Rules of Entry, Terms and Conditions

Terms and Condition


Please note that the competition rules (‘Rules’) is binding. Any queries about the Rules should be sent to

The Photography Competition is funded by WaterAid Ghana and run by Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM).

Participation in the Competition

Eligibility criteria

Five individual finalists will be chosen at the close of the competition. An overall winner will be selected from amongst the five finalists.

All entries must be accompanied by an explanation of how the theme, ‘Climate Change is Water Change ’ is represented. The explanatory text shouldn’t exceed 140 characters.

All entries meeting the conditions of entry will be published on the organizers website and its social media platforms.

Entries will be shortlisted by a judging panel consisting of professionals with backgrounds in photography, climate change and WASH.

Conditions of entry

By entering the Competition, the entrant agrees to maintain the highest standards in all actions and communications relating to the Competition and not to do or say anything that does or might damage the reputation of WAG, the Competition, or the other entrants. Entrants accept that by entering into the Competition they do not have any rights to any intellectual property of the Competition and/or the organizers. Entrants also agree not to use any names, logos or other intellectual property of the Competition or the WAG, or to make any public statement regarding the Competition, WAG or the other entrants without the prior written consent of the organizers.

It is the responsibility of each entrant into the Competition to ensure that they have read, and to abide by, the Competition’s Rules By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to abide by these Rules and to ensure that their entry complies with the Rules. Any entry that does not comply with the Rules will not be published on the organizer’s website or social media accounts, and will be disqualified. Winning entries which may later be found to have infringed any of the Competition’s Rules, will have their prizes withdrawn.

Entrants are not permitted to submit entries that: (i) have previously been awarded any prize, recommendation or other award in a national or international competition, (ii) depict obscene, offensive or pornographic images.

WAG has the final and binding decision on all matters relating to the Competition. No negotiation will be considered. WAG reserves the right to amend the Rules and to waive breach of the Rules at their sole discretion, acting reasonably.

Entrants are expected to submit entries that are consistent with the purpose and spirit of the Competition.

Information provided in the caption and description that accompanies the image must be complete, true and accurate. Captions and descriptions must not contain profanity or offensive language.

Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any national or international legislation that may apply and for securing any relevant permits that may be required for their photography.

If images include human subjects, the subject’s permission for their image to be used must be secured prior to entry and made available on request by WAG.

Prize winners will be notified in strict confidence by email. It is a condition of entry that the entrant does not disclose the details of winning entries to any third party until the official results are announced by the organisers. Failure to adhere to this condition may lead to disqualification.

Prizes are non-transferable and there are no alternatives.

By entering the competition, entrants agree that if their entry is selected by the judges for an award, they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their name and their entry in advertising, promotion and publicity of the Competition without additional compensation.

Submitted photos

Entries must be submitted in JPEG, PNG or TIFF format.

Entries should not exceed a maximum size of 4MB.

No borders, watermarks or signatures are to be included.

Any entry that cannot be authenticated or is not of an acceptable quality will not be published on the organizers website or social media accounts, and the entry will be disqualified.

Digital adjustments, such as and including the following: burning, cropping, dodging, sharpening tone and contrast, noise reduction, stitched panoramas and minor cleaning work, are permitted so long as they are reported within the description information and do not deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality.

Composite images are not allowed. Adding, moving or removing objects, animals or parts of animals, plants, people etc. is not permitted.

Smart phone entries are welcomed and encouraged.

Entrants must not include their name in either the photo caption or the description of the entry, or on the image itself.

Grant of Licence

By entering the Competition, the entrant grants WAG a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish, exhibit and communicate to the public, by any means and in all media throughout the world. This licence applies in relation to the Competition, any Exhibition and general use by WAG which shall include (with the right to sub-license where necessary) any of the following uses: (i) the process of judging the Competition (including the public vote); (ii) display during Exhibition; (iii) publication in WAG Calendars (iv) publication in other magazines or print media which WAG (or their official partners, supporters, or sponsors) may produce; (v) publication on relevant parts of WAG’s website, including within interactive elements available for viewing or download; (vi) in publicity materials (including social media); (ii) Inclusion in any and all publications associated with the Competition and Exhibition.

