August 24, 2011 — The Water Institute at UNC is launching a global photography competition on the subject of water. The contest, called “Reflections,” aims to encourage photographers in the U.S. and around the world to submit powerful, thought-provoking images that illustrate water’s life-giving properties and the essential connections between water and human health and development.
The competition is supported by Stephen Morse, PhD, UNC public health alumnus and member of the School’s Public Health Foundation Board. “I am proud to support this worthy event,” Morse said. “I hope it will help to highlight the importance of water to human health and survival across the globe.”
Dr. Jamie Bartram, professor of environmental sciences and engineering and director of the Water Institute, will serve as one of the contest’s judges.
“Water is far too often a bad news item in public health – a cause of disease outbreaks, the drudgery of collecting water and carrying it home, etc.,” Bartram said. “With this competition, we hope to see creative energies directed toward the good news – water for life, health, development, prosperity, and recreation.”
Submissions are due by Sept. 18, 2011. Winners will be announced Oct. 4 in front of a prestigious international audience attending the annual Water and Health Conference at UNC. Awards will include a $500 grand prize, $250 first prize and $50 honorable mentions. The winning photos will be hosted on the Water Institute’s website.
For rules and entry forms, visit http://waterinstitute.unc.edu.