NWNL’s Awards & Honors


NWNL image in Smithsonian exhibit: bald cyprus in Mississippi River Basin

2016 – 2022: NWNL image in Smithsonian Exhibit

The “H2O Today / Water Matters” traveling exhibition by (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service) features a NWNL image by Alison M. Jones. SITES creates its exhibits for educational purposes. The Water Matters exhibit will be shown in various US communities from 2016 to 2022. See the H2O Today page for the itinerary. This teaching opportunity discusses our water usage and how water influences our lives. An online digital exhibit will run from 2016 to 2026. This exhibition is being developed by the Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a branch of SITES.

2016 Environmental Grant Announcement

The 2016 Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from was awarded to NWNL Director Alison Jones for her project of transcribing and posting 39 interviews of scientists, stakeholders and stewards in our three North American case-study watersheds: the Columbia River Basin, the Raritan River Basin, and the Mississippi River Basins.

The NANPA Foundation announced the award in January, 2016. Alison expressed her appreciation of the award in a NWNL January Newsletter.

2015 Photography Awards & Honors

“Fork of the Red River running through Palo Duro Canyon”

“Rita Blanca National Grassland during 2012 drought”

“Old Water Tower east of Kingsville” on the cover of Quench

Photostream Photography Contest by honored NWNL as its Grand Prize Winner and awarded NWNL top prizes in the following categories:

  • Grand Prize Winner / Winner in Rural Texas Water category: “Red River”
  • Winner in Water Conservation & Drought category: “Rita Blanca National Grassland”
  • Winner in Water Now and Then category: “Old Water Tower”

These were also featured in the May/June 2015 issue of Texas Rural Water Association’s bi-monthly publication, Quench, with NWNL’s “Old Water Tower” photo on the cover.

Distinguished Alumni Award from , Far Hills, NJ, was given to NWNL Director Alison Jones for her work as a documentary photographer focused on conservation and her role as Founding Director since 2006.

“Three Generations of Women Looking Out Over the Omo River”

2012 Photography Awards

World Heritage Rivers Photo Contest sponsored by , June 2012:

  • 2nd PLACE: “Three Generations of Women Looking Out Over the Omo River”.

“A child’s game in Uganda”

“Ugandan children study visitors to Bwindi National Park”

2011 Photography & Conservation Awards

5th Annual Photography Masters Cup sponsored by :

  • 1st PLACEOutstanding Achievement in Children of the World, “A child’s game in Uganda”
  • Nominee in Children of the World
    “Ugandan children study visitors to Bwindi N.P.”

Winning images were published in the print and on-line editions of The PHOTO PAPER and can be viewed here: Winners Gallery 2011 | Masters Cup.

Photographer of the Month by the honors NWNL Director Alison Jones with a Q&A interview about her focus on watershed conservation in May, 2011.

Eagle Conservation Award

Eagle Conservation Awards from were given to NWNL Director Alison Jones, and to the NWNL video team, Associated Pictures, at Rutgers’ 3rd Annual Raritan River Initiative Conference, June 2011. The award was announced after the screening of their film A Sustainable Perspective: The Raritan River Basin, which documents threats to the Raritan River Basin and current restoration efforts.

Maasai woman dressed for wedding ceremony

2010 Photography Awards

4th Annual Photography Masters Cup sponsored by :

  • Honorable Mention, portrait category
    “Maasai woman dressed for wedding ceremony” selected to be published Dec. 2010 in Photography Masters Cup magazine “The PHOTO Paper”

Winning portrait images can be viewed here: Winners Gallery 2010 | Masters Cup

“In Ethiopia, men paint their bodies with river clay and carry AK 47s to settle disputes over access to the Omo River …”

Environmental Photographer of the Year, 2010, a showcase by the :

  • Exceptional Image: “Ethiopian man with AK 47”

Winning entries were published in CIWEM’s The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010, which can be previewed here. Also see the NWNL Press page.

Award of Excellence, “The Red Barn”

International Photography Competition 2010, judged by the :

  • Award of Excellence:
    “The Red Barn”

Only 30 images out of hundreds of submissions were chosen for this honor. This image is from northeastern Washington in the mid-Columbia River Basin.

1st prize, “Three Generations of Women Looking Out Over the Omo River”

Portrait of a Global Woman Contest by :

  • First Prize: “Three Generations of Women Looking Out Over the Omo River”

Global Woman is a premier quarterly magazine and monthly webzine that covers the latest issues on women around the world. The publication serves to connect women from coast to coast and beyond, catering to their needs and giving voice to the many issues that affect their daily lives.

2009 Photography & Conservation Awards & Honors

Scott Pearlman Field Award for Science and Exploration by the was given to No Water No Life as fiscal support for its Mara River Basin Expedition to Kenya and Tanzania that included Alison Jones as Lead and Photographer and Alison Fast as Videographer.

Expedition Flags from the and from were awarded to No Water No Life to carry on its Mara River Basin Expedition to Kenya and Tanzania that included Alison Jones as Lead and Photographer and Alison Fast as Videographer.

Explorers Club Flag #93 was first carried to Colorado’s Salmon River (in 1939) and then to eastern Libya and Semliki in Uganda. WINGS WorldQuest Flag #13 is from our NWNL fiscal sponsor.

1   “A Hamar First Wife, Omo Valley, Ethiopia” (far left image)

The Worldwide Photography
Gala Awards 2009

Finalist in category: Portrait – People and Figure (image 1),
featured in the WPGA Annual Book 2009 and on The WonderPick Gallery

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2009 Windland Smith Rice International Awards sponsosred by
Semi Finalist – 2 images in category:
Indigenous Cultures
(images 1 and 2)

2009 PX3 Essence of Water and
2009 “Prix de la Photographie, PARIS” Px3 exhibition:
Photo Essay “Omo River Tribes in Ethiopia” (images 3 – 7)
exhibited in Farmani Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

3   Ethiopia: Omo River Basin, Karo tribal village of Duss, mother carrying water jugs, with young son, on bank above Omo River

4   Ethiopia: Omo River Basin, Duss, a Karo tribal village, woman holding black cooking pot in front of her face

5   Ethiopia: Lower Omo River Basin, Dimika, Hamar tribal region, woman holding empty waterbottle on market day

6   Ethiopia: Lower Omo River Basin, Hamar tribal region, returning from bull-jumping intitiation ceremony near Tourmi just east of Kesay River

7   Ethiopia: Lower Omo River Basin, Omo Delta at low water stage, Yelokoriyay village of Dassenech people, women washing clothes in the river

3rd Annual Photography Masters Cup sponsored by :
Nominee in 3 categories: People, Photojournalism, Portrait
Images 1, 2, 8 and 9 selected to be published Oct. 2009 in World Photographic Arts Magazine “The World In Photography”

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2008 Photography Awards & Honors

BLOW-UP Exhibition at Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA:
National Competition winner (image 10)

Juried by Harvey Stein, New York photographer, this national competition of photography and photo-based artwork interprets the title phrase in unexpected ways, from the silly to the sublime, from inflatables to explosions to angry “blow-ups.”

Expedition Flags from the and from were awarded to No Water No Life to carry on its Columbia River Basin Expedition in British Columbia and its Omo River Basin Expedition in Ethiopia.

2007 Conservation Awards & Honors

Commendation for Report for Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) Forest Ecology course: “Proposed Management Plan for Ethiopia’s Nech Sar National Park” (PDF, 16 MBlow-res PDF, 4 MB)

Scott Pearlman Field Award for Science and Exploration by the was given to No Water No Life as fiscal support.

Eliza Bailey Masters Award for Commitment to Community Service

Expedition Flags from the and from .