The International Prize for Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña celebrates sixteen years. During this time, this contest has become an important referral for humanitarian photography both in Spain and at an international level, receiving more than 8,500 pictures from almost 3,000 photographers.
Announced by Doctors of the World, this prize tries to foment the humanitarian and solitary values by the use of photography and serve, at the same time, as a testimony and denouncement of the situation in which disadvantaged populations find themselves.
The deadline for inscription and sending the photographs is October 31st 2012
The Luis Valtueña Prize is celebrated annually in memory of Luis Valtueña, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo and Mercedes Navarro: they were all aid workers for Doctors of the World who were killed in Rwanda in 1995 while working for humanitarian aid. Luis Valtueña was a professional Spanish photographer and worked as a reporter for Agencia Cover, hence why the prize carries his name.
The first prize of this sixteenth edition is a working grant of 6,000 Euros. This amount will cover the necessary expenses to make a photographic report defined by Doctors of the World together with the winner.
The grant which the winner receives has allowed, in prior editions, the production of works like the ones by Andrew McConnell, Irish photographer who, with his project “The Long Saharawi Night,” won the World Press Photo in the portrait category.
Rule and Terms of Condition
This contest is open to photographers, enthusiasts and professionals legal of age and of any nationality. The photographs have to relate to humanitarian aid, international cooperation or social exclusion (human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, indigenous or immigrant populations). Photographs that show solidarity attempts to build a better world will also be accepted.
Each participant will have the possibility to submit up to ten (10) snapshots taken between 2011 and 2012.
The full version of the terms and conditions of this contest are available here:
The selected and winner snapshots will be part of the exposition of the XVI International Prize for Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña that will take place during 2013 in the main Spanish cities.Read More
The 15th edition Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award took place yesterday at 8:00 pm, in La Casa Encendida .
The inauguration was opened by José Guirao, director of La Casa Encendida; Miguel Falcones, president of Médicos del Mundo in Madrid; and Fernando Colomo, spanish film director. Nuria Navarro, Inmaculada Sirera and Fernando Valtueña relatives of Médicos del Mundo aid workers who were killed in Bosnia in 1995 and Rwanda in 1997 while they were working on humanitarian aid projects, were also present at the ceremony.
This year, the exhibition shows 30 images that focus on climate change issues and the problems of refugees, such as the tsunami aftermath in Japan, the impact of climate change in Mongolia, Somali refugees in Dadaab camp, Pakistan’s Christian minority, asylum seekers and refugees in Greece and Burmese refugees in Thailand.
The exhibition is open until January 29th.
Casa Encendida. C/ Ronda de Valencia 2, Madrid
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 22:00
Free admissionRead More
The competition, which has been running since 1998 in memory of the Médicos del Mundo voluntary workers killed in Rwanda and Bosnia, also features snapshots of Somali people in the Ifo refugee camp and asylum seekers in Greece .
The Italian photographer Alessandro Grassani is winner of the 15th International Humanitarian Photography Prize, presented each year by Médicos del Mundo, for his photographic series ‘Environmental migrants: the last illusion. Ulaan Baator, Mongolia’ depicting deep climate and social changes which have taken place in Mongolia. The list of winners includes runners-up Luca Catalano Gonzaga also from Italy, and Argentinian Photographer Gabriel Pecot, with their snapshots of Somali people in the Ifo refugee camp, Kenya and the asylum seekers in Greece.
The jury agreed unanimously to award first prize to Alessandro Grassani for his snapshots of environmental migrants in Mongolia. Grassani’s photographs are part of an ambitious project about the environmental migrations.
According to a forecast by the United Nations, in 2050 there will be 200 million environmental migrants: people who will look for new ways of livelihood in the urban areas of their home countries, which are already overcrowded and often extremely poor. “90% of this kind of migration- as Grassani explains – will occur literally in less developed countries, and will be the cause of the new humanitarian emergencies of the planet in the next few decades”.
This year has established a record in terms of participation: 347 photographers from 33 countries have applied, with a total of 2949 photos received. The winning and commended images make up the 30 snapshots that will shape the exhibition of this year’s award, the tour of which will begin in Madrid in the Casa Encendida Center on 24 January.
Members of the jury of the fifteenth competition are: Marisa Flórez, managing editor of photography for the newspaper El País, Jon Barandica, photo editor of Público, Yara Sonseca, exhibitions coordinator at Obra Social Caja Madrid’s La Casa Encendida, Begoña Rivas, photographer for the newspaper El Mundo, Paul White photographer and editor from the Associated Press, Susana Vera photographer for Reuters’ Agency and Alvaro Gonzalez, Medicos del Mundo President.
The first prize won by Alessandro Grassani is a grant of 8,000 euro aimed at creating a photographic project in the areas of work covered by Médicos del Mundo.
This award is presented each year in memory of Luis Valtueña, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Mercedes Navarro, Médicos del Mundo aid workers killed in Rwanda in 1997 and Bosnia in 1995 while working on humanitarian aid projects. Luis Valtueña was a professional photographer and worked as a reporter at Agency Cover in Spain, which is why this award bears his name.
LIST OF WINNERS OF THE 15TH LUIS VALTUEÑA INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE
- FIRST PRIZE:
Series ‘Environmental migrants: the last illusion. Ulaan Baator, Mongolia’ by Alessandro Grassani (Italy).
Series ‘Waiting for humanitarian aid in Dadaab’ by Luca Catalano Gonzaga (Italy).
Series ‘Hellas Hell’ by Gabriel Pecot (Spain).
OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED FOR THE EXHIBITION
- Series of photographs ‘Tsunami Aftermath in Japan’ by Paolo Pellegrin (Italy).
- Series of photographs ‘Insha` Allah (Pakistan’s Christian Minority)’ by Marco Gualazzini (Italy).
- Series of photographs ‘The Recyclers’ by Vicenzo Floramo (Italy).
Few days left to participate to the XV Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award! Give injustice victims a voice through your gaze.
And in doing so, together, we can bring injustice to an end.
Send your photos before October the 15th.