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Work grant edition 2012

Olmo Calvo

Wawachaña, births on the roof of the world


Bolivia has one of the highest percentages of maternal and infant mortality in Latin America. In 2013, 230 women and 36 babies died for every 100,000 live births. One of the main causes of maternal death is bleeding during childbirth. That’s because many women give birth at home without medical conditions. There is a high percentage of the population that relies on biomedical medicine and does not go to hospitals to monitor their pregnancy and give birth. But for some years now, in some hospitals, they have created rooms conditioned according to indigenous traditions, where doctors and midwives work together so that women who do not trust biomedical medicine go to hospitals. Thanks to measures like this, the percentage of maternal and infant deaths has decreased in the last three years.


Olmo Calvo born in Santander (Cantabria, Spain) in 1982, he is currently based in Madrid.

In 2004 he was one of the founding members of the newspaper Diagonal, taking charge of coordinating photography. In 2005 he was one of the founding members of the photographers cooperative SUB in Buenos Aires (Argentina). With the SUB cooperative he won different international awards such as the 2009 Cuenca Art Biennial (Ecuador) or several awards at the 2010 and 2012 Pictures of the Year Latam. In 2012 he was awarded the first prize at the XVI International Luis Valtueña Photography Awards with a series about evictions in Madrid.

In recent years he has been documenting the crisis in Spain, doing reports such as “Fronteras Invisibles”, “Víctimas de los Desahucios”, “No Job Land” or “Los Que Se Quedan”. In 2013 he took part in the International Photojournalism Festival PhotON of Valencia as well as in the Barcelona Documentary Photography Circuit and the International Photojournalism Festival of Gijón. In 2014 he was awarded the ABC International Journalism Award “Mingote”, an Honorable Mention at the National Photojournalism Awards (Spain) and the award Desalambre for video-journalism. In 2015 he received the third prize at the Pictures of the Year Latam awards under the category “individual images of everyday life”.

He is currently working freelance for national and international media.