Water without Borders, Water for Life Photo Exhibit Opens in Yerevan, 14 Apr 2008, ArmRadio

The winners in Armenia of the South Caucasus photo contest “Water without Borders, Water for Life” will be announced at an opening and awards ceremony on April 16 at 5pm at the Academia Gallery. Cash prizes for one winner and two runners-up from Armenia will be awarded at the ceremony. Fifty of the best photos submitted to the contest in Armenia will be on display at the gallery April 16-20.

The contest called for photos illustrating water in nature, water use, water management, trans-boundary water, and water pollution. Twenty-five amateur and professional photographs from Armenia participated in the South Caucasus regional photo contest organized by the USAID South Caucasus Water Program in cooperation with Eurasia Partnership Foundation and the British Council Armenia. The contest was held in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to draw public attention to trans-boundary water issues in the South Caucasus and the necessity for regional cooperation.

“Water in the South Caucasus, and particularly Armenia, is a treasure. Its taste, quality and curing capacities are unique. But we have exploited this resource and neglected our duty to keep that miraculous treasure clean and available for future generations. Through these photos we hope to raise awareness about the environmental harm that is caused by water pollution and dumping of agricultural and household waste into the water supply, and possibly even find solutions to water-related problems” says Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Country Director of Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Armenia.

The South Caucasus Water Program, implemented by PA Consulting, has been working since 2005 to promote cooperation among the governments of the three South Caucasus countries on issues surrounding regional water management and contribute to stronger environmental stewardship. On its third year the program has focused on raising public awareness of water quality issues, culminating in this photo contest.

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