Winners of ICIMOD Photo Contest announced on World Environment Day

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The winners of the ICIMOD Digital Photo Contest on ‘Water and Life’ were announced during the Centre’s activities for World Environment Day. The contest was held as a part of the celebration of ICIMOD’s 30th anniversary, and the theme was chosen to coincide with the United Nation’s International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. 

Over a month and a half, contestants submitted around 3,000 photos related to three different categories: Uses or Benefits of Water and Related Resources, Hazards, Conflicts, or Issues related to Water (or Lack Thereof), and Good Practices in Water and Related Risk Management. The photos were judged by a panel consisting of two professional photographers from Nepal, Jagdish Tiwari and Ravi Sayami, and Aditi Mukherji, a expert on water-related issues and leader of the Water and Air Theme at ICIMOD. Cash prizes of USD 1,000, 800, and 600 will be awarded to the top three photos (see list of winners below).

In addition, three People’s Choice prizes were awarded based on a week-long voting competition on the ICIMOD Facebook page. The photos with the most ‘likes’ in each of the contest’s three categories  were also disclosed. They will be awarded a cash prize of USD 200. Twenty-seven photo entries will be awarded Honourable Mentions.


Winner of ICIMOD Digital Photo Contest on ‘Water and Life’ 


Villagers in Marigaon, Assam, India use a traditional irrigation system to bring water to their paddy field, India - Samsul Huda Patgiri


1st Runner-up


A collective drinking water source for the villagers of Dera Ismail Khan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan - Muhammad Asad Salim


2nd Runner-up


Scarce at the source: Although the Himalayas provide water to 1.3 billion people downstream, water is scarce in many parts of the Himalayas. Due to the topography, women have to hike for hours to collect drinking water. A woman stands after a two-hour hike to fetch water, Nepal - Uttam Babu Shrestha


Winner of the People’s Choice Award: through Facebook Voting


Category I - Uses or Benefits of Water and Related Resources

In this photo, a boy drinks water from a pot after playing with his friends. In some villages in Myanmar, traditional drinking water pots are found throughout the village for all to use, Myanmar - Thandar Soe


Category II - Hazards, Conflicts, or Issues related to Water (or Lack Thereof)

A landslide swept a house nearly 40 metres downhill, Nepal - Keshab Raj Thoker


Category III - Good Practices in Water and Related Risk Management

Rooftop water storage, purification, and distribution systems in the community, Nepal - Chandra Man Dongol


Recipients of the Honorable Mentions


Category I - Uses or Benefits of Water and Related Resources

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan (Bangladesh)

Uttam Babu Shrestha (Nepal)

Samsul Huda Patgiri (India)

Ly Hoang Long (China)

Raghavan (India)

Chetan Soni (India)

Arup Halder (India)

Kishor K Sharma (Nepal)

Shikhar Bhattarai (Nepal)


Category II - Hazards, Conflicts, or Issues related to Water (or Lack Thereof)

Mahmood Akhtar (Pakistan)

Arijit Sen (India)

Abu Taher Khokon (Bangladesh)

Xie Hong (China)

Joydeep Mukherjee (India)

Samir Jung Thapa (Nepal)

Bikash Karki (Nepal)

Chetan Soni (India)

Shaikh Mohir Uddin (Bangladesh)


Category III - Good Practices in Water and Related Risk Management

Tage Kanno (India)

Sahibzada Irfanullah Khan (Pakistan)

Sreeya Sen (India)

Imran Khan (Pakistan)

Anil Risal Singh (India)

Biswajit Patra (India)

Partha Pratim Saha (India)

Chetan Soni (India)

Md Mahbubur Rahman (Bangladesh)