One Water Photo Competition

Theme: Wastewater as a Resource

The theme for World Environment Day is “Connecting People with Nature” and the theme for World Oceans Day is “Our Oceans, Our Future”. Both themes speak to the role everyone has to play in ensuring that our natural resources are used and managed in a sustainable manner for future generations.

Water is an essential part of our daily lives and one of our most precious resources.

Wastewater, although a product of water, is not considered in similar high regard and often seen as a nuisance rather than a valuable resource.

According to UN Water[1] most people have negative mindsets about wastewater and its reuse is often times in an unplanned manner. In the Wider Caribbean Region, much of our wastewater enters our seas and other waterways untreated or partially treated, which raises concern for human and environmental health.

Although wastewater has great value and a huge potential for exploitation, particularly in drought prone areas like the Caribbean, a significant and on-going effort is required in promoting wastewater reuse and in achieving public receptivity of treated wastewater as a safe and viable resource. This Photo Competition aims at helping to promote such receptivity and to develop a more holistic understanding of how we can connect with nature and protect our environment and oceans for future generations.

In celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, and World Oceans Day on June 8, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW) project invites interested persons to enter the One Water Photo Competition under the theme Wastewater as a Resource. 

Rationale: Everyone produces wastewater, but not everyone considers it or knows of its potential as a resource. The photo competition aims at increasing knowledge and influencing positive attitudes towards and perceptions of wastewater using visual representation of the opportunities for treated or partially treated wastewater reuse. The competition aims to demonstrate the importance of good wastewater management practices as crucial in reducing the pollutants that enter our waters. It also seeks to promote more planned use of wastewater by demonstrating real examples of how wastewater is being or can be used reused as a resource. The scope of the competition is unlimited and may provide examples that can be considered for replication across the region, where feasible.  “One water” is selected as the theme as it adequately denotes that all wastewater returns to the earth to become the water we once again use in everyday life and is therefore just as valuable.


  • To increase awareness of treated wastewater as a resource
  • To educate, using visual representation, ideas of the ways in which treated wastewater is being used as a resource
  • To promote the reuse of treated wastewater


Entries must reflect the integrity of the theme.

Eligibility: Opened to all interested individuals.

Competition period: May 17th to June 5th 2017. Winners will be announced on June 8th 2017.

Judging criteria:

Photographs will be judged based on the following:

- Impact and Originality (25 pts)Does the image provide a unique perspective on the theme? Does the photo evoke an emotion from the viewer?

- Adherence/Appropriateness to theme (25 pts) - Does the entry reflect the subject matter? Is the theme identifiable? Is the image gender sensitive?

- Visual Appeal/Inspirational power (25 pts) - Does the image have a wow factor or influence further thought or action? Does the image have the potential to inspire a change of attitude towards wastewater?

- Quality (25 pts) – Is a centre of interest visible? Is the photograph pixelated? 


Use of photos: Photos will be used in GEF CReW infographic series and media articles as well as future publications of UN Environment CEP.

Conditions: Photographs previously submitted in competitions or used for any other media will not be accepted. This includes social media, books, magazines, calendars, postcards, articles. Collages will not be accepted. Photographs should not carry logos, watermarks, signatures, names or other identifying characters. Employees and immediate family members of UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) and the GEF CReW Project are not eligible to participate. Entry constitutes permission to use participant's name and country for the purpose of announcing the winner and inclusion in any future UN Environment CEP and GEF CReW publications without compensation.

[1] UN Water, (n.d.).  Wastewater Management: A UN-Water Analytical Brief.

What is the CReW?

The CReW is a four-year project that began in 2011. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Our Location

Project Coordinating Group

Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management
c/o Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
40 - 46 Knutsford Boulevard
Kingston 5
Jamaica, W.I.

Phone: +(876) 764-0815


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