The prestigious Join the Water = Life photo competition is underway which aims to unite the world for water through thought-provoking environmental photography from around the world.
Supported by Netherland, it is a good opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers who with their photos can help develop a better understanding of water issues and inspire people to take action.
There are three categories of competition that showcase water issues effectively: Too dry, Too wet, and Too filthy.
The competition offers lot many exciting prizes including a chance to be featured in an exhibition on water that will travel the world in 2023 and 2024. The prizes will be given in three segments.
The Water = Life Photographer 2022 prize: This top award calls for the submission of a single best picture from photographers that help understand the causes and effects of water challenges. Highlight solutions and inspiration for working on concrete commitments and actions. It offers a 2,500 euros cash prize.
The Young Water = Life Photographer 2022 prize: This is only open to photographers between the age of 16-21. These submissions will automatically also go into the rising talent category. As the best water photography talent, winners will receive a camera of their choosing (max. 1,500 euros).
Runners-up: Also, 18 runners-up will be selected and will each receive a 500 euros cash prize.
The winners will be selected in two stages. In the first step embassies of the Netherlands around the world will review local submissions and select a local winner for each of the categories (too dry, too wet, too filthy). In the second stage, a jury of professional photographers, photojournalists, and Dutch MFA water experts will review photos preselected by the embassies.
Entry to the competition is free of cost and also the photographers retain the copyright of submitted images
The competition is closing on September 30, 2022. The name of the winners will be announced in November.
Water connects people from different continents and cities. Water has an impact on several challenging issues including development, poverty reduction, equality, and security. Climate change is impacting people’s access to water, which calls for addressing the issue urgently.