IWSN organises photo contest to mark World Water Day

Eastwood Farm Nature Reserve, Bristol (Photo: Wayne Powell)

The International Water Security Network (IWSN) is teaming up with igersbristol (Instagramers Bristol) to organise a photo competition to mark World Water Day, with support from Bristol Water.

Every day, amateur and professional photographers post photos of Bristol on Instagram using the #igersbristol hashtag, from which the moderators of the account select a ‘photo of the day’.

Over the weekend of 18–19 March, we are encouraging people to go out and take their best water-themed photos of Bristol. All photos must be posted on Instagram with the #igersbristol and #watersecuritynetwork hashtags over that weekend. We will announce the winner on World Water Day – Wednesday 22 March. The winner will receive twenty Bristol pounds and a home water efficiency kit.

Every year, World Water Day – which began in 1993 and is coordinated by UN-Water – focuses on a particular theme. The theme for 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.

IWSN is a research project, led by the University of the West of England in partnership with the University of Arizona and Monash South Africa, looking at water security issues across the globe. For World Water Day, IWSN Director Chad Staddon will be taking part in the Watershed event at the Vatican.