WIN photo and design competition 2020: Now OPEN!

Integrity in urban water and sanitation

To participate, please submit your images with captions and the signed Terms and Conditions form, by 23:59 CET Sunday 16 February 2020 to winphotocomp(at)gmail(dot)com.



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

  • First place: 700 Euro prize cash prize
  • Runners-up: 200 Euro cash prize each.

Special prize for young artists: one prize will be awarded in this category.

  • Special prize: 300 Euro cash prize.


Integrity and corruption in urban water and sanitation

Nearly 7 out of 10 people will live in urban areas by 2050. As the urban population booms, it is a major challenges to ensure provision of sustainable water and sanitation services, particularly to poor communities and those living in informal settlements.

Corruption and a lack of integrity compound this challenge. They drain financing from the sector, by, for example, siphoning funds out of the system, directing services delivery to specific groups, delivering sub-standard or dysfunctional services, employing incompetent people to manage water and sanitation services. Without addressing these twin issues, it is unlikely that the Sustainable Development Goals will be met.

This year’s photo and design competition focuses on the dynamics of corruption and integrity in the urban water and sanitation sector. We ask contestants to send us images that show either side of the coin: the damaging effect of corruption on service provision in cities in the era of climate change, or the way integrity (and its pillars Transparency, Accountability, Participation, and Anti-corruption) can make a difference to support service delivery and ensure we leave no one behind.

Participants are invited to share their vision and submit up to two images that examine these complex dynamics, along with captions or short descriptions for each image.

For the first time, we are going beyond photography and welcoming entries that include visual art work (graphic design, painting, illustrations etc.).

Our jury of water and media specialists will select the winning images.

All shortlisted photos will be displayed on the WIN website and be part of the design of the next Water Integrity Global Outlook 2021 publication.

Winners will be announced on World Water Day, 22 March 2020.


Terms and conditions

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A stellar jury of journalists, photographers, media and water sector experts will be judging the competition. Good luck!


Ana Tudela and Antonio Delgado, investigative data journalists at Datatista. They released an expose on the systematic breakdown that has led to the pollution of the Mar Menor in Spain with the support of the WIN investigative journalism fund. Ana Tudela, co-founder of Datadista, investigative journalist and writer was part of the founding team of El Economista, Público and El Español as editor of economics and business and was Chief of Contents in the spanish edition of Forbes. She collaborates with Jot Down, Vanity Fair, El País, El Diario, La Sexta and Ctxt. She is the author of Crisis S.A. (Akal, 2014) and co-author of Playa Burbuja (Datadista, 2018), research on the consequences of the bubble real estate on the Mediterranean peninsular coast. Antonio Delgado, co-founder of Datadista, data journalist and researcher, is specialized in visualization and editorial innovation. He has been responsible for Editorial Innovation in Weblogs, Head of the Data Unit of El Español and Project Manager in Vocento. He is co-author of Playa Burbuja (Datadista, 2018). Both journalists are also collaborating professors for different master’s degree programmes in investigative and data journalism.


Margarita Gutiérrez Vizcaino, an environmental engineer, Water and Sanitation advocate and development and gender expert. She works with the Cántaro Azul Foundation in Mexico, directing the area of systemic change and advocacy with a focus on triggering change to strengthen water, hygiene and sanitation services, mainly in rural and marginalized communities in Mexico. She is an Environmental Engineer from ITESO in Guadalajara, Mexico and a Master of Science in Integrated Watershed Management from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. She has professional training in Popular Education, gender and rural development. She has led and participated in development and research processes for integrated watershed management and the strengthening of community water management in territories such as the Santiago river basin in Jalisco, the micro watershed of the La Suiza river in the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve and in communities in the highlands of Chiapas.


Shahab Naseri, award-winning photographer: Shahab is a contemporary photographer and the winner of the WIN photo competition 2019. He has a degree in photography from the Iranian Youth Cinema Society and CBT coaching certificate. His first individual exhibition was held in Sanandaj in 2016. Shahab has taught photography and held photography workshops in some institutions in the west of Iran. He was one of the winners of Lensculture’s Emerging Talents 2018 and the winner of many other Contests such as Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship, WIN Photo, Movo Photography, Allard Prize, Muhammad Ali Center, MEI Photography, CGAP Photo and the 78th International Photographic Salon of Japan. His works have been featured in the Siena International Photo Awards 2018, the Sony World Photography Award 2018 as well as in HIPA Festival 2017. In 2019, he participated in international group exhibitions including MAMA Modern Art Museum, Italian Cultural association dotART, Paraxis Gallery, Center for Fine Art Photography and PH21 Gallery.


Pat Scheid, open governance and development expert: Pat is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages grants that support open and responsive governance, and promote public participation so that public services work well for citizens.  She focuses on opportunities in West Africa, as well as regional or global programs that will contribute to learning about what works in civil society and citizen monitoring of service delivery. She previously worked at the International Youth Foundation and the Aga Khan Foundation.



Here are the results of previous photo competitions:

2019: Gender and Water Integrity

2018: Where and How Does Money Flow in the Water Sector?

2017: Wastewater and Water Integrity

2013: Cooperation for Integrity

2012: Water Integrity and Water for Food

2011: Water Integrity and Urban Water

2009: The Impact of Corruption in the Water Sector


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