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Water Works

James Hutton Institute

Water works is a monthly online photographic competition all about water and how we use it in Scotland.

Why is water important?

Every known form of life on earth, from the largest mammal to the smallest microbe, relies on water. As humans, water is a resource we cannot live without. It helps our food grow, we need it to drink, make the clothes we wear, produce the cars we drive, and to keep our bodies functioning – the human body is made up of 65% water.

What is the water works competition looking for?

We are looking for photographs, taken both indoors and outdoors, which reflect how we think of water, how we use it and what problems are associated with water, such as flooding, drought, or pollution.

Who can enter and what are the prizes?

The competition will run from January to December 2012 and is open to anyone up to age 18. There will be one winning image each month and one overall winner for the year. The monthly winners will be announced on the James Hutton Institute and Centre of Expertise for Waters websites, winning a £25 Amazon voucher; the overall winner will be presented with a canvas print of their photograph and a £100 Amazon voucher.

When are the entry deadlines?

Your photograph must be emailed to waterworks@crew.ac.uk by the 22nd of each month to be included in that month’s competition.

What is the James Hutton Institute?

The James Hutton Institute brings together the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and the Scottish Crop Research Institute to combine existing strengths in water, crops, soils and land use and  environmental research. The Institute will make major, new contributions to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security. (www.hutton.ac.uk)

What is the Centre of Expertise for Waters?

The Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) is a partnership between the James Hutton Institute and all Scottish Higher Education Institutes which ensures that water research and expertise is available and accessible to the Scottish Government and its agencies (www.crew.ac.uk).

For full details see the Water Works leaflet.