UCC World Water Day Photo Contest


Contest is open 13 February - 14 March, 2018

(contest will close at 11:59 PM, 14 March, 2018)

How to Enter and Requirements for Entry

Information on how to enter:

  • To enter your photo, you must tweet it @GemsWaterCDC along with with the hashtag #UCCWorldWaterDayPhoto
  • The tweet must also contain a brief caption including a short description, the name of the location the picture was taken, the date, and the photographer’s name
  • All of the information must be contained in one tweet.

Requirements to enter:

The photo entered in the contest must:

  • Be of freshwater (streams, rivers, lakes, bogs, etc.). Any photos of marine systems (harbours, coasts, ocean, etc.) will not be accepted
  • Relate to this year’s World Water Day theme: the answer is in nature - This theme refers to the benefits that natural ecosystems can have on freshwater quality, and how humanity should learn about water management from examples in nature
  • Be an original - The person submitting the photo must have taken the photo
  • Basic editing is acceptable. This includes colour enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of the photo, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo
  • Advanced editing is prohibited. This includes creating illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding and removing of significant elements within the frame
  • Photo must be JPEG, crop ratio 10x13, RGB, and 300 ppi
    • Because the submissions are happening through twitter, we may request the higher quality photo later on

Rules on submitting

  • Submitter must be a current UCC student - This includes visiting international students, and is not limited to undergraduate students
  • Each submitter is limited to one entry - anyone found to be entering more than once will be immediately removed from the contest

Futher information:

  • Photos can be submitted whether or not they have been published (as long as no copyrights are infringed upon)
  • Copyright holders retain copyright to their work
  • For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (CDC) unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution pictures for activities in all media, social medias, online and print, and all promotional and educational activities for an under the umbrella of UN Environment GEMS/Water CDC without any remuneration being due

Information on Judging and Winners

Winners of the photo contest:

  • The top 5 photographs will
    • be announced on the UN Environment GEMS/Water CDC twitter (@GemsWaterCDC) on March 22, 2018 (World Water Day)
    • Winners will also be notified directly through Twitter
  • The top 3 photographs will
    • Be printed and placed on permanent display in the Environmental Research Institute at UCC
    • There is potential for the photos to be featured in other exhibits/publications
  • 2nd and 3rd place photographers will receive lunch & coffee vouchers redeemable in the Student Centre
  • 1st place will receive a cash prize of €50 thanks to the generosity of the UCC Student Centre!


  • All judging for the UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre’s Photo Contest for UCC World Water Day will be done by the staff of the UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre. More information on that staff can be found here.
  • Judging will be based on the following criteria:
    • The number of likes that the original submission recieves on twitter 
    • Photo’s relation to this year’s World Water Day theme: the answer is in nature
    • The photo’s focus on freshwater
    • Creativity/Originality
    • Clarity and quality of submission
    • Overall impression/impact

UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

UNEP GEMS/Ionad Forbartha Acmhainneachta Uisce

Environmental Research Institute, Ellen Hutchins Building, University College Cork