Luis Valtueña

The Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, founded in 1997 and organized every year by Médicos del Mundo Spain, is dedicated to the memory of Flors, Luis, Manuel, and Mercedes, four of the organization’s aid workers who were killed in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina while they provided humanitarian aid.

Call for entries closed

The deadline for submitting entries for the XXVI Luis Valtueña International Award edition closed on October 31.

Winner and finalists
edition 2021

In the call for the 25th edition, were received almost 7,000 photographs taken by 808 authors from 94 countries.

Winner edition 2021

Jędrzej Nowicki

The Scars


Ever Sosa carries his daughter on his shoulders as he cross the Suchiate river from Guatemala to Mexico in an attempt to follow their path to the United States south border with a new migrants and asylum seekers caravan.

Finalist 2021

Alejandro Cegarra

The Two Walls


France-Calais, 11/30/2020. Palliative care center at the Calais hospital. Marion, 24, suffering from metastatic cancer, embraces her 7-year-old son Ethan in the presence of Peyo, who accepts to be touched and caressed by her alone. "With Peyo, we try to recreate life at the end of life, in order to fight, and create an energy to accompany families and caregivers," Hassen says.

Finalist 2021

Jérémy Lempin

Doctor Peyo and Mister Hassen


The city of Ayaviri, before the mine arrived, lived on cheese and milk. The cheese from Ayaviri was exported all over Peru, reaching as far as Lima and Cusco. Due to water contamination, the cows began to produce less milk and of low quality. Thus, the economic income of the breeders is lowered considerably, and the cheese producers have difficulty in selling it outside the city because the nearby markets do not want "contaminated cheese." This land does not produce vegetables, so people find themselves without the inputs due to farming and ranching.

Finalist 2021

Alessandro Cinque

Peru, a Toxic State


edition 2021

Claudi Carreras

Independent curator and editor

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Photographer, Magnum Photos

Ana María Arévalo Gosen

Freelance documentary photographer

Susana Vera

Photojournalist, Reuters

Fiona Shields

Director of Photography, The Guardian

Francisco Carrasco Garzón

Executive Director of Médicos del Mundo