Isabel Muñoz. Ai Futaki. Series: We are Water © Isabel Muñoz

Official PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Awards

As every year, PHotoESPAÑA wants to recognize the work of photography professionals for their contribution to the discipline. A jury of experts is in charge of selecting the winners in different categories: PHotoESPAÑA Award for professional career, PHotoESPAÑA Special Award, Festival Off Award, Best Photography Book of the Year Award and Audience Award.


The PHotoESPAÑA International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts awards the PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Award to the photographer Isabel Muñoz, one of the most important figures on the current Spanish photography scene, won the National Photography Award and two World Press Photo Awards.

With this award PHotoESPAÑA wants to recognize the photographer for her career marked by her commitment to photography and the visual arts. Looking at people and the planet, and denouncing difficulties, but always with an optimistic outlook.

A brave woman who has investigated in her projects to extract the essence of the human being: from ethnic minorities to urban tribes or groups at risk of exclusion. His commitment has taken him to the most remote corners of the planet, like the bottom of the ocean.

Muñoz has interpreted like no one else the ability of photography to express movement with his projects around the human body and dance. Always trying to share his emotions and convey a message of hope.

Previously, they have been recognized with the PHotoESPAÑA Award: Spanish photojournalism, Donna Ferrato, Samuel Fosso, Cristina García Rodero, Harry Gruyaert, Paz Errázuriz, Ramón Masats, Bernard Plossu, Alberto García-Alix, Thomas Ruff, Graciela Iturbide, Malick Sidibé, Martin Parr, Robert Frank, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Klein, William Eggleston, Helena Almeida, Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, Chema Madoz, Luis González Palma and Josef Koudelka.

As part of the PHotoESPAÑA 2021 program, within the Official Section, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum is hosting the exhibition We are water by Isabel Muñoz.

PHotoESPAÑA Special Award

Rosa Ros is recognized with the PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Special Prize for her support to Spanish photography, materialized for more than 20 years, with the creation of the Bartolomé Ros Prize, which highlights within the Festival, the best careers of photographers and professionals within photography Spanish.

The award -which has been awarded to such prominent names as, Cristobal Hara, Colita, Gervasio Sánchez, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Chema Madoz, Isabel Muñoz, Ricard Terré, Javier Vallhonrat, Marta Gili, Alejandro Castellote, Joan Fontcuberta, Alberto García-Alix , Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, Ramón Masats or Cristina García Rodero- it has been a personal commitment of Rosa Ros as a sign of her support for photography in our country. Rosa Ros, means, within Spanish photography, a very relevant example of the importance of saving historical archives.

Daughter of Bartolomé Ros, a precocious photographer who in the 20s documented the first steps of the Legion in Spanish Morocco, Rosa Ros is responsible for the discovery of her father's lost archive, its care and its enhancement. A necessary example in a country that has often not paid the necessary attention to archives, which are a very valuable heritage of our culture.

Best Photography Book of the Year Award

The Award for Best Photography Book of the Year 2021 goes to Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishmentby Cemre Yeşil Gönenli in the international category; Where the maps foldby Juan Valbuena in the national category; SPINby Yusuke Takagi in the self-published category; and The Eriksay connection in the editorial category of the year.

The jury included Elvira Dyangani Ose, director of The Showroom, Erik Vroons, journalist, curator and freelance photographer, and César Martínez Useros, director of La Fábrica publishing house.

On, Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishment, the Turkish photographer Cemre Yeşil, represents the hands of prisoners from the early 34th century, taken from the photo albums of Abdul Hamid II, the XNUMXth Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The book is presented as a double structure that has a forgiveness manual and a punishment manual that can be seen facing each other.

Where the Maps Fold, by Juan Valbuena, is an incomplete atlas that, mixing word and image with geography and stories, seeks to get closer to people closely linked to the territory they inhabit or to the place they once had to abandon. (Includes: Noray, 1999-2012 A place in La Mancha, 2006-2020 Salitre, 2009-2014 Eyes that do not see, heart that does not feel, 2008-2018 Dalind, 2013-)

SPINby Yusuke Takagi delves into the scars alcoholism has left on the photographer's family and deals with the anxiety that comes from intergenerational conflicts.

The Eriskay Connection is a Dutch book design studio and independent publisher. Focused on contemporary storytelling and the intersection of photography, research, and writing, they work closely with authors to make self-contained books that provide a necessary new vision of the world around us.

All the winning books, as well as those selected for the award, can be seen in the exhibition The best photography books of the year which will host PHotoESPAÑA Gallery until August 30, 2021.

Festival Off Award

The galery Parra & Romero With exposure Portraitsby Ugo Mulas is the winner of the Off Award of PHotoESPAÑA 2021.

The jury, made up of collectors Juan Manuel Elizalde (Kells collection), Javier Astudillo (Astudillo collection) and Antonio Lobo (ETRA collection) has recognized this gallery: "for bringing the work of Ugo Mules as a portraitist». They have also highlighted the value of this "wide sample, with an excellent presentation, and of a photographer with great world weight."

The jury also wanted to grant paths honorable mentions to Freijo gallery, for the exposure Tangible and intangibleby Darío Villalba y The great, by sample Landscapes that Breathe by Verónica Vicente, Eva Díez and Moreno & Grau.

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