2020 Call for Entries
24th Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award

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.

Time Frame

Friday, July 31th, 2020

Competition launches for entries

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Competition closes for entries

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Rectification of errors

November 2020

Jury's decision

January 2021

Award ceremony and exhibition opening

and benefits

€ 6,000

Cash prize *View terms and conditions

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.

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.


Un padre camina por las vías del tren llevando a su hijo en brazos unos cientos de metros después de haber cruzado la frontera entre Serbia y Hungría entrando en la localidad de Roszke. (Roszke. Hungría. 10/09/2015).

Winner edition 2015 | © Olmo Calvo

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.

edition 2020

The jurors for 2020 are Arianna Rinaldo (Italy), Emilio Morenatti (Spain), Federico Ríos (Colombia), Francisco Carrasco (Spain), Gorka Lejarcegi (Spain), Silvia Omedes (Spain) y Susan Meiselas (USA).


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
- Description of the project presented
- A series of between 5 (minimum) and 10 (maximum) photographs, in colour and / or in black and white.

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 2020 Luis Valtueña Award

L´appel 2020 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 24th Luis Valtueña International Award is being supported by Leica Camera Iberia.