Winner of CIWEM UK Junior Water Prize 2017 heads to Stockholm for Prize Ceremony

Krtin Kanna Nithiyanandam, winner of CIWEM’s UK Junior Water Prize, has flown to Sweden for the international competition in Stockholm

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize, run but the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), pulls together creative young minds from all over the world, encouraging their continued interest in water and sustainability issues.

This year’s winners were announced at last night’s ceremony, on Tuesday 29th August. Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang from the USA were highly commended for their fantastic entry for their novel approach to detect and purify water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera.


CIWEM staff were able to attend a number of conferences and panel sessions throughout the day on issues such as WASH and micro-plastics.

The prize ceremony was held at The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Participants from over 30 countries around the world travelled to Sweden with high hopes of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during the World Water Week. All finalists from participating countries were invited to Stockholm for five days to take part in the global conference through a variety of activities. Each of the finalists were further interviewed by a jury of international experts, who collectively decided who was worthy of winning this year’s prize.

The national and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance.

16 year old Krtin, winner of the CIWEM UK Junior Water Prize, which organised in partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), was a finalist for the international competition. As the UK’s representative, he said

“Taking part in this prize has been a fantastic experience. The award ceremony has been wonderful, and I have really enjoyed meeting other like-minded young individuals who are passionate about water and sustainability”.


Krtin’s project “A Novel, Photocatalytic, Lead-Sequestering Bioplastic for Sustainable Water Purification and Environmental Remediation” won the UK judges over. His entry focuses on meeting global wastewater management challenges, and exhibits waste water as an opportunity rather than a waste product.

The US winners received a USD $15,000 award, a blue crystal prize sculpture, a diploma as well as the stay in Stockholm. The prize was awarded to them by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the Patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Terry Fuller, CEO at CIWEM said “It is a fantastic opportunity to be here in Stockholm for the Junior Water Prize and see so many young people who really care about water. This competition provides support and encouragement for the next generation of water and environment professionals across the world.”

The 2018 UK Junior Water Prize will open for entries on the 4th September 2017.


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Photos by SIWI Stockholm International Water Institute