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21st Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award

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21st Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award

Once again, Médicos del Mundo has opened the call for its 21st Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award inviting amateur and professional photographers from around the world to participate with intent to denounce the situation of millions of people in the World.


This is the twenty-first consecutive year in which Doctors of the World–Médicos del Mundo (MdM-Spain) has conducted the Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award, initiated to denounce the situation of millions of people in the World and bring attention to human rights violation, social exclusion, armed conflicts, natural disasters and immigration.

Photographs must be related to any of the following themes: humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, refugee and immigrant populations or socially excluded groups.


Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of ten photographs, which can be distinct or part of a series. Only photos taken between January 2016 and October 2017, which have not been previously entered, will be accepted.
Photographs must be sent in JPEG format with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi/ppp, all high quality (12) compressed images with an Adobe RGB or SRGB color profile. The images must have a minimum size of 40 cms on their smallest side.
The digital image’s original structure can only be manipulated through darkroom techniques such as adjusting the brightness, contrast and color, underexposure and overexposure. No other change to the original digital image will be allowed. Only single frame photos will be accepted. Photomontages and multiple exposures will be excluded from the competition.

Along with the winning entries, the organizers will select other photos from all those submitted to form part of a traveling exhibition.

The awards ceremony will be held at a public event during January or February 2018 at a time and place to be determined.

There is no entry fee for this competition!

It's free to enter!


The competition is open to adult amateur and professional photographers of any nationality.


The winner will receive a project grant of 6,000 Euro to develop a photography project composed of at least 50 photos and a 30 minute video shoot related to the work of Médicos del Mundo, whether in Spain or in other countries.

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