The story of the sanitation crisis is like the story of any social injustice; it must be brought to the light for change to come

With 2.5 billion people lacking access to adequate sanitation and 2,200 children dying every day from water-borne diseases, sanitation is the world’s foremost public health crisis. And yet, it has also long been neglected, despite its critical importance for the overall well-being of any community. And why? Because, for most of us it is a hidden epidemic. We cannot conceptualize the profoundly detrimental effects that inadequate sanitation brings and are not equipped or willing to have a conversation about it.

Asepsis aims to change this through the power of photography, but we need your help

From November 6th through December 6th, we are calling on photographers and photojournalists around the country to use the camera as a tool to shine a light on a social injustice that exists in any given community; to help the world see what is hidden from the prominent discourses of society and/or allow us to see these realities from an altogether different perspective. Then, after crafting the narrative of this social injustice, we want entrants to submit their pieces to us and our award-winning panel of judges. Ultimately, the winner of the competition will be the person determined by our judges and the public to be the most able to use their photos as a catalyst for change and a tool for understanding.

the winner of the #Comingclean challenge will then come with the Asepsis team in late January/february on an all expense paid trip to Odisha, india where asepsis is working with asha to build 231 toilets for 231 families.

 Here, the photographer will act as a lens not only through which we can objectively evaluate our work and impact with ASHA in order to maintain a completely transparent project, but through which the story of the sanitation crisis can emerge from the shadows.