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News Water and Cities Photo Contest 2010

On the occasion of the World Expo Shanghai 2010, the World Water Council launches the International photo contest under the theme "Water and Cities"to raise awareness on the many water facets in urban area.
Professionals and non-professionals are invited to submit a contribution capturing the essence of water and daily city life. The photos incompetition should tell a news story about water in cities from around the world, and should be centered around how urban life interacts with water.
All selected pictures will be screened on the World Water Pavilion at the EXPO 2010, and an International Jury will select the best three photos to beprinted for exhibition. The first-prize winner will be invited to participate in an award ceremony during the World Expo.
We invite you to participate to the contest and to forward the International Water Photo Contest information to all your friends and colleagues who mightbe interested to submit their photo. All information is available on the WWC website.

"Water and Cities"

The photos in competition should tell a news story about water in cities from around the world. They should capture the essence of a happening in a single moment translating into a frozen picture. The photos can convey action, passiveness, success or failure, urgency or progress but should be centered around how urban life affects water and interacts with water.

  • Water in urban life - Turn on your tap and the water flows... or not. Where does your water come from, which cycle does it follow from its source to sink, what happens with it once it's flushed?
  • Water and Climate Change - floods, droughts, pollution and scarcity are just some of the challenges millions of people experience in the face of climate change. What are their solutions or recurrent problems? What is the reality of climate change in small or mega cities?
  • Water for Health and Development - What are the efforts to reach a universal access to water and sanitation? How to citizens see and appreciate their connection and access?


No entry fee, payment or purchase is required. Each entrant may fill the entry form and submit only one picture. Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible, no print or film submission will be accepted for entry into this contest All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JGP format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, a minimum size of 1600x1200 pixels, landscape or portrait, and in color. Deadline for submissions is 15 July 2010. Mail notifying winners will be sent out before 6 Septembre 2010. 

By sending the Entry Form, the participant consents to entry of his or her submission and agrees to the Official rules and Regulations and the decisions of the judges.



  • 1st Prize: 1500 Euros
  • 2nd Prize: 1000 Euros
  • 3rd Prize: 500 Euros
  • Special Shanghai Prize (Best Picture taken in Shanghai): 1000 Euros

The first-prize winner will be invited to participate in an award ceremony during the Universal Expo of Shanghaï (incl. flights and accommodation for 2 nights). In addition, honourable mention will be given to 5 pictures.


Judging Criteria

A first selection will be made by the prize committee according to the compliance of the pictures with the theme and with requested format and quality. The eligible pictures will be submitted to the Jury and screened on the World Water Pavilion during the "Water month" of the Shanghai Expo, from 6 September to 6 October 2010.

The Jury will select the Prize winners, taking into consideration:

  • The impact of the picture
  • The originality and aesthetics of the photography
  • The technical excellence
We look forward to receiving your image of water in urban life! 

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Source of information World Water Council
Keyword(s) Shangai 2010, photo contest, water, world expo
Geographical coverage International
News date 11/06/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH