Amateur and professional photographers from any country are encouraged to enter their images related to humanitarian action, international cooperation and social exclusion. A maximum of three photos, taken between January 2004 and November 2006, may be submitted before the Nov. 15 deadline.
Two Spanish photojournalists took home prizes last year: Javier Arcenillas, with a black-and-white portrait of an aid worker cradling a gaunt woman in Calcutta, India, and Javier Teniente, with his photo of a young boy walking through a town destroyed by the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. (To see winning photos and for more information visit medicosdelmundo.org/luisvaltuena.)
The first-prize winner will receive a grant of 8,000 euros to develop a photographic project, and two runners up will receive 1,000-euro cash prizes. A special 1,500-euro prize will also be awarded to the photographer who best captures the theme “Women and young girls, leaders of social change.” Additional photographs will be selected, along with the winning ones, to be included in an international exhibition.
Médicos del Mundo is an independent international organization dedicated to improving health worldwide. The Luis Valtueña award is an homage to four of the organization’s workers who were killed while helping others: Mercedes Navarro, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Luis Valtueña.