The Water We Want – Winners Announcement

In October 2019, the Global Network of Water Museums launched The Water We Want, its first Youth Prize Contest calling to action young students between the age of 6 and 18 to share their perspective on water heritage and climate change through drawings, photos and videos. Students, teachers and water museums from all over the world participated in the contest with a great deal of enthusiasm and fantastic creative works, overcoming the great challenges of the last months. 

Today on International Museum Day, the Global Network is thrilled to announce the final 6 winners of The Water We Want 2020 which have been selected among 400 entries overall, from more than 20 water museums worldwide and with the participation of almost 7000 students. The quality of the works submitted proved to be so impressive that the Jury also appointed special mentions for each category (drawing, photos, videos) and for each age group (6-12, 13-18).

“On IMD, it is important recalling that all institutions and museums displaying any kind of water heritage must pay attention not only to their preservation and right transmission of dense layers of history encapsulated by our precious liquid assets but also to their links to the global water crisis” – declares Eriberto Eulisse, the Director of the Global Network of Water Museums.

All the winning works and the special mentions, along with all the entries shortlisted internally by the WAMU-NET museums who answered the call of the contest, will feature soon in a digital online exhibition where it will be possible to browse through the amazing artworks produced by the students and the stories they tell.

A heartfelt thank you to all the students and the teachers that took part in our youth contest 2020, The Water We Want with such beautiful works and to all the WAMU-NET members who facilitated and promoted this initiative worldwide. Finally, congratulations to the winners!


Drawing section (age 6-12): Forest Water – submitted by the Water Museum of Bangladesh & Action Aid, Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Drawing section (age 13-18): Paper Boat – submitted by the Living Waters Museum & LAMO, Leh-Ladakh (India)

Photo section (age 6-12): Drainage Species – submitted by Yaku Parque Museo del Agua (Ecuador)

Photo section (age 13-18): Water Scarcity and Underground Cisterns: the Traditional Houses of Tunisia – submitted by Hydria (Tunisia/Greece)

Video section (age 6-12): Creating Generations with Increased Consciousness – submitted by Water Museum ‘Agua Para Siempre’, Puebla (Mexico).

Video section (age 13-18): Abyss or Salvation – submitted by the National Water Museum of China, Hangzhou (China)

Please, download the attached Press Release for more details on the announcement of winners and special mentions.