A unique photo contest on sanitation for photo journalists draws entries from across the country
New Delhi, June 05, 2008: Chronicling the sanitation saga through the camera, photojournalists from across the country have put the spotlight of attention on various aspects of cleanliness, water waste management and environment through a unique photo-contest that testifies the aphorism: “A photograph can speak more than a thousand words”.
The first Clean India Photo Contest 2008 on sanitation, which drew to a close on World Environment Day has been won by A M Shudhagar of Salem, Tamil Nadu in the published photo category. The other winners included Sudhanshu Malhotra from Delhi and Astro Mohan from Karnataka. The awards were presented to the winners at a glittering function here this afternoon.
The dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India, Mr. Depinder Kapur, Country Representative, WaterAid India, Ms. Lizette Burgers, Chief, Water and Environmental Sanitation Section, UNICEF India, Mr.Prashant Panjiar, Celebrity Photographer, Live Wire Images, New Delhi and Padma Bhusan Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia, Mountaineer, Founder, Spinal Injury Society and Chairman, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi and Ms. Shanta Sheela Nair, Secretary, Department for Drinking Water Supply (DDWS), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
To commemorate the ‘International Year of Sanitation – 2008”, WES-Net India, the largest network of professionals and agencies working in the area of water and sanitation in India, with the support of Plan India, Water Aid, UNICEF and the Department for drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, aimed to promote mass awareness and also raise the profile of sanitation among the general public, professionals and policy makers through the mainstream media by involving photographers in the Clean-India contest.
Clean India Photo Contest 2008, therefore, invited Photo Journalists in India to publish incisive photo stories on sanitation in newspapers and magazines during the World Water Week (20-28 March 2008). The photo journalists who sent in their entries were encouraged to capture several themes related to Sanitary Facilities, Sewerage Systems, Hygiene Behaviour, River Pollution Issues, Solid Waste Disposal and Wastewater Management. The published photographs were judged based on three aspects: highlighting an important/neglected issue, creating mass awareness among public and others and promoting best practices.