Thank you for participating to our #Water4Islands Photo Contest for #WorldWaterDay! The competition is now closed. Results have been announced:

The two winning entries were selected for their originality, vibrant colours, technical quality and the great stories they were illustrating. You can see them below:

1.Mahesh Kumar Aungnoo, from Mauritius

You must be thinking: why is this tap upside down and how come water is just flowing out of it? Over here, people tend to put water pipes and taps everywhere without proper planning. In this picture, we can see a tap that has been wrongly installed. The tap was fixed vertically on the ground itself, at the corner of a garden, and the gardener forgot to close it. Because of how it is installed, it makes it easier for people to forget to switch it off, as it is not really visible to the eye. With this picture I want to show the importance of water and make people realise that by just placing a tap anywhere is not enough. We must be responsible, know the importance of water and find a suitable place where it can be accessible. Everyone should know how to avoid wastage, or else like just like this upside down tap, our lives will be upside down without water.  You must be thinking: why is this tap upside down and how come water is just flowing out of it? Over here, people tend to put water pipes and taps everywhere without proper planning. In this picture, we can see a tap that has been wrongly installed. The tap was fixed vertically on the ground itself, at the corner of a garden, and the gardener forgot to close it. Because of how it is installed, it makes it easier for people to forget to switch it off, as it is not really visible to the eye. With this picture I want to show the importance of water and make people realise that by just placing a tap anywhere is not enough. We must be responsible, know the importance of water and find a suitable place where it can be accessible. Everyone should know how to avoid wastage, or else like just like this upside down tap, our lives will be upside down without water.

2. Carla Rebelo, from São Tomé and Príncipe

Vanessa is 3 years old and already helps her grandmother fetch water every afternoons. Having access to clean, potable water in her own home would give her a better chance to enjoy her childhood. Action needs to be taken now to rectify water issues across São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as the social consequences of not having access to water.  Vanessa is 3 years old and already helps her grandmother fetch water every afternoons. Having access to clean, potable water in her own home would give her a better chance to enjoy her childhood. Action needs to be taken now to rectify water issues across São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as the social consequences of not having access to water.

This competition was organised under the framework of the Atlantic & Indian Ocean Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) project, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Support (UNOPS).

See all entries to the contest below: