Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award

Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award

Deadline: October 11, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: €6,000 Cash prize, valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition, promotion

Médicos del Mundo Spain announces the 24th 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.

By giving this competition the name of the photographer and international cooperant Luis Valtueña, we pay tribute to his memory, as well as to that of the three other cooperants of the association who were murdered in Rwanda (1997) and in Bosnia (1995) while carrying out their duties as humanitarian aid workers. It is also our wish to highlight the human values they represent.

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


The submitted images must narrate a story related to one of these topics:

  • Natural disasters
  • Humanitarian action
  • International cooperation
  • Social exclusion
  • Violation of human rights
  • Armed conflicts
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Refugee and / or migrant populations

Prize and Benefits

  • €6,000 Cash prize
  • A professional camera Leica Q2 worth a total of €4,990
  • A set of 10 photobooks published by La Fábrica

Winning and shortlisted entrants 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 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, scheduled for January 2021. This is contingent on the health situation and / or travel regulations affected by COVID-19.

Médicos del Mundo is committed to widely promoting the chosen images and their authors for at least one year through press releases, meetings with the media, and ad-hoc dissemination materials, among other forms.


  • Friday, July 31th, 2020 – Competition launches for entries
  • Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – Competition closes for entries
  • Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 – Rectification of errors
  • November 2020 – Jury’s decision
  • January 2021 – Award ceremony and exhibition opening
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