The WASH Photo Project 2018-19

The entries for the fellowship are now closed.


The WASH Photo Project provides an opportunity to witness and capture how clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene practices have a positive impact on an individual’s life, and how the lack of it can lead to unimaginable circumstances.

About WaterAid India

WaterAid is an international non-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. Since 1986, WaterAid in India has successfully implemented water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, extending benefits to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities across 11 plus states in India.

WaterAid India strives to make universal access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a reality by 2030, the target year for Sustainable Development Goals.

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About the fellowship

‘The WASH Photo Project’ is the first ever fellowship in India focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) themes. 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. It also culminates with a photography exhibition on World Water Day (22 March 2019) to give the selected fellows an opportunity to showcase their work.

Theme of the fellowship

India is suffering from ‘the worst water crises’ in its history, with about 600 million people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year dying due to inadequate access to safe water as per the recent Niti Aayog Report. The lack of access to clean water also imposes a huge financial and health burden on some of the country’s most marginalised sections.

‘The WASH Photo Project’ aims to capture the various issues faced by urban and rural communities when it comes to accessing clean water like walking for miles and spending hours just to access a few buckets of water or the severe health implications of consuming unclean water.

WaterAid India and its partners strive towards making clean water accessible for everyone, everywhere through context specific community-led sustainable solutions. Through field visits, the WASH Photo Project will encourage selected fellows to document the reality on water – the crises and the solutions through the lens of individual and community-led visual narratives. A panel of accomplished documentary photographers will mentor the selected fellows throughout their fellowship period.

Meet the Mentors


Samar Singh Jodha

Samar is a photographer and artist. He has been commissioned by the likes of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BBC World Service Trust and the United Nations, and his work has been published and broadcasted by Nat Geo and Discovery Channel. Know more…


Prashanth Vishwanathan

Prashanth is a freelance documentary photographer. His work on political activism, visual sociology and news photojournalism has been featured extensively with newswires, newspapers, magazines, non-government organisations, and other feature agencies. Know more…


Paroma Mukherjee

Paroma is a photographer and writer and heads the National Photo Desk at Hindustan Times. Interested in the social and visual landscape of the present, her photographs are a permanent collection at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan. She has photographed for national and international publications too. Know more…

Meet the fellows


Aoun Hasan

A Lucknow born visual artist who has worked on environmental, religious, social projects and film making. Aoun has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights and PG Diploma in visual communication. He aims to build his work on environment, history, culture, religion and politics.


Meenal Upreti

A fashion communication student from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bhubaneswar. She has tried her hands on different genres of photography but has finally discovered her passion in photojournalism. For her, it is not about clicking a picture; it is rather about creating art.


Poshali Goel

A fashion design graduate from Pearl Academy, Noida. After being introduced to various aspects of storytelling in college, she has gradually moved to the space of visual communication. She is now working with various organisations to have a better grassroots understanding.


Proneet De Kashyap

A documentary photographer based in Delhi. After finishing college, Proneet worked in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh. His camera helped him to be involved in the lives of people and their stories. Proneet feels that having spent time on the field photographing people has made him a better person.


Rohit Kumar

A student of Diploma in video camera and lighting from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Rohit has also studied photography from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communications (2015-16). He likes to travel to new and unknown places, participate in adventure sports, swim, and watch movies.


Sachin Mishra

A student of Bachelor of Design in Baroda, Gujarat. Sachin is fond of travelling and documenting stories. Documentary photography is something that interests him. He is working on a personal documentary project on the fishermen of Khambhat, Gujarat. He has also contributed for magazines and newspaper, websites and other social networking sites.


Vansh Virmani

A journalism and mass communication student, Vansh finds photography a medium to express himself and the world around him. It provides him and the viewer with a window into the world he observes, enriching both in process.


Last date to apply 20 August 2018 Selection of Fellows Mid-September 2018 Fellowship Period Aug 2018 – March 2019 Exhibition March 2019

Duration & funding

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 pass for all expenditure incurred during the course of the fellowship.

Expected deliverables

  • 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.

WaterAid India will offer

  • Induction sessions on the theme of access to clean water by WaterAid India’s expert panel.
  • Photography sessions by professional documentary photographers.
  • Each fellow will be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the end of the fellowship.
  • An opportunity to exhibit at a photography exhibition in New Delhi.