SWFF Announces Global Water-Agriculture Photo Contest

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2017) – Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development launches on September 13, 2017 the Global Water-Agriculture Photo Contest and invites photographers to submit photos calling attention to water scarcity, water security, and food security.

The Global Water Agriculture Photography Contest, which is open for submissions September 13-27, 2017, is designed to harness the power of images to tell a story and raise awareness about the program’s primary goal of accelerating innovations that will improve the way water is being used for agriculture. We seek photos that showcase:

  • Innovators and enterprises that favorably affect the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution
  • Women and men who work in agriculture and are impacting water/food security through new technologies and business models.

All photos submitted must focus on one or more of the following themes: agriculture, water, water and agriculture-related technology, and men and women working in agriculture.

Eligible contestants can submit a single photo, multiple single photos, or a group of photos (15 total to qualify for the Grand Prize award category) on the photo contest platform.

Contestants may enter a maximum of 20 photographs total across both categories (single photo or group photo submission). There is no fee to enter the Securing Water for Food Global Water-Agriculture Photo Contest.

Winning photos and a short photographer bios will be featured on the Securing Water for Food website “In the News” page, the Securing Water for Food newsletters, other social media channels, and potentially in other funding partner communication channels.

Prizes & Contest Details

Grand Prize Group of 15 Photos –$500
First Place Single Photo – $500
Second Place Single Photo – $250
Third Place Single Photo – $150

Entry Period & Important Dates

Contest Duration: September 13, 2017 – September 27, 2017
Judging: September 27 – October 3, 2017
Winners Announced: October 5, 2017

Winners will be selected based on a two-phase voting process: 1) Phase 1 – Public voting on the Securing Water for Food Photography contest site (September 13, 2017 – September 27, 2017); and 2) Phase 2 – Judging, which will be conducted by Securing Water for Food program professionals.

Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to our contest.

For more information, click here. Interested in helping to promote the contest, visit our Photo Contest Resources Folder and the Resources Page on the SWFF website.

About Securing Water for Food

The Securing Water for Food 2017 Global Water-Agriculture Photography Contest is sponsored and run by the Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility. Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development helps farmers around the world grow more food using less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soil to produce food by ensuring that the entrepreneurs and scientists behind groundbreaking new approaches are getting the support they need to apply and expand their solutions around the world.

Since 2013, USAID, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Government of South Africa, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have invested $35 million and provided critical acceleration support to promote science and technology solutions that enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution.

Contact: securingwaterforfood@gmail.com