I’m just back from Barcelona, where I attended the final meeting of the Commission of Juros of REVELA 2013, the 2nd International Photography Award for the Social Rights Holders.
It is an unusual – and absolutely interesting – kind of photography Award, as the prize goes both to the photographer and to the photographied social group/NGO. And the award is pretty interesting: 50 thousand euros to be shared by the three winners (there is not a rank, all three win the Award by the amount of money is chosen according to the actual need of the organization and the potential impact on them).
This year the Jury is composed by
Antonio Amendola, Founder and President of Shoot4Change (me, yes)
Ângela Ferreira, director/curator of the Portuguese PhotoFestival Encontros da Imagem
José Antonio Bastos, president of MSF Spain (Doctors without Borders)
Stephen Burgen, journalist
Javier Bauluz, director of Periodismohumano (Human Journalism) and Pulitzer Prize winner
I love this Award, because the aim is to promote direct social aid, publicise the photographers and their portfolio and create dynamics of supportive social participation.
We met last saturday at “Espai Fotogràfic Can Baste” and reviewed the 20 finalist. 20 strong and important stories, told by 20 excellent photographers.
Choosing was hard. But eventually we did it and we also chose some honorable mentions of Shoot4Change.
The award ceremony will be held (together with GEA Photowords Award Ceremony) on Saturday May 25, 2013, at 19 pm in the Yard of Virreina Palace in La Rambla in Barcelona.
I cannot anticipate the results, of course, but I’m very happy about the authors/stories we awarded. You’ll see.
It’s a mix of important and dramatic social stories and positive stories that demonstrate the importance of those NGOs that work in the field on a daily basis.
It was also a fantastic opportunity to meet part of S4C Barcelona Group (with my old friends Alfons Rodriguez, Davide Camesasca, Marco Ansaloni, etc) and matching face and names with those with whom I only had facebook contact so far.
S4C it’s not only about stories, social networks, reportages, images. It’s about people and the lines that connect them and the stories they tell.
Can’t wait to go back to Barcelona.