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The prizewinners in the international poster competition have been announced.

As part of its plans for World Plumbing Day 2011, the World Plumbing Council (WPC) invited industry representatives to go into their local schools to deliver a Powerpoint presentation to children under the age of 10 on the links between water, health and plumbing. As part of this presentation the children were invited to design a poster for World Plumbing Day. Local prizes were presented for the best posters which were then entered into an international competition with prizes being awarded by the WPC.

60 posters were entered from India, USA, Canada, England and Scotland. The initial judging was conducted by WPC Chairman, Robert Burgon, with the final selection being undertaken by a group of 40 individuals who were asked to rank the top posters. The names and locations of the artists were not shown to those being asked to judge the posters.

The WPC prizes have been awarded to:

First prize:         Grace Wain of Cardross Primary School, Scotland (her school receives the equivalent of US$1000 and she will receive the equivalent of US$100)

Second prize:     Dominic Kestranek of St Ambrose Parochial School, Brunswick, Ohio, USA (US$500 to the school and US$50 to the pupil)

Third prize:        Emma Dobson of Ansdell County Primary School, Lytham St Annes, England (US$250 to the school and US$25 to the pupil)

Commenting on the competition, Robert Burgon said that it “was hugely encouraging to see the way in young people had responded to the messages contained in the Powerpoint presentation. In judging the best posters, we were not necessarily looking for the best artwork but for those which demonstrated a real understanding of the message. Many people involved in the final judging process mentioned the powerful message contained in the winner’s poster. It is a sad fact that a large number of the people in the world simply do not have access to basic plumbing facilities- clean water and effective sanitation. There is no doubt that many young people in several countries now have a better understanding of the importance of plumbing”.

Copies of the prizewinning posters are shown below.


1st place:


2nd place:


3rd place:

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