Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award 2018

The winner will receive a project grant of 6,000 euros


This is the twenty second consecutive year in which Doctors of the World Spain (Médicos del Mundo España) has conducted the LUIS VALTUEÑA INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION.

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.


The winner will receive a project grant of 6,000 euros (amount before tax, which depends on the winner’s nationality and situation) to develop a photography project composed of at least 50 photos and a 30 minute video shoot related to the work of MdM-Spain, whether in Spain or in other countries where the organization is undertaking humanitarian action or international cooperation programs.

The winner together with MdM-Spain will define the objectives and the development of the project, taking into account common interests and the operative security conditions related to possible destinations. The amount of the grant should cover all expenses needed to develop the project. Once the project’s terms are settled, MdM-Spain will not demand an account of those expenses. The grant will be given in three parts: 50% after the judges’ decision, 25% when the project starts and the remaining 25% when the project concludes.

Along with the winning entries, MdM-Spain will select other photos from all those submitted to form part of a travelling exhibition. In their promotion, MdM-Spain will identify the photographers whose works have been chosen.


The competition is open to adult amateur and professional photographers of any nationality.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Entrants accept that MdM-Spain may postpone, shorten, extend, modify, cancel or suspend the competition if necessary. This absolves MdM-Spain of all responsibility, provided it has communicated any change in an appropriate way.

The winner and other finalists, in agreeing to the conditions of entry, afford MdM-Spain and its international network, the worldwide, non-exclusive right to make use of the winning entries until they revert to the public domain.