Water is Life! The Viva con Agua and Lomography Competition


Besides the air we breathe, water is the most fundamental source of life. It’s around us every day: Wet, precious, simply beautiful – unfortunately it’s too often taken for granted. Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli & Lomography want to draw attention to the beauty of this element. Show us your best water pictures and tell us how important water is to you and win some fantastic prizes!

Credits: jennson

Kids playing under a lawn sprinkler, naked feet in a river, a picture painted with watercolors, fish in an aquarium, the daily shower, snorkeling in the sea… water is always there – everyday, everywhere. We take it for granted and don’t often think about how life would be if we wouldn’t have it.

Did you know that almost 1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion live with poor sanitation facilities? Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli is a charitable organisation based in St. Pauli, Hamburg (Germany), which raises awareness on these issues by organising fundraising events. The funds go entirely to Welthungerhilfe, a private, politically independent, non-denominational, non-profit-organisation. The majority of the funds are used for the realization of drinking water projects worldwide using individually adapted solutions.

Viva con Agua - because water is life!

Water is Life!

Viva con Agua & Lomography want to see your best water shots. Show us the beauty of this precious element! You are totally free in your submission – it can be a river, waterfall, swimming pool, the sea, underwater pictures, bottle of water, raindrops… it’s up to you. But this competition is not only about submitting your best photos, we also want to know what you would miss the most without water. Share your thoughts with us in the photo description. Read on for more details.


  • 3 grand prize winners:
    The best 3 pictures will be published in the German Viva con Agua print magazine DROP! in November and they will be shown in a photo gallery on the Viva con Agua website www.vivaconagua.org for a longer time. The winners will get a free copy of the DROP! magazine and a Viva con Agua T-shirt (available as women’s and men’s shirts in all sizes). Additionally we’re giving away some Lomographic goodies. Each winner gets a La Sardina camera with flash as well as the brandnew Lomography Berlin City Guide.
  • 7 runners up:
    7 runners up will be shown in the photo gallery on the Viva con Agua website together with the 3 grand winner photos and get 15 Piggies each as well as the super new Berlin City Guide.


  • Film/Camera Type: Any analogue photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated.
  • Upload Limit: 3 images + filled out photo description. The description can contain a maximum of 1,000 characters. We want to know what you would miss the most without water? Just write some lines and share your thoughts with us. You can write one text and use it for all 3 submitted photos. You don’t need to write a different description for each photo. Please keep in mind the water theme. You are totally free in your submission – it can be a river, waterfall, swimming pool, the sea, underwater pictures, bottle of water, raindrops… it’s up to you. Show us the beauty of this element!
  • Minimum Photo Dimensions: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height. You must have a high resolution image available (minimum 300 dpi)
  • After notification, winners will need to submit high res files for print.

Please upload your photo to the Original competition on Lomography.de.

Read more about Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli on their Website. Become a Fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Show social engagement and support the organization with a donation.

written by zonderbar on 2011-08-15 #news #water #competition #berlin-city-guide #la-sardina #la-sardina-camera #photo-competition #viva-con-agua #drop-magazine #water-campaign
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  1. graefin
    graefin ·

    Please do not forget to also include an answer to the question "We want to know what you would miss the most without water?" You can add a text to your pictures in your lab.

  2. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    you do know that the max character limit "1.000" as in "number one [dot] zero zero zero" means ONE character right? unless you mean a max THOUSAND character limit description as in "1,000" or number one [comma] zero zero zero. just saying (:

  3. graefin
    graefin ·

    1,000 letters :) sorry. But in Germany you use a dot to write THOUSAND :) I will change that to limit confusion. Thanks for the comment!

  4. welland
    welland ·

    So how do we submit?! @Zonderbar

  5. kashalee
    kashalee ·

    where we submit?

  6. welland
    welland ·

    Hello?! How do we submit? #lomofail

  7. benjaminolivares
    benjaminolivares ·

    Inaripciones?!?!?!?!?!?! : D

  8. zonderbar
    zonderbar ·

    @welland @kashalee Please submit to the original competition on Lomography.de. www.lomography.com/magazine/competitions/2011/08/15/ohne-wa…. Thanks

  9. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    Guys, if you're confused about submitting, just follow the link to lomography.de as posted. You will not be logged in, but everything is organized there exactly as it is here on the international site, so click where you'd normal click "Login" and it will log you in. From there you can go to the competition page and submit, then use the drop down menu on the upper right to navigate back to the international site.

  10. chrisscott
    chrisscott ·

    I'm lost sorry, I did exactly what you said. Where is the 'upload' or 'submit' button on the original comp page? Thanks

  11. chrisscott
    chrisscott ·

    GOT it, thanks, sorry bit confused, only just joined up this morning!

  12. zonderbar
    zonderbar ·

    @chrisscott great :). welcome to the world of Lomography!

  13. kittyo
    kittyo ·

    I couldn't work out how to where/how to put my answer to "what would I most miss without water" so I've put it in the comments box under my submissions - I hope this is okay!

  14. zonderbar
    zonderbar ·

    @kittyo you can fill in your text in the description of your photo. go to the lab on the website where you upload your photos. click on the photo you want to submit and fill in the text in the description box there (on the left side). please try it again. thanks :)

  15. kittyo
    kittyo ·

    @zonderbar, done! Thanks!

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