The 135 photographs corresponding to the six projects awarded prizes and grants are now being shown at CaixaForum until February 2010 to prompt visitors to think deeply about living conditions in countries in conflict.
The competition, which came about thanks to a determination to recognise the then little-valued work of photojournalists, has this year awarded the winning prize to Spaniard Emilio Morenatti for his project ‘Gender violence in Pakistan’.
The selection tells the stories of ten Pakistani women based on their faces, disfigured because of family disputes or by rejected suitors. Just through these faces the photographer succeeds in portraying the cruelty of gender violence and the tragedies faced by these women for the rest of their lives.
Keeping to the subject of violence, second-prize winner Walter Astrada and his report ‘Post-electoral violence in Kenya’, made in that African country during the months of January and February 2008.
Distancing himself from the other prize winners, third-prize winner Alfonso Moral portrays Lebanon’s social reality in ‘Lebanon, between sea and fire‘ from two opposing angles: the tranquility of the sea and the changes brought by the conflict.
Besides the three winners, La Caixa awarded six grants to produce documentary projects, the results of which can be seen in the exhibition. It includes works by Lurdes R. Basolí, Fosi Vegue, Marta Ramoneda, Aleix Plademunt, Mikel Aristregi and José Luis Expósito.
This year 316 works were entered for the competition, the highest level of participation in the FotoPres Awards since it was first held in 2003.
FotoPres’09 Exhibition | From 30/10/2009 to 21/02/2010
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