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PHotoEspaña 2017 poster.

PHotoEspaña, the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts of Madrid, is a photography forum that began in 1998. The Festival’s program presents work by Spanish and international image-makers. It runs an awards programme with several categories.


Over 600 exhibitions have been presented in museums, art centres and galleries, which have attracted more than half a million visitors each year, making PHotoEspaña the largest cultural event in Spain.[citation needed]

Each edition of PHotoEspaña is dedicated to a specific theme and the programme is divided into: the Official Section, which includes museums, institutions and large exhibition centres; and the Festival Off, which includes art galleries and other venues.

Some of the institutions that have taken part in hosting the festival include: Casa de América, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Fundación Telefónica, Fundación Canal, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Real Jardín Botánico and the Prado Museum, among others.

The Festival is supported by private companies and public institutions such as the Ministry of Culture and the Regional and Municipal Governments of Madrid. It is organized by La Fábrica, a cultural management entity.

Francis Hodgson, writing in the Financial Times in 2014, said "PHotoEspaña gives every photography festival in the world a standard to aim for."[1]


Discovery Award[edit]

The PhotoEspaña Discovery Award for best portfolio (Premio PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos al mejor portfolio) is an award that has been given since 1998. It is open to any photographer who has attended one of PhotoEspaña's portfolio reviews, which are held in Madrid, Caracas and São Paulo.[2] The winner receives an exhibition in the next edition of Photoespaña.

  • 2014: Moises by Mariela Sancari. The judges were Greg Hobson, Raphaelle Stopin and Christin Ann Bertrand.[2]
  • 2015: Parallel Crisis by Yannis Karpouzis. The judges were Lorenza Bravetta, Gilles Favier and Markus Hartmann.[citation needed]

Best Photography Book, international category[edit]

  • 2010: Atlas Monographs by Max Pam. Sydney: T&G, 2009. With the writer Stephen Muecke.
  • 2014: Party. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Cristina de Middel. Madrid: RM; London: Archive of Modern Conflict, 2013. ISBN 9788415118671.[2]

Best Photography Book, national category[edit]

  • 2014
    • Winner: Ostalgia by Simona Rota. Cádiz, Spain: Cuadernos de la Kursala, University of Cádiz, 2013. Edited by Fabulatorio.[2]
    • Honourable mention: The Pigs by Carlos Spottorno. Madrid: RM / Phree, 2013.[2]

Outstanding Publishing House of the Year[edit]

PhotoEspaña and OjodePez Award for Human Values[edit]

  • 2014: Aitor Lara.[2]

PhotoEspaña Award[edit]

This award pays tribute to the professional career of a major figure.

  • 2014: Ramón Masats.[2]

Bartolomé Ros Award[edit]

Awarded for the best Spanish career in photography.

  • 2014: Gervasio Sánchez.[2]


  1. ^ Hodgson, Francis (27 June 2014). "PhotoEspaña: the gaze turns inwards". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "PhotoEspaña Discovery Award". British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media. 161 (7826): 7. 2014.

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