The winning photographer of the 2014/15 Professional Commission category, Mustafah Abdulaziz, received support to carry out his proposed project, an extension of his Water series, to explore the theme of Scarcity/Waste in a more in-depth way. The result is WATER: California, which encompasses the issues of water, sanitation and infrastructure in California.

 

This exhibition looks at California through the prism of water, where an exceptional drought has exacerbated a complex relationship between dire need, water scarcity and the infrastructure and resources at work.

 

Through the medium of aerial photography, Mustafah captures the scale of the agricultural fields that make California the world's sixth largest economy. He considers how water is moved to determine who gets too mcuh and who too little in order to show how this is determining our future. His work also focuses on water misuse in everyday life to ask: why do we make the choices we make when we know the consequences?

 

The exhibition is on show until January 31, 2017 at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA