2019 Photo Competition Open – Gender and Water Integrity

Win a voucher worth USD1000 and more!

Through the Gender Lens: Action, Participation and the Fight Against Corruption in Water

WIN is excited to launch the 2019 instalment of our annual photo competition! See last year’s top 10 images.

We want photographers to capture the relationship between gender, participation, and the fight against corruption in different ways, across various cultures and locations. Participants are invited to submit up to two photographs that examine these complex elements through your own lens, and we encourage photographers to share your vision of a world working toward increased water integrity, and improved participation across genders such as:

  • Non-traditional community leaders improving integrity and transparency
  • Participation of all genders in management and decision-making around services
  • Activists striving to hold service providers and government to account
  • Overcoming obstacles to achieve equal access and fair distribution

Our jury of water and media specialists will select the winning photos from the two categories; Best Overall Photo, and Best Smartphone Photo. Winners will be announced on World Water Day, 22 March 2019. All shortlisted photos will be displayed on the WIN website.


Best Overall Photo: three prizes will be awarded in this category, one for first place, and two runners up.

  • 1st Place – $1,000 voucher for photography equipment/software.
  • Runners-Up – $250 voucher for photography equipment/software.

Best Smartphone Photo: one prize will be awarded in this category.

  • 1st Place – $100 voucher for smartphone photography equipment/applications.

To participate, please submit your photo with captions and the signed Terms and Conditions form (submissions not including a signed Terms and Conditions form will not be considered), by 23:59 CET Sunday 17 February 2019 to winphotocomp@win-s.org via WeTransfer.



Jury members:

Antoine Delepièr, water and sanitation expert, and photographer
UNDP, based with SIWI (secondment for French FoA Ministry)

Antoine is an International Water and Sanitation expert at UNDP’s Water & Ocean Governance Programme, based with the UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Antoine has over 19 years’ experience with water and sanitation development. With a focus on the water and sanitation service delivery, operation, and maintenance management, Antoine works within cross-cutting issues of environmental and social impact, disaster risk reduction, and human rights. He has advocated for the importance of human rights-based approach in humanitarian response. His most recent work focuses on accountability and sustainability aspects in relation to water and sanitation management. Antoine received first place in WIN’s 2018 photography competition. www.antoinedelepiere.com


Diana Suhardiman, Senior Researcher – Policy and Institutions
Governance and Gender Research Group Lead

Diana Suhardiman has over 15 years of experience in natural resources governance with particular focus on water and land governance in Asia. Currently a Senior Researcher – Policy and Institutions and Research Group Leader Governance and Gender at the International Water Management Institute, her research focuses on the complex and contested nature of water governance across scale, from transboundary to local. Looking at the multilevel policy and institutional analysis at the intersection of water, land, environment and energy in various countries in Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Nepal, Indonesia), her research contests the predominantly a-political approach to economic development as means to benefit the greater common goods, and the way transfer of knowledge and technology is framed merely as technical, managerial issues. Diana’s most recent research focuses on the close interlinkages between natural resource governance and state transformation processes, in which she looks at the politics of river basin planning in Nepal, and the territorial politics in water governance and hydropower development in Myanmar. Prior to joining IWMI, Diana received a PhD at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, where her research focused on the role of government bureaucracies in shaping water policy formulation and implementation in Indonesia. She is the author of more than 40 peer reviewed publications, including the recently edited book Water Governance and Collective Action: Multi-scale Challenges (2017).




Nidhi Jamwal, independent journalist

Nidhi Jamwal is an independent journalist based in Mumbai, India. For the last 19 years, she has reported on environment and development issues. Nidhi started her career when she joined the Down To Earth magazine, India’s only science and environment fortnightly, in 1999 where she worked for 12 years. For the last seven years, she has been working independently, and writes for various publications and news portals that include The Wire, Scroll.in, DNA, Down To Earth, India Climate Dialogue, and others. She recently completed two media fellowships: DST-SDC Media Fellowship 2018 on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Indian Himalayan Region; and Informing Change in the Indus Basin of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). She won first prize (internet category) in the All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2015, and won Jury Appreciation Certificate of the Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity 2014-15.


Millerntor Gallery Collective

The Millerntor Gallery is an international art, music and cultural festival initiated by Viva con Agua de Santa Pauli e.V. and FC Sankt Pauli organized by Viva con Agua Arts gGmbH. Their common motto is “Art Creates Water” because they transform art into water. At the same time, inspiring visitors to get into social involvement through the universal languages ​​of art, music,and sport. www.millerntorgallery.org

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