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.
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
Meet the fellows
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.
- 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.