31 Memorial María Luisa Photo and Video Contest 2020

Cash prize of 3.000 Euros


All photographers and film makers who so desire, amateur or professional, may take part. All contestants will be able to submit a free first photograph to the contest; for the rest of the photos and videos, the participation fee for this year will be 22Euros (VAT included) for adult photographers, a single payment will allow competing in all categories including videos and films; for the novice-under 19 photographers, participation is free.


A/ Mountain Landscape: Captions showing mountains and their environment, in any of their forms.

B/ Alpinism: Captions showing alpinism, climbing on ice, mountain ski and the world of heights from a sports point of view, as well as the rest of the sports typical of high mountain and winter mountain.

C/ Climbing: Images related to rock climbing, bouldering, big wall, urban climbing, climbing wall, etc. and the world of verticality.

D/ Adventure and extreme sports: the purpose of this thematic category will be the photographs of all types of adventure activities and extreme sports which are practiced in the area mountains and nature, other than those referred to in paragraphs B / and C /, such as kayaking, highline, mountain biking, paragliding, mountain running, canyoning, caving, cave diving, scuba diving, wingsuit, surf, etc.

E/ Man in the Mountain and/or Nature: the photos showing a socio-cultural content referred to the native people of the mountains and to natural environments, as well as to their customs, traditions and ways of life, also those representative of hiking and trekking activities which can take place in these natural areas will fall within this category.

F/ Animal World: Any animal photographed in their environment.

G/ The world of birds: any bird photographed in their environment.

H/ Vegetal world: Any vegetal species photographed in its environment. Fungi are included.

I/ Submerged World: The theme of this category are the photographs of fauna, flora and ecosystems characteristic of the submerged areas, both freshwater and saltwater.

J/ Biodiversity: captions in this category will show animals or plants in their natural habitat. Judges will take into account the link between the different species and their environment and, also, the image composition criteria on the environment.

K/ Nature landscapes: Rest of landscapes not included in the A Category.

L/ Creative photo: Captions where forms, textures, colours, etc are determining in the composition. Abstract and creative photo.

M/ Macro picture: the world of the smallest ones. Macro photography.

N - Topic of the year: Black and white photography. The mountain, nature and adventure as well as the life forms which are characteristic of them and any of the sports that are practiced in them, shown in black and white, or in shades close to these colours.

O/ Videos, films or documentaries: Its conductor axis should be the mountain, nature and / or adventure, as well as sports and other activities that are practiced in those environments, referring to its theme to any of those described for the previous categories.


The panel of judges will be designated by the Founders Board of the "Memorial Maria Luisa" from amongst mountain and nature photographers of recognised prestige. Its verdict will be final and it will also decide on any complaints or other incidents which could arise. Judges will always assess the works submitted for the contest in an anonymous and individual way, based on the alphanumeric code which the computer system assigns each photograph from the very moment they are sent to the contest.


The decisions of the Judges Panel will be made public on 3rd March 2021, through announcements in the press and specialized magazines, without prejudice to immediate communication to the participants.


The Overall Winner of the "XXXI Memorial Maria Luisa", will be awarded a cash prize of 3.000 Euros *, a Trophy, a Diploma, a book portfolio and two invitations to the awards gala. The Overall Winner will be chosen from the fourteen category winners; the Jury will give the Prize to the most memorable & shocking caption. The overall winner will receive a cash prize 3.000 Euros, including the amount corresponding to his/her category.

Winner Prize of each Category: € 300, Trophy, Diploma, a book portfolio and two invitations to the awards gala.

Young Photographers Prize: It will be awarded to the best photograph submitted by contestants not having reached the age of 19 years on 1st December 2020. It will consist of a Samsung Tablet 4G, trophy, diploma, book portfolio and two invitations to the awards gala.

Special award for the theme of the year: it will be a Citizen Watch BN008, trophy, diploma, a book portfolio and two invitations to the awards gala.



Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The Organization reserves the right to make copies of all award-winning photographs as may be required for exhibitions, projections or publications related exclusively to the activities of the present competition, without limits in time, geographic location or mediums, and always crediting the authorship of said photographs. As it sees fit, the Organization may request a copy of the original file with maximum quality and size. Without prejudice to the above, the authors of the photographs will retain all legal rights to the same for any future use.