Alex has been an editor and project consultant on several projects in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa at Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT), based in Berlin. In 2015, Alex edited a report for MICT about water management in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Orphan River. The report was sponsored by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).


Miranda Mens


Miranda Mens is expert in Strategic PR and works as a consultant for the Dutch water sector. It’s her mission to raise awareness about climate change and water through media. Over the years, she has worked with Newsweek, Time Magazine, Economist, and several other international media outlets. As a former journalist, she knows that the voices of the people find more audience than officials normally will, and that images speak louder than words. With this trademark, she is able to influence the public on societal themes including floods and drought. Miranda believes that a good reputation can only be achieved through transparency, authentic behavior and societal engagement.


See previous photo competition winners

WIN photo competition 2009: the impact of  corruption in the water sector

WIN photo competition 2011: urban water

WIN photo competition 2012: water for food

WIN photo competition 2013: cooperation in water


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