Rules of Entry


  • Entrants must be resident in Ghana.
  • Photos must have been taken in Ghana.
  • There is no age restriction for entry into the Competition.
  • One photo submission per entrant.
  • Entries will not be accepted from judges of the Competition or from individuals employed by WAG as well as their families.


The ‘Rules of Entry’ as defined here for the WAG Photography Competition (Rules) incorporate the Competition’s ‘Terms and Conditions’ (Terms). The Terms shall govern in event of conflict. By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the Rules and Terms of the Competition.

Competition deadline

The final closing date for entries into the WAG Photography Competition is 22 October 2016.

Entering the Competition

Entries must be made via the organizer’s email at

  • Entrant’s name
  • Entrant’s nationality
  • A photo caption
  • The location of where the photo was taken
  • A photo description explaining why/how the photo represents ‘Climate Change is Water Change’.

Entry acknowledgement 

Your entry into the competition will be acknowledged by email.

If your submitted photo adheres to the Rules and Terms of the Competition it will be approved and displayed on the organizer’s Facebook account. Users will be encouraged to ‘like’ and comment on their favorite photos.

Approved photos will also be published on the organizer’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Judging process

Criteria for judging will be based on:

  • Relation to the theme – how closely does the photography relate to the theme of ‘Climate Change is Water Change’?
  • Composition – how has the shot been framed? What angle is it shot from? What is the subject of the image?
  • Focus – is the subject of the photo immediately clear?
  • Difficulty – how difficult was the shot to obtain?
  • Originality of idea


The winning photographs will form part of WaterAid Ghana (WAG) photography portfolio. They will be published and promoted on the WAG website and social media accounts. The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All winners will be notified by email on/by the weekend of 4th week in October.

1st Prize
The photographer with the picture judged by a panel of judges to be the best overall will receive a total prize worth GHC800.

2nd Prize
The photographer with the picture judged by a panel of judges to be the second best will receive a total prize worth GHC500

3rd Prize
The third prize is worth GHC300

General enquiries

For all enquiries regarding the WAG Photography Competition, please contact






Today marks World Environment Day 2016. It is another reminder to humanity to safeguard the environment and protect and preserve the planet for future generations.

The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) and key allies— Ghana Youth Climate Coalition (GYCC), Green African Youth Organization (GAYO-Ghana) and Hipsters of Nature acknowledge the role that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandated to play in this regard.

We strongly urge the EPA to put the interest of people and the environment first in all decision-making concerning the 2x350MW coal fired power plant project led by the VRA and Shenzhen Energy Group to commence in April 2017. We particularly encourage the EPA to reject the ‘clean coal’ myth preached by proponents of the plant in an attempt to give impetus to importing coal pollution into Ghana. The Environmental Movement is adequately informed by available research information that:

  • Designation of a technology as a ‘clean coal’ technology does not imply that it reduces emissions to zero or near zero. For this reason, the term ‘clean coal’ is misleading
  • No clean coal technology sufficient to cut emissions from current generators by up to 50 per cent is economically viable at industrial scale or expected to become viable within the next five years
  • According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), state-of-the-art, Ultra-Supercritical (USC) plants can run at up to 46 per cent efficiency. On World Coal Association estimates, those efficiency gains mean a USC plant could emit up to 40 per cent less than a regular, existing power station. It is important to note that the USC technology is even an upgrade over the Supercritical technology to be deployed in Ghana. This technically means the proposed technology in Ghana is likely to be shrouded with more emissions.

On the other hand, investments and employment in renewable energy around the world are rising against all odds:

  1. US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) have provided $704k for a100MW solar power project in Ghana
  2. The world’s largest coal supplier The Shenhua Group of China is partnering with SolarReserve, a Carlifornia company to build a giant 1000MW solar plant in China
  3. Portugal reached a zero emission milestone on May 7, 2016 as the whole country was powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
  4. Solar generated more power than coal over a 24hr period in early April 2016 to set a new British record. Meanwhile, coal-generation hit historic low several times few weeks after in what experts say are the only occasions since the first coal-fired generator opened in London in 1882
  5. On Sunday May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity
  6. Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world. New solar, wind and hydropower sources were added in 2015 at the fastest rate the world has yet seen.

