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Breaking the taboo - sanitation cartoon competition call for cartoons (due March 12, 2014)

Setting the Scene

Just like you, we think a good way to make people talk about something is to make them laugh – with your creativity we want to break the silence about toilets and sanitation in India!

One reason why bad sanitation kills more than 1000 children every day in India is: It is still a taboo and people don't talk about it, even though it's an issue that concerns all of us - several times a day, every day.

Break the taboo around toilets and sanitation by submitting your work.

We invite you to submit your creative and fun ideas about toilets and sanitation in the form of Cartoons, Caricatures or Infographics that will create a humorous atmosphere around sanitation concerns. We are flexible with the entry's format as long as it:

Surprises the silent majority and makes them laugh and talk about sanitation!

Eligibility Conditions

  • The entry should not have received any previous awards in any other competition or from any other institution before.
  • This competition is open to each and every person except employees of GIZ and their families or anyone else directly associated with the organization of this competition.
  • The participant can be of any nationality.
  • In case a winning entry is from a team of designers, the prize will be shared equally among them.
  • Entrants must warrant that the medium they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  • Copyright for all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, by sending their entries, each participant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to the organizers to feature any or all of the submitted entries in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.


The deadline for submitting entries has been extended from 10 March to now 12 March, 2014 (midnight Indian Standard Time).
Winners will be announced on 22 March, 2014 - the international UN World Water Day.
The awards will be presented at the GIZ Office in Delhi on 22 March, 2014.
The decision of the jury is final.

Method of submission

To participate, please sign in and accept the eligibility conditions. Upload the entry and send the original or a printout by post to:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Ms. Angela Das
GIZ Office (India), 4th Floor, B5/2 Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi 110 029
Reference: WorldWaterDay

Photos should be at least 1600 pixel x 1600 pixel, a maximum size of 5 megabyte and should be uploaded in PDF format.

Awards and Jury

20 Cartoons, Caricatures and/or Infographics will be pre-selected and exhibited during the celebration of the World Water Day, 22 March in Jor Bagh, New Delhi. The artists of the 20 pre-selected works will be notified on the 18 March 2014. The five member pre-selection jury will consist of representatives of the organising and partner institutions:
  • Three representatives from GIZ/SuSanA
  • One representative from the Indian Institute of Cartoonists
  • One representative from Max Mueller Bhavan
The event to award the winners will be held on 22 March, 2014 as part of the celebration of the World Water Day at GIZ-premises in New Delhi.

During the celebration of the World Water Day, five outstanding works will be chosen by the guest in attendance voting for their favourite work. The five most favoured works will be awarded with:
  • 1st Prize of ₹ 50,000
  • 2nd Prize of ₹ 20,000
  • 3rd , 4th and 5th prizes of ₹ 5.000 respectively.


The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe. GIZ currently operates in more than 130 countries worldwide.

SuSanA: The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance is an open, dynamic international network of organisations working along the same lines. The Goal of SuSanA is to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs by promoting sanitation systems which take into consideration all aspects of sustainability, i.e. health and hygiene, environmental and natural resources, technology and operation, finance and economics, socio-cultural and institutional.


Max Müller Bhavan:
The Goethe-Institut in New Delhi, like all the other institutes in India, is known as Max Mueller Bhavan – in honour of Max Müller (1823-1900), a scholar of comparative religion and co-founder of modern Indian studies. The institute organises and promotes a wide spectrum of cultural events in Delhi and other north Indian cities with the aim of presenting German culture, particularly its contemporary aspects, in India. Its artistic and reflexive programmes and projects are developed in close cooperation with Indian partner institutions.

Indian Institute of Cartoonists: is an organization, first of its kind in India, established with the aim of promoting the art of cartooning in the country. The Institute, based in Bangalore, aims to recognize talents in the field of cartooning and reward them, showcase and preserve their art for future generations, guide young and budding cartoonists and above all, popularize the art among the masses.

Green Wicket: Jointly with KSCA, Green Wicket strives for its vision for a better tomorrow by making Chinnaswamy Stadium the first resource efficient stadium in India and to promote solar energy, water savings, waste recycling and hygiene measures at as many schools as possible in Karnataka. Chinnaswamy Satdium is just the beginning, as the campaign will be taken to other stadia across Karnataka and further spread the campaign’s message all over India – using sports to raise awareness for environmental protection. With cricket stars being Green Wicket ambassadors the campaign is all set to be reach out to the masses via media to promote  ‘resource efficiency’.

EAWAG/Sandec: Eawag is a world-leading aquatic research institute. Its research, which is driven by the needs of society, provides the basis for innovative approaches and technologies in the water sector. Through close collaboration with experts from industry, government and professional associations, Eawag plays an important bridging role between theory and practice, allowing new scientific insights to be rapidly implemented.

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