Both day and night, utility operators, scientists, and advocates work tirelessly to ensure that their communities enjoy continued access to the world’s most vital natural resource: water. Although water quality professionals often work long hours and perform a crucial public service, they earn little recognition for their efforts to preserve both human and environmental health.

Water Environment & Technology Photo Contests aim to make the important work of the water sector more visible.

Submit your best photos to us for a chance to win exclusive WE&T prizes, which could include apparel, safety gear, educational resources, and more. Contests will be held every three months with different themes.

To participate, visit the Water Environment Federation Facebook page. Simply upload your photo and provide some basic information about what it depicts. Your photo will be added to an online gallery, where you and other water quality professionals can vote for your favorite photos.

Three winning photos with the highest number of votes will be selected on October 30, 2018. We'll print those photos in an upcoming issue of WE&T, and their submitters will receive prizes. 


“Word Out for Water” Photo Contest

Despite the immeasurable contributions of water and wastewater professionals to our health, habitat, and happiness, many customers regard these services as just another utility bill.

High-profile water supply issues such as Cape Town, South Africa’s drought crisis and contamination in Flint, Michigan, increasingly push the importance of proper treatment and water sustainability into the public eye. With water shortages looming in many parts of the globe, there has perhaps never been a better time for water professionals to teach their communities about using water responsibly, lift the veil on what goes on in a water resource recovery facility, and demonstrate the true value of water.

The Water Environment & Technology Autumn 2018 photo contest focuses on how utility professionals, equipment manufacturers, scientists, and engineers get the “Word Out for Water” at the local level.

By October 30, share photos of how you show your community that Water’s Worth It. Snap a photo during tours of your facility or from civic events, school presentations, or seminars. Show us how you mentor the next generation of water professionals. Exhibiting at WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans? Give us a glimpse of what attracts attendees to your booth. We will happily accept any photo that shows public outreach, community engagement, and underscores the importance of water-sector work.

Check the gallery daily for a look into the work of colleagues from around the world and to vote for your favorites.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How will WEF choose winners? When will winners be announced?

On October 30, 2018, WEF will choose three photos that have accrued the highest number of public votes over the 2-month submission period. Winners will be announced on the WEF Facebook page. The submitter of the photo with the highest number of votes will receive the contest’s grand prize. Submitters of the other two photos will each receive runner-up prizes.

What types of photos are you looking for?

For our “Word Out for Water” photo contest, we are looking for photos that depict water quality professionals performing public outreach and community engagement activities that teach others about responsible water use and lift the veil on what goes on in a water resource recovery facility. Our definition of "public outreach" is broad -- photos that show equipment manufacturers demonstrating their product to other water professionals are just as appreciated as photos from educational seminars at schools, libraries, and community centers.

All settings and subjects will be considered as long as the image is "safe for work" (i.e., no blood, gore, nudity, etc.).

Can I submit a photo of a colleague, or somebody besides myself?

Yes, but please be sure to secure the permission of all those featured in the photo. Any disputes arising from lack of proper permissions will be the responsibility of the submitter.

Can I submit an old photo?

Yes, but please indicate when the photo was taken during entry. 

How will winners be notified?

When submitting a photo, entrants must provide their email address. Winners will be contacted through this email address to coordinate prize receipt. If no response is received, WEF may also contact winners via Facebook message.

Are there restrictions on who can participate in the contest?

No. Entrants and/or voters need not be WEF Members, nor do they need to “Like” the WEF Facebook page to participate. However, WE&T Magazine is only sent to WE&T subscribers. Special orders are available upon request through the WEF customer service telephone line.

Please note that while there are also no residential restrictions on entrants, only submitters with a U.S., Canada, or Mexico mailing address may receive prizes.

Is there a limit on how many photos I can submit? On how many times I can vote?

Anybody can submit as many photos as they would like during the contest submission period. Each individual Facebook user can cast one vote per day on a single photo of their choice.

Do participants need to have a valid Facebook account to submit photos/vote on photos?

