International Humanitarian Photography Award 

The International Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtueña is organized by Médicos del Mundo (“doctors of the world”).

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

Photography Award Eligibility

Entries must be related to;

  • Humanitarian action
  • International cooperation and social exclusion –human rights violations
  • Armed conflicts
  • Natural disasters
  • Refugee and immigrant populations
  • Socially excluded groups, etc. –and/or to efforts aimed at building a fairer, more egalitarian world.

    Each participant will be able to submit a maximum of ten photographs, which can be part of a series or standalone. The photographs may be in black and white or colour.

    Only photos which have not been previously entered, will be accepted.

    The photographs must be submitted in digital format.

    How to Submit Entries

    Photographs need to be sent in two formats:

  • TIFF with a CMYK color profile
  • JPEG with RGB color profile

    with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi/ppp, in high quality compression (12) and with a minimum size of 30 cm (shorter side).

  • The original structure of the digital image can be altered using darkroom techniques such as adjustments to brightness, color contrast, overexposure and underexposure. No other change to the original digital image will be allowed.
  • Only singe frame photos will be accepted. Photomontages and multiple exposures will exclude the photograph from the award.
  • In order to confirm compliance with the award rules, the organisation reserves the right to request original image files as registered by the camera and before manipulation; or a scanned copy of the print, negative or transparency before manipulation.
  • The digital images must not bear any mark identifying the entrant.
  • The digital images are to be sent as follows: Photographs should be mailed on a properly protected CD or DVD, with the entrant’s name identified, along with the photographs, an MS Word document containing the following information must be sent:

  • Title of the work.
  • The word ‘SERIES’ if the photographs are part of a series, including the order in which the images must be viewed.
  • A brief description of the photograph, place and circumstances in which it was taken (max. 1 page).

    Special note will be taken where the background to the people or places featured in the photo is described.

  • Full name, phone number, email address and postal address of the photographer, and contact person in case of photographer’s absence.

    Award Prizes

    The following prizes will be awarded:

    1st Prize : a project grant of 8,000 euros

    The winner of the first prize will receive a project grant worth € 8,000 to develop a photo project related to the work of Médicos del Mundo (1), whether in Spain or another country, subject to the approval of the Organisation.

    The winner will define the project’s objectives and further development jointly with Médicos del Mundo.

    The grant will cover all project expenses.

    Once terms of the project have been settled, Médicos del Mundo will not require proof of spending.

    The grant will be paid in three instalments: 50% when the winner has been announced; 25% at the beginning of the project; and the remaining 25% at the end.

    The project will have to be finished before 30th November.

    Runners up: two prizes of 1,000 euros

    The runners-up will each receive a cash prize of €1,000.

    Award Closing Date

    The closing date for the submission of photographs is 15th October.

    For more information on Awards, see: International Humanitarian Photography Award
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