Winners of this Year’s Water Integrity Network’s Photo Competition Announced

Adella Mbabazi
March 22, 2017

The Water Integrity Network (WIN) has announced winners of this year’s photo competition, dedicated to wastewater management.

The 2016 WIN photo competition explored how corruption and malpractice affect water and wastewater management.

According to WIN, the winning photos: “very clearly show how poor wastewater governance affects our lives and ecosystems. They highlight the urgent need for integrity in wastewater management.”

SUDIPTO DAS is the overall winner. His imaged titled, ‘the River with white scars’ won him 1,000 US dollars.

His photograph shows Hindu women perform their morning ritual in the highly polluted Yamuna River, which is full of froth on the outskirts of Delhi in India.

Sudipto writes in his caption that: “ The froth is caused by the daily discharge of approximately 2000 million litres of waste and 132 metric tonnes of BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) into the Yamuna river from Delhi through 25 drains. A 2016 study in the International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Research Technology concluded that even expensive water treatment plants are incapable of treating the polluted water and that the water is unfit for any purpose. Close to ‘dead’, the Yamuna River in Delhi sees no signs of healing.”

In the second place is DAVID BEDOYA’s image that shows waste in the Titicaca which won him 500 US Dollars.

Writing in his caption, David narrates that a family travels on Lake Titicaca through waste coming from the city of Puno. He further notes that poor management of wastewater means thousands of waste items float in the lake.

PARTHA PRATIM SAHA’s image about fishing in polluted water in Garhbeta, Dist. West Midnapore, State – WB, India emerged the third best photograph.

WIN received 194 breathtaking entries in total.

The jury that selected the winner included Water Journalists Africa’s Fredrick Mugira.

Water Journalists Africa

Legitimately registered in Uganda, Water Journalists Africa was established in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. Water Journalists Africa has since 2011, partnered with various international and Africa based organizations such as the UN-Water, The Water Channel, Water Integrity Network, 2030 Water Resources Group and UNESCO-IHE among several others to enhance reporting on Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa and promote interaction among African Journalists who report on water. Some 700 journalists from 50 African countries to date are members of this network making it certainly the largest media network on the continent.

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