WaterAid India launches its annual Photography Fellowship Program

Theme of the fellowship

Today, India is in the midst of a major water crisis. According to Niti Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index, 75% of households do not have drinking water on their premises, while its 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.

Issues around the urban water situation in India.

Water problems in Urban India

‘The WASH Photo Project 2019’ aims to highlight the various problems faced by urban communities when it comes to accessing clean water like queueing up, daily quarrels and spending hours for a few buckets of water or the severe health implications of consuming dirty water. The fellowship further aims to explore the physical, economic and social repercussions due to lack of clean water.

Ashima Narain

Ashima Narain

A photographer and filmmaker, represented by National Geographic Image Collection and the former photo editor for National Geographic Traveller India. She has worked on a diverse range of subjects from documenting flamingos for Discovery Channel to driving vintage cars for Cartier.

Anita Khemka

Anita Khemka

Anita’s oeuvre is social documentary photography. She began photographing in 1996 and her work has been featured in international & national exhibitions and forums. Anita headed the photography department at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication until February 2019 and is also represented by Photoink.


Danish Siddiqui

Danish is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist & heads international news agency Reuters Pictures team in India. Before his foray into photojournalism, Danish was a television correspondent with one of India’s leading news networks. He has covered several important stories in South Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Who can apply

Media and Communication students and amateur photographers from graduation and post-graduation courses are eligible to apply. Students from New Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Odisha, and Hyderabad will be preferred.

A good past experience in photography, especially in the social sector will be an added advantage.


  • 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).

WaterAid India will offer

  • Sessions on the theme of access to clean water in urban context by WaterAid India’s expert panel.

  • Opportunity to shadow renowned documentary photographers for a trip.

  • Photography sessions by professional documentary photographers.

  • Each fellow will be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the end of fellowship.

  • An opportunity to exhibit through a photography exhibition.

What's more?

Here is all you need to know to apply

Duration and funding

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.

Application requirements and guidelines

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 captions.

  • Six fellows will be selected for the final fellowship grant.

  • Fellows will be shortlisted by a panel of the fellowship mentors as well as WaterAid India. 

  • The fellows will be informed through an email and the names will also be announced on WaterAid India’s website.

  • WaterAid India reserves the right to not award any fellowships if applications do not meet a basic minimum standard.

  • All decisions taken by WaterAid India will be final.

Apply by 01 July 2019

In case of any query,

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WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanathan

Apply for The WASH Photo Project 2019

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