About the Competition
- Deadline: 14 February 2023
The UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, 22-24 March 2023, is a crucial occasion to take stock of the water situation, jointly reflect and devise meaningful and innovative approaches, and thereby laying out an action agenda to tackle the water crises and help achieve SDG 6. It is clear that meaningful progress to attain SDG 6 can only be made if everyone comes together. Partnership and Cooperation is not just the theme, it is also a demand for the world, countries, organisations, and individuals to come together and join hands, ideas and efforts so that everyone can enjoy access to clean, safe and affordable water.
A picture tells a thousand words. Across history, art has been used as a way to disseminate information, tell stories and inspire action. The winning submissions of this competition wield the power to inspire millions by telling stories of how people come together to improve water resources, connect the unconnected, celebrate life and value nature.
Photography turns abstract concepts into visual realities, tells inspiring stories in an instant, and helps spread awareness of issues through accessible means. We anticipate to elevate inspiring stories of collaboration by hosting this competition.
Building on UNESCO’s cross-disciplinary mandate on culture, education and natural sciences, Water Science Policy, under the patronage of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program, is facilitating this photostory competition. It is intended to:
- Raise awareness on the intertwined relationship between water and the various dimensions of culture, from heritage to arts and creativity, in the past and present;
- Demonstrate how culture could effectively support the sustainable use and management of water;
- Inform on policy-making relating to water use and management, especially using the cross-cutting perspectives of relevant stakeholders, including artists, cultural practitioners and civil society organisations, and contribute to joint actions in the international water agenda.
The three winners will be officially announced on 10th February 2023 and receive a financial prize. The top 15 winning pieces will be exhibited at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, March 2023, a prestigious event which will shape the way we manage water over the next decade. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a photo book and for publication via Water Science Policy’s website. Anyone published receives a free photo book.
- 1st place: 400€ + published via WSPs website + featured in photo-book + free photo-book copy + displayed in New York during UN 2023 Water Conference
- 2nd place: 200€ + published via WSPs website + featured in photo-book + free photo-book copy + displayed in New York during UN 2023 Water Conference
- 3rd place: 100€ + published via WSPs website + featured in photo-book + free photo-book copy + displayed in New York during UN 2023 Water Conference
- 12 merits: published via WSPs website + featured in photo-book + free photo-book copy + displayed in New York during UN 2023 Water Conference
Submission Details & Rules:
- 5-10 photographs which tell a story of ‘water, partnerships and cooperation’.
- Each photo should be numbered and have a short caption.
- Photos should be in .jpg or .png with a resolution of at least 1920×1080.
- Each entrant can submit up to three (3) photostories. Each story will be judged individually.
- Please also make sure to review the submissions rules
If you are up to the challenge, you can now submit your photostories to email@example.com until 14th February 2023.
- 1 Word or .pdf file written in Calibri font, size 11, with title, overall story of 200-500 words, names of the author(s), country and location of the photostory, and listed captions for each of the pictures.
- 5-15 photos. Photos should be numbered with related short captions. Photos should be in .jpg or .png with a resolution of at least 1920×1080.
- 1 Word or .pdf file with signed Photo Licence Agreement
Terms and Conditions
Upon submission, photographers agree to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). Water Science Policy and UNESCO must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made to the photography. Neither organisations intends to make any changes. This licence means that UNESCO and WSP can share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) any material received, while giving appropriate credit to the photographer as the original content creator and providing a link to the licence, and etc.
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