Global poetry competition winners announced

WaterAid and UK Green Poet Martin Kiszko have picked the winners from our water-themed poetry competition, which saw over 2,000 children from around the world show off their creative skills.


9 Jul 2014 | UK
After receiving over 2,000 inspiring entries from children around the world, we're excited to announce the winners of our 2014 poetry competition:

  • Primary school age category: Uriel Sasieni, 10, from Nancy Rueben Primary School.
  • Secondary school age category: Rosy Pearson, 12, from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy School.
  • Home schooled category: Morro Barry, 9, from Southampton.
  • Best illustrated category: Jai Mark, 7, from Happy Learners.
  • SEN: Stephanie Scott, 15, from James Reid School. 
  • Primary international: Tapiwanashe Maria Masocha from New English school, Kuwait.
  • Secondary international: Monisha Wan Nurnizam from Deira International School, Dubai.
Jai Mark holds his winning poem, 'The Longest River'
Jai Mark holds up his winning poem, 'The Longest River'.
Scroll down to see more of the winning entries.

The winning poems will feature in an exhibition at the London Museum of Water and Steam this summer, alongside the winners of other categories and runners up.

Also on show will be a selection of poems and artwork from Martin Kiszko's books Green Poems for a Blue Planet  and Verse for the Earth, which were illustrated by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

"Water is something we easily take for granted; yet one in ten people lack access to this vital resource," says Martin, who led poetry workshops across the country in support of the competition and selected the winners with WaterAid.

"Through this competition, I hoped to get children thinking about the importance of water and the challenges faced by children in developing countries, while also tapping into their creative side to come up with their own challenging but fun poetry."

Our thanks also go to the many water companies across the UK that hosted workshops at their education centres. Find out more about our work with the UK water industry here.