2021 Call for Entries
25th Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award

Médicos del Mundo Spain announces the 25th 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 aid worker Luis Valtueña, we pay tribute to his memory and the other three humanitarian aid workers of the association murdered in Rwanda (1997) and Bosnia (1995) out their duties. It is also our wish to highlight the human values they represent.

If you are interested in participating in this call for entries, please click here for the terms and conditions (also available in English and French).

Time Frame

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Competition launches for entries

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Competition closes for entries

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Rectification of errors

November 2021

Jury's decision

March 2022

Award ceremony and exhibition opening

and benefits

€ 6,000

Cash prize *View Terms and Conditions

A professional camera Leica Q2 worth a total of €5,120

A set of 10 photobooks published by La Fábrica.

In addition, the winner and the finalists will also have their work published in the catalog and displayed in the collective and itinerant exhibition that Médicos del Mundo Spain shall produce.

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 March 2022. This is contingent on the health situation and/or travel regulations affected by COVID-19.

Médicos del Mundo is committed to widely promoting the chosen images and their authors for at least one year through press releases, meetings with the media, and ad-hoc dissemination materials, among other forms.


Jorge and his life partner Veronica fell in love eight years ago. Their little daughter Ángeles dances as a princess for them.

© Constanza Portnoy

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

edition 2021

The jurors for 2021 are Alessandra Sanguinetti (United States), Ana María Arévalo (Venezuela), Claudi Carreras (Spain), Fiona Shields (United Kingdom), Francisco Carrasco (Spain) y Susana Vera (Spain).


How to enter?

This year, entries must be submitted exclusively in digital format via the Picter website. If you are not yet registered on the platform, you will need to create an account in order to participate. You will only be able to submit a single application. Once your submission is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.

Each entrant must submit the following documentation:
- Personal and contact details
- Curriculum vitae
- A series of between 5 (minimum) and 10 (maximum) photographs, in colour and/or in black and white
- Description of the project presented, including captions

For entry requirements or further information, please refer to the contest rules.


Terms and

Before submitting to this award, we recommend you read the Terms and Conditions of the call (also available in French).

Click on the following link to download the rules in PDF: 

Call for entries 2021 Luis Valtueña Award

L´appel 2021 Prix Luis Valtueña (français)


For any questions or information, you can look at our FAQ’s page, or send us an email at premioluisvaltuena@medicosdelmundo.org.

If you have questions about the submission system Picter, please visit their help center, or you can email them at support@picter.com (only English).

The 25th Luis Valtueña International Award is being supported by Fundación Seur, Leica Camera Iberia and La Fábrica publishing house.

Fundación SEUR