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26th Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award

Médicos del Mundo Spain is accepting entries to the 26th Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, aimed at recognizing and disseminating the best images that singularly demonstrate social inequities, injustices, and/or human rights abuses, or the situations that either foster or fight them.

The submitted images must narrate a story related to one of these topics: health, natural disasters, humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, violation of human rights, armed conflicts, vulnerable groups, refugee and/or migrant populations.

The winner of the prize will receive a gross amount of €6,000.

In addition, winning and shortlisted series will be included in the catalogue and in the collective and itinerant exhibition that Médicos del Mundo Spain shall produce or host. The organization will cover the travel and lodging for two consecutive nights of the chosen entrants to attend the award ceremony and inauguration of the exhibition in Madrid, scheduled for March 2023.

The competition is open to adult amateur and professional photographers of any nationality, familiar with the documentary and/or photojournalistic approach.

The Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award pays special attention to those stories of interest that are not covered or disseminated enough or are little known, to contribute to their dissemination and reflection.

By giving this competition the name of the photographer and international aid worker Luis Valtueña, the organizers pay tribute to his memory and the other three humanitarian aid workers of the association murdered in Rwanda (1997) and Bosnia (1995) out their duties. It is also the organizers’ wish to highlight the human values they represent.

Médicos del Mundo supports documentary photography and photojournalism as a means to raise awareness amongst the public concerning social issues, while also promoting citizen mobilization and contributing to the eradication of the worst disease: injustice.