Luis Valtueña

Since 1997, each year, Médicos del Mundo Spain has organised the Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award dedicated to the memory of Flors, Luis, Manuel and Mercedes, four of the organisation’s aid workers who were killed in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina while they provided humanitarian aid.

Call for entries 2021 is now open

25th Luis Valtueña International Award

You can submit your photographic series from July 12 to October 6, 2021.

Winner and finalists
edition 2020

In the call for the 24th edition, 708 series, 6,338 photographs in total, were received from 89 countries on all five continents.

Winner edition 2020

Santi Palacios

Seniors in Solitude


Hassana (fictitious name) 16 years old from North East Nigeria, kidnapped by Boko Haram with her twin sister who died in the terrorist camp. She returned home to find her village ravaged and parents killed by Boko Haram. She loves to study the globe, she hopes to travel the world someday because she believes its part of education.

Finalist 2020

Emeke Obanor



Camilo Gálvez (24) is a machine operator by profession and owner of a social networking site such as thetravel antü. "I have never participated in any march. I was caught in the middle of the protest, in front of the GAM cultural centre. I have a compromised eye and no vision, I'm waiting for my second operation".

Finalist 2020

Luis Sergio



A young girl asks for money on a street in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. By June 2019, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) had provided attention to nearly 80,000 Venezuelan children, adolescents and families countrywide.

Finalist 2020

Nicoló Filippo Rosso



For most women with this diagnosis nude photography is not possible for a number of reasons, including total rejection of a new body. But portrayed women decided to take this step thus trying to reach other women in the same situation who still cannot accept themselves.

Special mention of the jury 2020

Sergei Stroitelev

Am I not scared anymore?


edition 2020

Susan Meiselas

Photographer of Magnum Photos

Silvia Omedes

Director of Photographic Social Vision

Federico Ríos Escobar

Freelance Photographer

Arianna Rinaldo

Photo editor, curator and photo consultant

Emilio Morenatti

Spain and Portugal Chief Photographer for The Associated Press & Editorial Manager

Gorka Lejarcegi

Graphic Editor for El País Semanal weekly magazine

Francisco Carrasco Garzón

Director of Communication and Advocacy of Médicos del Mundo