WaterAid India launches its annual Photography Fellowship
The WASH Photo Project 2019
About the fellowship
‘The WASH Photo Project’ is the first ever fellowship in India focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). A fully funded fellowship, it encourages amateur photographers from educational institutions to participate and document strong, innovative and diverse visual narratives.
With a cross-national coverage, the fellowship aims to explore visual stories on water across India.
Theme of the fellowship
Today, India is in the midst of a major water crisis. According to Niti Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index 2018, 75% of households do not have drinking water on premise, while the quality is also terrible. 70% of our water is contaminated and so we currently rank 120 out of 122 countries in the water quality index.
India's urban water situation
‘The WASH Photo Project 2019’ aims to highlight the various problems faced by urban communities when it comes to accessing clean water. The fellowship further aims to explore the physical, economic and social repercussions due to lack of clean water in metros and small towns.
Meet the mentors
Who can apply
Media and communication students and amateur photographers from graduation and post-graduation courses and/or within the age group of 18-28 years are eligible to apply.
A good portfolio especially in the social sector will be an added advantage.
Deliverables by fellows
Shortlisted fellows to submit the following at the end of the fellowship:
A docket of at least 50 shortlisted photographs from field visits.
Visual narratives to be supported by captions for each photograph.
A minimum of five stark photo stories (featuring 5-7 photos and long captions).
Deliverables by WaterAid India
Sessions on the theme of urban water by an expert panel.
A certificate of participation at the end of fellowship.
An opportunity to exhibit through a photography exhibition.
Here is all you need to know to apply
The fellowship period will be from July 2019 to March 2020.
The expenses for travel, food and accommodation will be covered by WaterAid India. It is mandatory to produce and submit original bills, tickets and boarding passes for all expenditure incurred during the course of the fellowship.
To apply, please submit the following:
A statement of purpose (not more than 200 words).
Resume, not more than two pages.
At least five samples of recent photography assignments undertaken. This should include the details of the photo project, along with detailed captions.
Six fellows will be selected for the fully-funded fellowship.
Fellows will be shortlisted by the Mentor Panel and WaterAid India.
Shortlisted fellows will be informed through an email and their names will also be announced on our website.
WaterAid India reserves the right to disqualify an application if it does not meet basic minimum requirements.
All decisions taken by WaterAid India will be final.