Photographers of legal age of any nationality from any place of residence may submit for the Esperanza Pertusa Photography Prize original and unpublished works on the subject of poverty and social exclusion, as long as those works have not previously won prizes in other competitions and as long as their publishing rights have not been committed.


Each participant may present a single work consisting of a photo project that will include the project title, three digital photos and a descriptive summary of the project.

The three digital photos will be taken using any technique, in black and white or colour, and will relate to the same photo project.

The summary will be between 200 and 400 words long and must contain the origin of the work and the motivation behind it, as well as any other information deemed relevant.


First prize: € 1500

Runner-up 1: € 500

Runner-up 2: € 500

The Jury

Isabel Muñoz, renowned Spanish photographer who won the Spanish National Photography Prize 2016 and two World Press Photo awards. Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts.

Claude Bussac, Managing Director of Art and Festivals at La Fábrica and Director of PhotoEspaña since 2006.

Ana Palacios, journalist, writer and documentary photographer, winner of the First Edition of the Fundación Esperanza Pertusa International Photography Competition.

Submission of entries

Entries will be submitted by email to, using the subject line “Concurso de Fotografía Esperanza Pertusa”.

The body of the email will include the following details:

  • Title of the photo project
  • Name and surnames of the photographer
  • National Identity Card (DNI) number or equivalent
  • Contact telephone number

Attached documents:

  • The 3 photographs, which will be submitted as individual JPEG files with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi. The photo may not be submitted in zipped format and its size must be between 3 and 8 M.
  • The summary of the project, maximum length 400 words. To be submitted in PDF format.

All the components will share the same photo project title.

Dates of the Competition

  • Admission deadline: 15 May 2022
  • Decision of the Jury: 13-17 June 2022
  • Announcement of the decision: 20-23 June 2022
  • Prize-giving ceremony: between 4 and 8 July 2022 in the context of PhotoEspaña 2022, Madrid.

The organisation reserves the right to change the above dates. Any changes will be announced on the Fundación Esperanza Pertusa website.

Reproduction rights and obligations

8.1. The copyright of the works submitted to the competition must be held by their authors. The Fundación Esperanza Pertusa will be held harmless against any liability arising from plagiarism or any other infringement of the legislation in force which may befall the works, including infringements of the data protection act and the right to privacy.

8.2. By participating in the competition, the photographers agree to the photos submitted being publicly exhibited on the website of the Fundación Esperanza Pertusa, which is bound to state the name of the photographer in any event and in any format.

8.3. The prize-winning works will become the intellectual property of the Fundación Esperanza Pertusa, which may copy them, exhibit them and use them for publicity purposes. The photographer and the year the prize was awarded will always be stated.

8.4. The Fundación Esperanza Pertusa may stage an exhibition of a selection of prize-winning and non-prize-winning works. Competition participants will be informed of the staging of that exhibition, stating the venue, the dates, the possibility that each author may sell their work and the conditions of sale.

The Fundación Esperanza Pertusa may publish a catalogue of that exhibition to be integrated into its activities report.