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YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD

The 17th edition of the Young Photographer Award has a winner: the project "The Southern border, in the shadow of the North" (La frontera Sud, a l'ombra del Nord), by the photographer Martí Albesa.

The seventeenth edition of Young Photographer has a winner: the project "The Southern border, in the shadow of the North" (La frontera Sud, a l'ombra del Nord), by the photographer Martí Albesa. The evaluation committee, made up of representatives from the Provincial Council of Girona (Diputació de Girona) and specialists and professionals from the world of photography, the arts and culture, unanimously selected this project and underlined its treatment of and approach to the topic (immigration), as well as its artistic and technical quality.

The project consists of a set of thirty-five colour photographs through which Martí Albesa builds a discourse in order to denounce the lack of attention paid to people who cross the Strait of Gibraltar, filled with hope but at the same time fearful of their uncertain future. "In their eyes, nothing but sadness and resignation. In their hearts, a more-than-human strength to survive the miseries that have been written for them. There are no fences, no seas or borders as strong as the right to migrate that they exercise at every turn," explains the author.

To give substance to this photographic report, Martí Albesa has focused his work on the ports of Tarifa, Algeciras, Barbate and the centres that accommodate immigrants in Los Barrios and San Roque. Conducted at the beginning of August 2018, the photographer shows how, during this specific period, "the agglomeration caused by inaction and the lack of coordination ended in stagnation in sports centres, disused warehouses or even in the ports themselves." Thus, the result was none other than "hundreds of people piled up waiting for some institution to take care of them."


The winner of the 16th edition was the photographer Daniel Casanovas, with the project "Nparanpare".

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