Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award

The 23rd Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award

Last date to apply

8 November 2019

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About Luis Valtuena Humanitarian Photography Award

The 23rd Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award is open to amateur as well as professional photographers who capture humanitarian and related activities. There is no participation fee for the awards and up to 10 entries can be submitted by any participant by mail/post. In these Twentieth years, this contest has become an important referral for humanitarian photography at an international level, receiving more than 8,500 pictures from almost 3,000 photographers. The last date of photograph submission of The 23rd Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award is 8 November 2019.

Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Dates

Event Dates
Photo Submission begins 10 July 2019
Last date of submission of Photographs 8 November 2019
Intimation to the winners  Before 15 December 2019
Presentation of the Awards January 2020
Completion of the Photography Project By 30 November 2020


About Photography Competition

  • Luis Valtueña was a professional Spanish photographer and worked as a reporter for Agencia Cover, hence why the prize carries his name.
  • This award comes as a tribute to and in recognition of Luis Valtuena, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Mercedes Navarro, Medicos del Mundo aid workers killed in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1997 while performing their duties as international humanitarian aid workers.
  • 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.

Photography Competition Prize Money

  • The winner in the 23rd Luis Valtuena Humanitarian Photography Award competition will receive a project grant worth 6,000 Euro to develop a photo project related to the work of Medicos del Mundo whether in Spain or another country, subject to the approval of the Organisation.
  • The grant will cover all project expenses.
  • Once terms of the project have been settled, Medicos 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
    • Remaining 25% at the end

Other Winners

Along with the winning entries, other photos will be selected from all those submitted to form part of a travelling national and international exhibition. Photographers will be contacted if their works have been chosen.

The Theme of the Photography Competition

 Themes of The 23rd Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award

  •  Humanitarian Action
  • International Cooperation
  • 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 have the possibility 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 will be taken between January 2016 and October 2017, and which have not been previously entered, will be accepted. The photographs must be submitted in digital format.

Submission of the Photographs

Photographs must be sent in a digital format with a minimum resolution of 300 PPP in the format JPEG with RGB colour profile. The digital images must not bear any mark identifying the entrant. Along with the photographs, an MS Word document of the Questionnaire must also be sent. The images will be sent by E-mail to:



  • Name and Surname 
  • Country of origin 
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Contact telephone 
  • Web/blog (if you have one)
  • Another contact person 
  • Series Title or photos presented. Include the word 'Series' if you are presenting a series of pictures, specifying their order
  • Brief description of the work, 300 words 
  • Captions 50 words maximum 
  • Brief biography of the author 
  • Technical Specifications: type of camera, digital or film, focal lengths or other technical data that the author may deem appropriate to emphasize

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Luis Valtuena Humanitarian Photography Award Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age 18+ years
  • Age: The participants need to be at least 18 years in order to participate in the Awards.
  • Nationality: The awards are open for nationals of all countries i.e. there is no restriction on the nationality of the participants.
  • Proficiency: Amateur, as well as professional photographers, can participate in the photography award.


Working members of Medicos del Mundo will not be able to participate in this competition.

Luis Valtuena Humanitarian Photography Award Selection Process

The judging panel for the award can be viewed on the award’s website. The panel will convene within forty-five days after the closing date, and the selection procedure will be as follows:


  • The panel will choose the three best works from among those submitted, shortlisting them for the first prize (project grant).
  • Once selected, MÉDICOS DEL MUNDO may require that the finalists submit a further sample of up to 12 photos dealing with one or two subjects, for the panel to select the overall winner.
  • Once the panel has reached its final decision, the winner will be notified.
  • The panel’s decision will be reached by a simple majority and the judges’ decision will be final.
  • Should the entries submitted not be of a sufficient standard, the judges reserve the right not to award any prizes.

Read more about the competition

Luis Valtuena Humanitarian Photography Award Address

C/ Conde de Vilches,
15, 28028 Madrid, España,

E-mail: premioluisvaltuena@medicosdelmundo.org

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