Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award 2020

A professional camera Leica Q2 worth a total of €4,990


Médicos del Mundo Spain announces the 24th Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, aimed at recognizing and disseminating the best images that singularly demonstrate social inequities, injustices and / or human rights abuses, or the situations that either foster or fight them.

By giving this competition the name of the photographer and international cooperant Luis Valtueña, we pay tribute to his memory, as well as to that of the three other cooperants of the association who were murdered in Rwanda (1997) and in Bosnia (1995) while carrying out their duties as humanitarian aid workers. It is also our wish to highlight the human values they represent.

The organization supports documentary photography and photojournalism and a means to raise awareness amongst the general public concerning social issues, while also promoting citizen mobilization and contributing to the eradication of the worst disease: injustice.

The submitted images must narrate a story related to one of these topics: natural disasters, humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, violation of human rights, armed conflicts, vulnerable groups, refugee and / or migrant populations.


A professional camera Leica Q2 worth a total of €4,990

A set of 10 photobooks published by La Fábrica.

Winning and shortlisted entrants will be included in the catalogue and in the collective and itinerant exhibition that Médicos del Mundo Spain shall produce or host.

The organization will cover the travel and lodging for two consecutive nights of the chosen entrants to attend the award ceremony and inauguration of the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, scheduled for January 2021. This is contingent on the health situation and / or travel regulations affected by COVID-19.


The competition is open to 18 years or older amateur and professional photographers of any nationality who are familiar with the documentary and / or photojournal-istic approach. All entrants must abide by the terms and conditions of the 2020 call for entries.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Médicos del Mundo acknowledges that the author of the images submitted will retain full ownership of the copy-right of those images.The entrant guarantees that he or she is the sole owner and author of each entry.


Environmental Documentary Photojournalism