Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award 2019

grant of 6,000 euros


The Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, granted by Médicos del Mundo Spain recognizes the work of professional photographers who, through their images, denounce inequities, injustices and abuses, or testify to the situations that propitiate them or that fight.

By giving this prize the proper name of the photographer and cooperator Luis Valtueña, tribute is paid to his memory and that of three other cooperating members of the association who were murdered in Rwanda (1997) and in Bosnia (1995) when they were carrying out actions humanitarian

This award also wants to highlight human values and evidence all kinds of violations of people's rights. Doctors of the World is firmly committed to documentary photography to raise awareness among the general public and promote social mobilization, in order to contribute to the eradication of the worst of diseases: injustice.


The photographs must narrate or tell a story related to these topics: humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, refugee and immigrant populations or socially excluded groups.


A unique prize will be awarded. The winning person will receive a work grant of 6,000 euros (raw amount, the corresponding withholding will be applied depending on the nationality and the situation of the beneficiary) to make an in-depth report consisting of at least 50 photographs and how many pieces of video and / or audio it considers pertinent, around some of the lines of work of Doctors of the World, being able to be carried out in any of the countries in which the organization develops programs of humanitarian action and / or cooperation to the development.

The winner will have to present his work proposal to Médicos del Mundo in February of 2020, which will include the focus, description and objectives of the project, taking into account the mutual interests and the operational and safety conditions in the possible destinations. The proposal will be evaluated jointly with its author and once the agreement is formalized, the association and the advisory council of the Prize will provide the photographer with the due accompaniment and support for the complete development of their project.

The photographic project must conclude before November 30, 2020. And its author undertakes not to publish it by any means before the individual exhibition that will be held to present the final result in Madrid in January, 2021. This exhibition may circulate through more than one exhibition room.


Photographers and photographers of any nationality, of legal age and related to the documentary approach, may participate.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The right of reproduction, for the sole purpose of making billboards and press inserts following this competition – under the banner of MdM-Spain and its International Network in exhibitions, projects and campaigns; in the exhibition catalogue and pamphlets; as well as on the MdM-Spain website, the exhibition blog and social media (Flickr, Facebook and Twitter) and in organization campaigns and actions.


Documentary Photojournalism