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News WASH Media Awards 2011-2012- Call for paper

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) welcome entries for the fourth edition of the WASH Media Awards. This competition is open to journalists who publish or broadcast original investigative stories and reports on water supply, sanitation or hygiene (WASH) related issues and their impact on individual and country development.

The WASH Media Awards recognise and support the crucial role of media in raising awareness of the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene services. It aims to promote coverage of WASH issues in the local, national and international media to have a positive influence on decision-makers, the private sector, the civil society as well as individuals and households. 

To be eligible, entries must be published or broadcast between 1 April 2011 and 1 April 2012.

Journalists may submit one piece of work in the following formats: 

• Print & online (traditional print media such as newspapers, magazines and journals; articles that appeared in electronic versions of print media sources – online editions of newspapers, magazines or journals – or in recognized reputable media sources)
• TV (including documentaries)
• Radio
• Cartoons & photos (that appeared in traditional print media such as newspapers, magazines or journals; articles that appeared in electronic versions of print media sources – online editions of newspapers, magazines or journals – or in recognized reputable media sources)

Entries will be accepted in English, French and Hindi. Works not originally produced in one of these languages must be translated into one of them.

Six prizes will be awarded:

1. One for the best entry in print & online format 
2. One for the best entry in TV format
3. One for the best entry in  radio format
4. One for the best entry in cartoons & photos format
5. One for the best entry for the theme ‘economics of sanitation’ focusing on investing in sanitation, the cost of inadequate sanitation (financial, social, environmental etc.), sanitation marketing, sanitation entrepreneurship and any other related issues.
6. One for the best entry from a journalist based in a high-income country or a field reporter working for an international media outlet

Prizes 1 to 5 will be awarded to journalists from developing and middle income countries. For prize number 6, journalists from high-income countries or working for an international media outlet are invited to send entries in the same formats and languages as indicated above. The six winners will receive a cash prize and participate in the World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2012 as special guests of WSSCC and SIWI. All the entries will be evaluated by an international jury of distinguished media professionals.

All entries must be received no later than 1st April 2012 together with a duly filled in entry form  either by regular post or email: 

Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), WASH MEDIA AWARDS, 15, chemin Louis-Dunant, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 560 8181
Fax: +41 22 560 8184
Email: (mention in e-mail title: WASH MEDIA AWARD Entry)
The WSSCC FTP details can be provided upon request.

Queries can be directed to:

Ms. Tatiana Fedotova, WSSCC Communications Officer,
Mr. Rami Abdel Rahman, SIWI Communications Officer,

WASH Media Awards 2009-2010

Out of more than 180 entries from 40 countries, nine journalists were named the winners of the 2009/2010 WASH Media Awards. They are:

  • Teresa Rehman, freelance, India, “Sanitation in the time of floods”, English category
  • David Onofre González Travieso, Diario el Nacional, Venezuela, “Una sequía de obras”, Spanish category
  • Arsénio Basilio Manhice, Jornal Noticias, Mozambique, ‘Stress hídrico’ abala mulheres e crianças”, Portuguese category
  • François Koami Amégnignon, Radio Zéphyr, Togo, “Etat des lieux de l'eau l'hygiène et l’assainissement au Togo”, French category
  • Natalia Silitskaia & Oleg Banaru, freelance, Moldova, “Damocles Sword above the Moldavian Komarovo”, Russian category
  • Juana Salamanca, freelance, Colombia, “Los ángeles guardianes de los humedales”, Gender category
  • Nina Stenros & Anu Valve, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Finland, “Shit happens 1 / 4”, High-income country category

The winners recieved their awards during a ceremony at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm.

Contact information WASH MEDIA AWARD Entry (email: )
News type CallForPaper
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Source of information Stockholm International Water Institute
Geographical coverage Sweden,
News date 08/06/2011
Working language(s) ENGLISH