The 2012 Water in Our World International Photo Competition Winners Announced

The winners if the 2012 Water in Our World International Photo Competition were recently announced. The winning photographs depicted the significance of water, including its various uses, purposes, impacts, issues and forms. There was one winner in each of the following nine categories:  Overall best photo, Best photo taken outside the U.S.A., Best photo taken in the Southeast U.S.A., Best photo taken in North Carolina, Best photo taken in Chapel Hill, Best photo taken by an UNC student, Best photo taken by UNC faculty, staff or alumni, Best photo taken by non-UNC affiliated person and Best photo taken by a K-12 student. There will also be an exhibition of the winning submissions next year on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
Click on the photos below for a larger version of each winning submission.



Overall Best Photo Best Photo Taken Outside the U.S. Best Photo Taken in the Southeast U.S.

Overall Best Photo

Photographer: Gwenael Prie
Location: Laos

“On the banks of the Mekong, in the middle of the terrifying Somphanit Falls, a brave fisherman jumps from rock to rock to find the right spot to throw his net.”

Best Photo Taken Outside the U.S.

Photographer: Gwenael Prie
Location: Zanzibar

“A few meters away from the beach, the ‘Slaves Cave’ is said to have been used as a hiding place by slaves fleeing their owners. They could not have survived without the fresh water source hiding in the shadows of the cave, that is today still used by the inhabitants.”

Best Photo Taken in the Southeast U.S.

Photographer: Sam Sawyer
Location: Fort Fisher, North Carolina

Best Photo Taken in North Carolina Best Photo Taken in Chapel Hill Best Photo Taken by a UNC Student

Best Photo Taken in North Carolina

Photographer: Leah Zullina
Location: Beaufort, North Carolina

“Water sustains life for creatures living both above and below its surface.”

Best Photo Taken in Chapel Hill

Photographer: Thomas Barta
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Bolin Creek"

Best Photo Taken by a UNC Student

Photographer: Andrea Heckert
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Cameron Street in Chapel Hill"

Best Photo Taken by UNC Faculty, Staff, or Alumni Best Photo Taken by a Non-UNC Affiliated Person Best Photo Taken by a K-12 Student

Best Photo Taken by a UNC Faculty, Staff, or Alumni

Photographer: Aneri Patel
Location: Lake Kivu, Rwanda

“I camped out on Lake Kivu from the Rwandan side and woke up to beautiful singing. I came out of my tent early in the AM, sometime between 6 and 7 AM. The sun was rising and I saw this gorgeous fishing boat, with men singing in unison as they rowed. It was magical , and I never felt more like I was in Africa but at that moment. Considering fishing is the main livelihood for these men, and the conflict zones not so far from them are ongoing in DRC, in addition to the earlier tragedies of the Rwandan genocide, it’s remarkable how people are able to carry on. I imagine water is a sanctitude when there is so much conflict to avoid on land."

Best Photo Taken by a Non-UNC Affiliated Person

Photographer: Hayley Stewart
Location: M'Bala Island, Zambia

"A young girl carries a PVC hand pump (Access 1.2 Hand Pump, used by Water4 Foundation) to the drill site in M'Bala Island, Zambia. Once installed, this pump will provide clean drinking water to her village."

Best Photo Taken by a K-12 Student

Photographer: Anwesha Nandi
Location: Outer Banks, North Carolina

"This photo relates to the theme of the competition because the beach represents just how vast the ocean is and how much water we have on our planet."

Honorable Mention #1 Honorable Mention #2 Honorable Mention #3

Honorable Mention #1

Photographer: Debdatta Chakraborty
Location: India
 

Honorable Mention #2

Photographer: Joao Coutinho
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

"Young man and woman are in the middle of the water fountain, in Parque das Nações, Lisbon due the intense heat and enjoy the Summer season."

Honorable Mention #3

Photographer: Rabin Chakrabarti
Location: Midnapur, West Bengali, India

“Fishermen were fishing in a river creek in Midnapur, West Bengal, India, using river water. They fish when the river recedes during low tide. Here it relates to the competition that the fishermen were using water for their livelihood and fishing. Water is part and parcel of their lives.”

Honorable Mention #4 Honorable Mention #5  

Honorable Mention #4

Photographer: Victoria Cuellar
Location: Filinicas, Guatemala

“The water system in Filinicas, Guatemala, completed in 2002 post Hurricane Mitch, provides intermittent water service to this community. Their water system was no longer chlorinating water that did arrive to the tap. This is an example of solar disinfection intended to purify their drinking water. This is a very poor, rural community and is the only method readily available and affordable for treating their water.”

Honorable Mention #5

Photographer: Manuel Morais
Location: Portugal
 

 

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