Six Photojournalists For Mekong River Project

Water Science Policy (WSP)


Term Length: Output-based – six photostories in six locations

Start Date: ASAP

Completion by: 15 January 2022

About Us: Water Science Policy (WSP) is an independent magazine delivering original and multilingual content around water to a global audience. Our platform offers a broad range of views about the most fundamental element of life at the intersection of the economy, climate, health, nature, and society’s issues. We strongly believe in open access information to raise public awareness, propose solutions that can be replicated, and inform more inclusive public policies. Our goal is to ensure that water-curious readers – regardless of their financial or technical resources – can access thought-provoking analyses to form their own opinions about the biggest challenges the world faces today. Our authors include water advocates, scholars, professionals, photographers, and storytellers, who publish op-eds, editorials, commentaries, policy briefs, and photo documentaries on our platform freely. We bridge geographical regions, borders, sectors, ethnicities and language barriers.

About the Position: Situation, Role Overview, and Key Responsibilities

Water Science Policy is currently working on a project on the Mekong river. This project will be part of a larger initiative currently being developed by Water Science Policy. It will map the journey of major rivers from source to sea, offering an interactive tool to highlight rivers’ history, data, their communities’ stories, their ecological significance, and best practice projects that cut across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The final product will be a scrolling website to virtually guide the user through the river journey with the support of a full-fledged visual and graphic design experience. Special features will be added to the Mekong Basin website, including articles by experts, investigations, and videos from the ground. The website will be updated on a regular basis and look to garner support from regional stakeholders. As part of this project, we are looking for six photojournalists to produce photostories around the Mekong. The stories are meant to be a glimpse into the local realities around the Mekong in the six countries that it flows through. Once completed, the photostories will be translated in at least 3 local and another 5 UN languages. We prefer working with local photojournalists who are based in the Mekong region.

Key Responsibilities

We are looking for six unpublished photostories around the Mekong RIver basin. Requirements:

  • Proven expertise in photojournalism
  • Knowledge of Mekong’s history and challenges, in particular pollution and competing uses
  • Ability to locate and identify key locations of the Mekong river basin.
  • Dependable, well-organised, and able to work independently.

Additional Assets

  • Experience working in an international team.
  • Experience or strong interest in water science (& policy), international climate and/or environmental issues.
  • Access to networks in their community and/or region, and/or has demonstrated skills building a network.
  • Skills in publishing, post-production and editing


Water Science Policy is non-profit and is only able to cover basic operational costs for established team members. This position is covered with limited funding. WSP will pay 250 $ per photostory. This is a remote position; applicants must have access to a personal computer and camera equipment.

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please send us the following to [email protected] asap

  1. Your CV + portfolio or at least three sample photos of your work

If you have any questions about the position, contact us at [email protected]



IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development