Wednesday, 18 May 2011

And the winners are...best World Walks for Water photos announced

It's the moment you've all been waiting for...Professional photographer Layton Thompson (http://laytonthompson.com/) has looked through every single one of the 600+ photos submitted to our flickr page of all of your walks for water around the world. It is our pleasure to announce the winners in the following categories:

Winners - Largest amount of people in a photo

Winner - Largest amount of people in a photo

This photo of school children walking for water in Tamil Nadu, South East India impressed Layton because " all of the children are dressed in blue/purple so they kind of echo a flowing river"

Winner - largest amount of people in a photo

This photo of walkers on the FORCE organised walk for water also won in the largest amount of people in a photo category.

Winners - Most unusual location

Winner - most unusal location

This picture, taken at east Suandarban (the world's largest mangrove forest situated south west corner of Bangladesh) won in the most unusual location category. Layton said "The pictures taken at the mangrove in Bangladesh are good. They show a lot of people, are colourful and also make a statement about looking after the environment to protect priceless water sources"

Winner - most unusual location

This picture, taken at east Suandarban (the world's largest mangrove forest situated south west corner of Bangladesh) won in the most unusual location category. Layton said "The pictures taken at the mangrove in Bangladesh are good. They show a lot of people, are colourful and also make a statement about looking after the environment to protect priceless water sources"

Winners - Best slogan featured in a photo

Winner - best slogan featured in a photo

This photo that shows the pollution of a once clean canal impressed Layton in the best slogan featured in a photo category because: "the whole picture makes a statement and when you read the description it hits home the need to protect and look after water sources."

Winner - best slogan featured in a photo

This photo of a young girl campaigning in Nepal won in the best slogan featured in a photo category. Layton said: "This is one of my favourite pictures of all 600. The colours are great, the girl looking off to the side looks good and even if you cannot understand what the statement says, the two exclamation marks let you know it's powerful."

Winner - best slogan featured in a photo

This picture of girls walking in Liberia is another winner in the best slogan category. Layton said: "I like this one because the statement is clear and very powerful as it's a group of girls"

Winner - best slogan featured in a photo

These young campaigners in Uganda won in the best slogan category because the picture is full of statements and your eyes are drawn to them

Winners - Most artistic photos

Winner - most artistic photo

Layton felt that the artistic creation featured in this photo deserved to win in the most artistic category. He said "The umbrella made from water bottles is stunning, and could also make a statement about rainwater harvesting / collection."

Winner - most artistic photo

This photo of Women Walking for Water in Makawanpur won in the most artistic category. Layton liked the unusual perspective and the contrast of colour and tone.
Winner - most artistic photo

Ollie Harrop's photo of children from Henry Cavendish School in London was another winner in the most artistic photo category.

Winner - most artistic photo

This photo of Belgian school children sheepishly eyeing up a bottle of dirty water also won in the most artistic photo category. Layton said: "I like this as it illustrates dirty water, it's full of teenagers who will be the next generation of policy makers and activists."

Winners - Most colourful photos


Winner - most colourful photo
Winner - most colourful photo

The wacky Cirque de Soleil performers won in the most colourful photo category for their pictures of their 6km run. Layton felt the images were really striking and colourful.

Winner - most colourful photo

WaterAid campaigners in Nepal won in the most colourful photo category for this picture showing a young boy walking for water. Layton said: "I really like this picture, it's dynamic and there's a good contrast between the terracotta jars and the blue & white hats. Because the frame is full it also gives a sense of a lot of people and a big event."

Winner - most colourful photo

Our final winner was this picture showing the UWASNET walk for water in Uganda. Layton said "I like this picture not so much for the literal colour (there are more colourful pics to choose from) but for the overall colour the image portrays with the music. The musicians on the left of the picture bring it to life and the fact the image has been cropped suggest the photographer thought about the composition and choose to present a more panoramic image."

What do you think of our winners? Let us know!

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