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Photography and Videography Competition on the theme ‘Wastewater’



Water is considered to be the core of sustainable development and is also one of the major sources of livelihood for many people around the world. It is a crucial need of all life, ecosystems, and human activity. Amongst the natural resources, water is the most critical. It can and should be used to promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of the globe. Therefore, the national and local level initiatives, which encourage the water policy, water resources management, and scientific communities to work together, are essential for sustainable water resources management. As actions are needed from all communities to respond to risks associated with water quality, water scarcity and water induced disasters, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992 recommended celebrating the day as an international day for freshwater and 22 March 1993 was designated as the first World Water Day. The theme as designated by UN Water for World Water Day 2017 is ‘Wastewater ’.


Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials. Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.


In line with the World Water Day, in Nepal the day is celebrated with a weeklong activity under a national level network of Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW), which incorporates various government agencies, I/NGOs, academic institutions, and private sectors working in water sector under the coordination of Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), Government of Nepal. As in the previous year, World Water Day in Nepal is being celebrated with various programs. On this occasion, the organizing committee of NNWWW 2017 announces ‘Photography Competition’ and ‘Videography Competition’ among the professional and amateur photographers and videographers on the theme “Wastewater”. The NNWWW 2017 organizing committee invites photographers and videographers to submit their photos/videos relevant to the theme.

Theme of the competition: Wastewater

Know about the competition

What are the categories of the competition?

There are 2 categories of the competition

  1. a) Photography Competition
  2. b) Videography Competition

Who can participate?  

  • Any professional or amateur photographer/videographer of all ages can participate in the competition.

Who cannot participate?

  • Any submission from current affiliates of The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), staff and members are not accepted in the competition.

Can a foreign national participate in the competition?

  • Foreign nationals cannot participate in the competition. However, we welcome their submission which, if found matched to the theme of the competition, will be shared on the social networking sites of the Nepal National Water and Weather Week.

What are the guidelines for – photographs and videos?

  • Photographs /videos must be the original works of the photographers.
  • Photographs must be in JPG format.
  • Any photographs that were submitted to other competition but have not received any awards are accepted in this competition. Any photographs published on any print or online media are not accepted. But, photos shared on the personal social networking sites of the photographer are accepted for this competition.
  • All the photographs/videographs must be taken within Nepal. Any submissions taken outside Nepal will not be eligible for the competition.
  • Captions for photographs cannot be more than 30 words. Also, mention the place of photo taken and date/year when you took the photo.
  • For the Videos, you can submit any raw videos or edited videos that should match the theme of the competition. The duration of the videos should not exceed two minute. To submit the videos, you can either use some file sharing applications or if your video size is higher and getting trouble to attach to the email, you can also visit the office of The Small Earth Nepal, if practicable for you, to leave the video file.


What is the copyright issue of the submissions?

  • Copyright to all submitted photographs/videos will remain to the original photographers/videographers. However, Organizers will have the rights of using the submitted photographs for any kind of non-profit making activities of NNWWW with full acknowledgement to the photographer.

Can a person make submission under all categories?

  • Yes, a person can participate in the competition under all categories. However, a person can submit maximum of 2 submissions under single categories.

Where can I submit my photographs/videos?

  • Submissions can be made at
  • You are required to mention which category you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

When can I submit?

Competition starts on 21 February 2017 to 14 March 2017 (1700 NST)

How is the winner selected?

Winner of the competition will be selected through an independent selection team of the expert on the relevant field.

What is the award for winner?

There is one award for each category of the competition. The award comprises of NPR 10000/- and appreciation letter. Also, top 10 photographs will be printed and displayed in other functions of the NNWW 2017 where there is higher number of gathering. Similarly, top 3 videos will be screened on the closing ceremony of the NNWW 2017.

Where can I contact for any query or confusion?

You can contact us at with the subject line “Query regarding photography competition” or can call us at 01-4252077 (Piyush Dahal) on working day between 10 am and 5 pm.