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The lack of access to safe drinking water is one of the most important global challenges of the 21st century. Did you know that nearly 2 billion people world wide are forced to drink contaminated water every day? Make a difference by answering our call for photographs to raise awareness about this most basic requirement for health and for life.

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 to 1 million monthly unique visitors.

Exhibited photos
See the photos in the exhibition here.
Photo Criteria

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.

Submission period

The submission period starts September 21, 2017 and ends February 12, 2018.

Martin Schoeller

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 more

Kristen Ashburn

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 more

Robert Clark

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 more


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.

UN headquarters in New York City where photos will be exhibited
About Clean Water Here

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:

Supporters of Clean Water Here

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:

About 1x

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:

About United Nations World Water Day

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

Watermill Express

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:

World Vision

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:

David Clark Cause

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: is the world's most exclusive photo community. All photos are curated by 12 professional curators. Our mission is to make people feel.
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