Submit your toilet photos to Defeat DD’s 2014 calendar contest

Untitled   His and hers in Nigeria. Credit: WaterAid/Suzanne Porter courtesy of the UK Department for International Development.

How do you put a squeamish issue like defecation at the forefront of people’s minds? By featuring photos of toilets from around the world in a 2014 calendar, of course!

This creative contest, “Oh, The Places We Go,” is brought to you by  PATH and DefeatDD.org, the hosts of the annual Poo Haiku challenge (which ONE’s Global Health Policy Director Erin Hohlfelder won in 2011!). It aims to raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people who lack access to basic sanitation, which remains a major contributor to the fatal spread of diarrheal disease.

Although this contest sounds a bit “unique,” we admire this daring approach to what can otherwise be a tough topic. You have until now until October 13 to submit your photos of toilets. Multiple submissions are encouraged, and you can submit photos on any theme, including toilet humor, innovations, the toilet as an artistic subject, and toilets and child health.

Some guidelines: 

- Ensure photos are a minimum of 3600 x 2700 pixels at 300 dpi resolution and submitted in JPEG or TIF format.

- Use the hashtag #PlacesWeGo to submit your photo on Twitter, DefeatDD’s Facebook page, Pinterest, or Instagram. You can also email your photos to info@defeatDD.org. Captions are optional, but encouraged.

- If your photograph includes people, we want to be certain they are cool with that. Have them sign this form and then send it to us at info@defeatDD.org.

The winning photographs will be used in the calendar, and winners will receive a dozen copies of the calendar to share.

Enter the calendar contest here!