Essay Competition 2018

General Information

The theme for this year’s World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century and it is with this theme in mind that The National Water Commission launches its 2018 essay competition.

With an increase in global warming and climate change, the sustainability of our water resources for the future generations hinges on our children, hence the aim of the competition is to increase our children’s knowledge and awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting our fresh water sources.

Scope of the Competition

The essay:

  1. Must be completely original and written by contestants in English
  2. Word limit: 600 – 800 words for 9-12 years old category and 900 to 1200 words for 13-16 years old category.
  3. Will be judged on the following criteria: relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of the researched data, writing style and language skills.
  4. Essay submission should also include title and bibliography or list of references

Adjudication

  1. A panel of judges selected by the NWC will evaluate and grade the entries received. The decision of the adjudicators shall be final.
  2. The NWC reserves the right to reject/disqualify any application/essay that does not meet the specified requirements.

Please note the NWC encourages academic integrity and therefore students will be penalized for plagiarism.

Objectives of the Competition:

  1. To promote protection and preservation of water resources.
  2. To build awareness about the importance of water and water resource protection.
  3. To demonstrate NWC’s commitment to preserving and protecting water resources for future generations.
  4. To showcase the intellectual talents of young Jamaicans at the primary level.
  5. To encourage reasoning and creative thinking skills in children

Eligibility

  1. The competition will be opened to all registered primary/preparatory and secondary/high school students between the ages nine (9) and sixteen (16) across the island.
  2. Immediate relatives of NWC employees who are directly linked to the management of the competition are not eligible to participate.

Entry Form

The entry form must be completed with the essay attached and returned to the NWC’s Corporate Public Relations Department. Entry boxes will be set up at all commercial offices islandwide.

Entries will also be accepted electronically at imc.nwc@nwc.com.jm. Click here to download Entry Form

Prizes and awards

Prizes will be awarded to the top three (3) students in each age group for both the Eastern & Western divisions from which overall national winners will be determined.

From the official awards ceremony, photos and accompanying news release will be posted on the NWC website. Prizes will include laptops, tablets, cellular telephones, hotel accommodations, etc.

A prize will also be awarded to the school with the most and best entrants.

Assignment of Rights

The applicant hereby assigns to the National Water Commission the exclusive rights to publish applicants’ entries. This assignment includes the right to make and distribute copies of the entry in printed and electronic format as well as the right to broadcast on radio, television and internet.

Winning essays will also be displayed at the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) 2018 Conference which will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Additional Information

Participants will be encouraged to keep a copy of their essay as submitted essays become the property of the National Water Commission.

Photo Competition 2018

General Information

The theme for this year’s World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century and it this theme that drives the The National Water Commission’s 2018 photo competition. The overall aim of the competition is to increase awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting our fresh water sources.

Scope of the Competition

Guidelines:

Adjudication

Entry Form

The entry form must be completed with the photo attached and returned to the NWC’s Corporate Public Relations Department. Entry boxes will be set up at all commercial offices islandwide.

Entries will also be accepted electronically at imc.nwc@nwc.com.jm. Click here to download Entry Form

Assignment of Rights

The applicant hereby assigns to the National Water Commission the exclusive rights to publish applicants’ entries. This assignment includes the right to make and distribute copies of the entry in printed and electronic format as well as the right to broadcast on radio, television and internet.

Winning photos will also be displayed at the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) 2018 Conference which will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.