The winners of the 4th ‘African Women in Spain’ MxA photography contest


The winners of the 4th ‘African Women in Spain’ MxA photography contest

  • José Antonio Grueso Perogil has won the first prize with the image “Dreams in motion
  • Second prize goes to Mingo Venero for “Fashion designer from Angola”.

Friday, 16th December, 2016. The 4th ‘African Women in Spain’ photography contest organised by the Women for Africa Foundation (MxA) has announced the winners. The first prize, worth €1,250, goes to José Antonio Grueso Perogil for the black and white shot “Dreams in motion”, which shows a mother and her small girl asleep on a train journey.

The colour photo “Fashion designer from Angola”, taken in Barcelona by Mingo Venero, takes the contest’s second prize to the tune of €500. In the photo, a young African lady is posing in the street in the Catalan city against a backdrop of street graffiti.

Furthermore, the jury decided to give a special mention with no economic prize to the photo “Through the glass” by Francisco Javier Domínguez García, a “very evocative image captured with great sensitivity” in the words of the jury.


                                  “Fashion Designer from Angola”, second prize in the contest (Mingo Venero)


                                Special mention from the jury for “Through the glass” (Francisco Javier Domínguez García)

The decision was taken unanimously by the contest’s jury, made up of the photographer Alfredo Cáliz; the photographer and gallery owner Blanca Berlin; and Ángeles Puerta from the Women for Africa Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

In the case of “Dreams in motion”, the jury appreciated the beauty of the shot as well as the technical efficiency with which it has been taken. Its creator is José Antonio Grueso Perogil, an employee at the University of Cordoba and an amateur photographer, who took the shot on the train travelling from Cordoba to Madrid.

Fashion designer from Angola”, the winner of the second prize, shows us a young, modern lady full of vitality, who belongs to the “new African generation that is helping to smash stereotypes”, in the jury’s opinion. It was taken by Mingo Venero, who combines his photography projects with teaching in different photography schools.

Nearly 300 photographs have been presented for this fourth edition of the contest and 171 people have taken part. The contest was held for the first time in 2013, and since then about 1,150 images have been gathered.

The photography contest “African Women in Spain” forms part of the project of the same name with which the MxA Foundation aims to lend visibility to the hundreds of thousands of African women resident in Spain (about half a million) and to get to know and steadily document the different situations of this large social group better, since we share our daily lives with them.

The Women for Africa Foundation, and especially its president, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, thanks all who took part in the contest and congratulates the winners. We would also like to thank the three members of the jury who have collaborated in this initiative since we launched it four years ago.

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