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 long been neglected, despite the critical importance of access to sanitation and clean water for the overall well-being of any community. 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 nor are we willing to have a conversation about it.
From November 19th, 2015 through December 31st, 2015, we called 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 asked entrants to submit their pieces to us and our award-winning panel of judges. Ultimately, the winner of the competition was the person determined by our judges and the public to be the most able to use their photography as a catalyst for change and a tool for understanding.
This photo should attempt to challenge the predominant conceptions of that injustice and create an area for discourse, reflection, and important questions that only photography has the power to do. Like the issue of inadequate sanitation, these injustices -- anything from homelessness to immigration to prejudice -- necessitate a radical shift in the way we see them in order to then change the way we think about and act upon them.
Along with each photo we asked for a description of no more than 100 words that allows the judges and the public to understand its context.
The #ComingClean Challenge will be hosted on two different social media platforms: Instagram and Facebook, each worth 25%. Each photographer will be responsible for posting and sharing their respective photo, but will receive instructions from the Asepsis team on how to do so upon submission.
Our panel of experienced judges will be evaluating your photo's technical merits as well as it's ability to convey the narrative of a social injustice it aims to express.
Of our 10 finalists our judges will vote and decide who they believe should be the winner of the #ComingClean Challenge and who should be afforded the opportunity of a lifetime to come with us to India.
The finalists' photos will be judged at a public event.