Yes. All WE&T photo contests will be housed via the WEF Facebook page, which requires visitors to have their own respective Facebook accounts to access. 

Will participants who do not win the contest be notified?

No. Only three winners will be notified on October 30, 2018. If you do not receive a notification from WEF, please submit photos for a future contest.

What rights to my photograph do I retain?

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, entrants grant WEF a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard WEF purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. WEF will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

I have other questions.

Please contact WE&T editor Justin Jacques at [email protected] with any further questions.

Contest Terms & Conditions


1. Eligibility: This Photo Contest is open only to those who register at and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of Entry. Employees of the Water Environment Federation, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Photo Contest. The Photo Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Agreement to Rules: By submission of your Entry, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, including without limitation your grant of a non-exclusive license for the use of your Entry, as further set forth herein.  You also represent and warrant that You meet all of the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of the Water Environment Federation as final and binding as it relates to this Photo Contest.

3. Photo Contest Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on September 1, 2018, 12 a.m., EST and ending October 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m., EST. All online entries must be received by October 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m., EST.

4. How to Enter: The Photo Contest must be entered by submitting an Entry including the photograph (“Entry”) using the online form provided at The Entry must fulfill all Photo Contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Water Environment Federation. Violation of the Rules may remove You from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Water Environment Federation.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Photo Contest (the “Winner”) will receive the following prizes:

  • Three (3) winners will receive:
    • One (1) Water Environment & Technology magazine Photo Contest winner trophy
    • Exclusive Water Environment & Technology magazine decals
    • Exposure on social media and in an upcoming issue of Water Environment & Technology magazine
    • ~$25 value

Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Water Environment Federation. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at the Water Environment Federation's discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Water Environment Federation to use Winner’s name, likeness, and Entry (including photograph) for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: No purchase is necessary to enter or win.  A purchase does not increase the odds of winning.  The odds of winning depend in part upon the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a community vote under the supervision of the Water Environment Federation. Winner will be notified by email within five (5) days following selection of Winner. The Water Environment Federation shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Photo Contest is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT THE WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE PHOTO CONTEST, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Representations and Rights Granted by You:  By entering this Photo Contest, You grant the Water Environment Federation, anyone acting on behalf of the Water Environment Federation, and the Water Environment Federation’s licensees, successors, and assigns, the nonexclusive right to reproduce, print, publish, broadcast, distribute, display, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your Entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Photo Contest, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes, without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. You further represent and warrant that your Entry is an original work of authorship, that you are the sole copyright owner of the Entry (or you have received all necessary permissions from the copyright owner, including permission to enter this Photo Contest pursuant to these Rules, and the authority and permission to grant the rights set forth herein for Water Environment Federation’s use of the Entry), that your Entry does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights, and that you have obtained permission from any persons included in the Entry (i.e., pictured in your photograph) for use in this Photo Contest as set forth herein.  If your Entry infringes the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Water Environment Federation. If the content of your Entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Water Environment Federation from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Water Environment Federation may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of any third party claims related to your Entry, including without limitation copyright infringement and invasion of privacy. 

9. Terms & Conditions: The Water Environment Federation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Photo Contest should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond the Water Environment Federation’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Photo Contest. In such case, the Water Environment Federation may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Water Environment Federation. The Water Environment Federation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the Entry process or the operation of the Photo Contest or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. The Water Environment Federation has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Photo Contest, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Photo Contest rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Photo Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, the Water Environment Federation reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless the Water Environment Federation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) Your participation in the Photo Contest, (ii) any acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (iii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iv) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (v) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Entry process or the Promotion; (vi) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS PHOTO CONTEST IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Photo Contest, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Photo Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Virginia having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Photo Contest). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an Entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Facebook website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here

13. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America 

Requests must be received no later than October 30, 2018.

14. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Photo Contest is 

Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America 

15. No other affiliations: The Photo Contest hosted by the Water Environment Federation is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

16. By checking the appropriate box on the Photo Contest Entry form, You, the Contestant, indicate that you have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to the Rules herein.

17. Contact: Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to [email protected]