Winners of water and sanitation photo contest announced hinh anh 1For Clean Water Resources wins the grand prize in the sanitation categordy of the Water and Sanitation Photo Contest. (Source:

“Water and Life” and “For Clean Water Resources” have been named as the winners of the Water and Sanitation Photo Contest 2015, co-organised by the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam and VNPhoto- an online forum for photography lovers.

The WB said on October 14 that the contest aims to raise awareness among rural and urban communities of using fresh water, conserving water resources, improving hygiene and environmental sanitation and related issues.

16 out of 256 submissions have been selected to receive awards in two categories: water and sanitation.

In the Water category, “Water and Life” depicts a woman scooping clean, clear water out of a small well into a basin.

“The photo shows the connection between clean water and life, while at the same time depicting the scarcity of water resources,” said Nguyen Quang Vinh, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist for the World Bank .

Regarding the photographic techniques, Vinh said the picture’s strong colors, contrast, and composition of this photo have attracted viewers’ eye to the subject .

Meanwhile, “For Clean Water Resources”, winner in the sanitation category, was praised by judges for its meaningful story and excellent technique.

By capturing a great moment of the two janitors fishing garbage out of the river, the picture urges people to think about environmental protection, said Nguyen Duc Chi, administrator of the VNPhoto Forum.

In addition, a popular vote was held through World Bank Vietnam’s Facebook fanpage to determine People’s Choice Awards. The photo “Behind Industrialisation”, showing a person working on a dumping ground in the southern province of Tra Vinh, won both third place and the “most shared” photo on Facebook.

Receiving 570 likes, the photo “In the need for clean water” submitted by Pham Nhut Thuong won the “most liked” photo award.-VNA