On World Water Day, March 22, 2018, twelve photographers will be selected by our famous judges and exhibited in the UN headquarters in NYC and on 1x.com to 1 million monthly unique visitors.
To document today’s issues, we are asking photographers from around the world to show us what the lack of safe drinking water means knowing the water cycle in its entirety includes all uses and users.
The submission period starts September 21, 2017 and ends February 12, 2018.
Martin Schoeller is an award-winning German portrait photographer renowned for extreme- close up portraits. Schoeller’s portraits emphasize, in equal measure, the facial features, both studied and unstudied, of his subjects - world leaders and indigenous groups, movie stars and the homeless, athletes and artists - leveling them in an inherently democratic fashion. Schoeller worked as an assistant to Annie Leibovitz from 1993 to 1996. Read moreHe advanced as a freelance photographer, producing portraits of people he met on the street. His work gained recognition for its strong visual impact and since 1998, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, TIME, GQ, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. Schoeller joined Richard Avedon as a contributing portrait photographer at the New Yorker in 1999, where he continues to produce award-winning images. His portraits are exhibited and collected internationally, including in several solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States and are included in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He studied at Lette Verein in Berlin and lives and works in New York City. For more information visit: martinschoeller.com
Kristen Ashburn is a documentary photographer who has received numerous honors including a nomination for the 28th Annual Emmy Awards (2007) for BLOODLINE, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism (2007, 2006, 2003), the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America (2006) and two World Press Photo prizes (2005, 2003). Read moreAshburn was awarded the Getty Grant in 2006, Canon's Female Photojournalist Award in 2004, and the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography in 2003. In 2004, she was recognized as one of Photo District News "30 under 30 photographers" and participated in the prestigious World Press Photo "Joop Swart" Master Class. In 2003 she was a speaker at the TED Conference. She began photographing the impact of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa in 2001 and released a book of this work in 2009 entitled I Am Because We Are with a forward by Madonna. Ashburn's work has also taken her to Iraq a year following the US-led invasion; Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, New Orleans after Katrina, Haiti after the quake and Russia to cover the spread of MDR-tuberculosis in the penal system. Her work has appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Life, Rolling Stones and The Telegraph Sunday Magazine among others.
Robert Clark is a photographer based in New York City, working with the world's leading magazines, publishers and cutting edge advertising campaigns, as well as the author of four monographs: Evolution A Visual Record, Feathers Displays of Brilliant Plumage, First Down Houston A Year with the Houston Texans and Image America - the first photography book shot solely with a cellphone camera. Read moreOver the course of his 17-year career shooting for National Geographic, Clark has contributed more than 33 stories, including 10 covers for the magazine. He shot the first digital cover for National Geographic in 2003 and his story Was Darwin Wrong? garnered the Picture of the Year award from the National Press Photographers Association. His most critically acclaimed photographs are also his most tragic. Clark captured the second plane hitting the World Trade Center on September 11th at the moment of impact. His four picture series won first place for the World Press Awards for Spot News. Clark lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, and is the owner of Ten Ton Studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. For more information visit: robertclark.com
12 photographers will be selected by world-renowned jurors to be exhibited in a physical exhibition in the iconic UN headquarters in New York City for two weeks, starting on World Water Day, March 22, 2018. Being exhibited in the famous UN-building is an incredible recognition that will open up many new doors in your photography career.
As the Clean Water Here Ambassador promoting the need for safe water around the world, Pitbull will be on hand to open the Clean Water Here 1X global photo exhibition on UN World Water Day at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. In addition, he will address the General Assembly of the United Nations to help launch the UN's Water Action Decade and Clean Water Here’s Decade of Difference.
Safe drinking water is a human right. It’s vital for all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, income, and political views. That is why we are working to improve access to sustainable safe drinking water by raising awareness, supporting research & education, and advocating for underserved communities in the US and abroad. For more information visit: cleanwaterhere.org
Supporters of Clean Water Here include Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Pitbull and more. For a complete list of celebrity supporters visit here: cleanwaterhere.org/supporters.html
1x is an online photo community with a difference, because all published photos are selected by professional curators. We started 1x because we wanted to promote photography as a form of art and because we think art is a basic human need that everyone should have access to. Our mission is to gather the best photogtraphy in the world, photos that make people feel. We empower photographers from all over the world by helping them to sell high quality prints of their works, enabling them to spend more time on their passion. Now we want to help out giving access to an even more basic need - water. Visit the 1x gallery here: 1x.com
World Water Day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as the annual “World Day for Water.” Coordinated by UN Water in support of the 193 member nations of the UN, this day is devoted to implementing recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water leverage World Water Day as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues facing the world. For more information visit worldwaterday.org
Clean Water Here supporter Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the U.S. and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. Founded in 1984, Watermill Express supports causes that promote the health and welfare of children and families. For more information visit: watermillexpress.com
A leading Clean Water Here beneficiary is World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world – reaching one new person with clean water every 30 second. A recent UNC study showed World Vision water wells in Ghana continued to function at high levels even after 20 years. For more information visit: worldvision.org
Clean Water Here supporter David Clark is the Founder and CEO of David Clark Cause and Cause Flash. For over two decades David Clark has been creating and producing cause-related brands and initiatives around the world. Noted for the quality of his groundbreaking ideas, David creates cause brands that leverage the iconic stature and cultural currency of world-renowned individuals and organizations. Select initiatives include the “46664” HIV/AIDS brand for President Nelson Mandela, and the “HEALING” initiative promoting Tolerance and Understanding for Muhammad Ali. For more information visit: davidclarkcause.com