How to apply to WAF Awards 2016

“Our passion is to ensure all human beings have clean water, air and food ‒ the basis of life. Through WAFA we promote sustainable initiatives that focus on this quest, helping to replicate and scale them worldwide.”

Tina Lindgreen
Founder and President

Applications to the 2016 WAF Awards are now closed.

WAF Awards – celebrate hope

Thank you to all applicants to the 2016 WAF Awards! We have received over 170 applications  from all over the world, each of them an inspiring story of successful initiatives in the areas of water, air and food security. The selection process will begin shortly.

Our independent expert committee will evaluate all applications based on the sustainability criteria and select a shortlist of qualified projects. The list will be available in early August and the shortlisted applicants will be notified individually.

The qualified applications will then be featured on our website and social media channels to create awareness and support, in preparation for the vote. This is the first year WAF Awards finalists and winners will be selected by public online vote

The call for applications to the Humanitarian Water Air Food Awards is open to individuals, groups and organisations, operating anywhere in the world who have developed and implemented solutions that bring water, food and clean air to those in need. The main conditions for applying are for the project to satisfy selection criteria below, and have at least 2 years of proven results and success in bringing relevant change.

The highlight of the year is the award ceremony, at which the winners are presented with the WAF Award trophy. The ceremony is a celebration of hope where award finalists and their exceptional initiatives receive international exposure and the opportunities for connecting with strategic partners across the globe. Here they share their experiences with academics, business leaders, and the world.

Selection criteria


The project introduces new or better technologies, models or practices into areas in need.


The initiative has potential to grow and provide bigger impact.


The model is built on the pillars of economic and social development and protection of biodiversity.


The solution provides a learning model of sustainable practices that can be implemented in other communities.


Your project creates new and better opportunities for the affected communities and will empower their members.


The project has significant actual and potential environmental, economic and social impact, and has produced concrete results for at least 2 years.


WAFA believes that clean water and air and healthy food are every person’s birthright. Together, we can all make that a reality. WAFA works to identify innovative visionaries, from around the world, who are creating proven breakthrough solutions. We call them Exceptional Pioneers.

They are exceptional pioneers in the areas of food, air and water – and they can be found all over the globe, from urban jungle to rural tundra.  We are interested in hearing from or about everyone.  We want to bring them into the limelight of public awareness, so that more opportunities will be available to them; they need to be recognized and celebrated for all the fantastic deeds they’re doing for our world.