These are just examples of the path the whole world is taking— a transition from dirty energy to clean energy. The World Bank last month offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead. We believe Ghana should also listen to this counsel.

GYEM will continue to urge the EPA to be firm on its mandate and responsibility to protect the environment without compromising on the health of the people of Ghana and the integrity of our ecosystems.

Cc:     Volta River Authority (VRA)

Ministry of Energy

Ministry of Power

Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTI)

All Media Houses

Official Statement: We REJECT Coal Power in Ghana

Dear Volta River Authority (VRA) and Shenzhen Energy Ghana,

With reference to your publication in the Daily Graphic newspaper dated January 8, 2015, page 27, titled ‘Scoping Notice’, we wish you bring to your attention our concerns about the 2x350MW Supercritical Coal Fired-Power Plant as follows:

  1. We first of all acknowledge that the 120 page Scoping Report only sets out and validate the extent of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the project and ascertain the significance of the impact of potential key areas. It is not an ESIA in itself and hence not the absolute document for the justification of the project. However, for the environmental movement in Ghana, it serves as a very important document on the path of rejecting coal power in Ghana and recommend other alternatives to coal;
  1. Within the few weeks of circulating the Scoping Report to different organizations, civil society platforms, environmental coalitions and indeed the media, we came to a shocking conclusion that a greater section of the public and the media were not adequately aware and informed about the project. We therefore call for a number of coordinated public hearings and press conferences to further discuss it and most importantly involve individuals, organizations and institutions that responded to the Scoping Notice you served with phone calls, emails and in writing;
  1. Our major concerns about the project are the environmental pollution and health impacts of the activities leading to construction and operation of the coal fired power plant. Although the ESIA will make a frantic effort to quantify the extent of the related environmental impacts, we are well aware of the devastating health and environmental impacts of coal fired power plants across everywhere on this globe. Coal is a foreign pollutant in this part of the globe and indeed the Scoping Report duly acknowledged that there is limited knowledge of coal power use in this part of the world. But we are very much aware of the high level of fly ash, particulate matter (PM10), smog and other thermal pollution related impacts associated with the operation of coal power plants and hence making judgements based on the experiences of their use and impacts elsewhere is very important;
  1. We are very much aware of the tons of waste- about 5 million tonnes of ash waste (per annum) that would be generated from the plant, the air pollution of poisonous and hazardous gases that are injurious to heath, the discharges into water bodies that threatens aquatic life forms (including turtle breeding grounds close to the project site) and the destruction of the natural environment. While it is important for the ESIA to clearly communicate this for a progressive public debate, we are adequately informed by evidence of coal fired power plants elsewhere that the negative impacts are relentlessly devastating to human life and the environment as well as the irreversible nature of these impacts not only on the environment but also on human life;
  1. The Scoping Report indicated that children in Ekumfi Aboano are 55.9% of the entire population of 1,900 people. Children are very vulnerable especially to air-borne pollutants such as PM10 and smog. We are deeply concerned by the undeniable facts available that point to their health been compromised by the coal fired power plant. Ghana being a member of WHO, UN and other global conventions has a national mandate to protect the health of children and the vulnerable in society including those in Ekumfi Aboano.
  1. While we wait for the ESIA to respond fully and appropriately to each impact that would be outlined in that document, we hereby reject the idea of bringing coal power to Ghana on grounds of devastating health and environmental impacts of coal fired-power plants.
  1. In the interim, we are gathering and collecting signatures of individuals and civil society organizations who also reject coal power in Ghana as a petition to Government to abandon plans of bringing coal to Ghana.
  1. Respectfully submitted.

Cc: EPA, Ministry of Environment, Science & Technology