Enter our photo competition – share your images of drought, water scarcity, water use, heatwaves, and water issues in the UK


The DRY project is launching a photo competition to find images of drought, water scarcity and heatwaves in the UK. Photographs are an important part of how we remember events in the past and how we share stories. As part of our work to collect people’s experiences, memories and stories of drought, water scarcity, water use, heatwaves, and water issues in seven UK river catchments, we are building a collection of images that will help us understand the significance of water for local communities and the impacts of water scarcity.

Images of stand pipes and parched earth might be the first things that come to mind, but we are looking for a wide variety of images that represent different issues related to drought in the UK. In our seven river catchments – the Bristol Frome, the Fowey (Cornwall), the Ebbw (South Wales), the Pang (near Wallingford), Bevil’s Leam (The Fenns), the Sheffield Don and the Eden (Fife, Scotland) – we would like to find images of previous droughts, and historical and changing uses of water around these specific rivers and their wider catchments.

If you have some photographs or other images and news clippings, please get in touch via the contact details below and share them with us. You will be entered into our wider story competition and have the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher or £20 Marks and Spencers voucher (deadline 31st August 2017). Please make sure you provide contact details so that we can get back in touch with you.

But please remember, if you share your image with us, we would like to share it on our website and at our public workshops. In submitting the photograph, we will take this to mean that you are happy for us to share the photograph for research and educational purposes, and that the copyright belongs to you or it is suitable for sharing freely.

Contact us if you have a query about the competition or would like to join one of our workshops to share your viewpoints about drought and water-use in one of our seven river study areas:

Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87024

Lindsey McEwen –
DRY project
Department of Geography and Environmental Management
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus,
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY

Email: DRY@uwe.ac.uk

Tweet your images and memories of past and current droughts, and local water-use on the Fowey river: @dry_project

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