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The competition, which has been running since 1998 in memory of the Médicos del Mundo voluntary workers killed in Rwanda and Bosnia, also features snapshots of the Haiti earthquake and violence in Latin America. The Basque photographer Fernando Moleres is winner of the 14th International Humanitarian Photography Prize, presented each year by Médicos del Mundo, for his photographic series ‘Children in African Prisons’ depicting children detained in Sierra Leone prisons. This year the competition, which has been running since 1998, has the support of the Manual Color photo lab. The list of winners includes runners-up Javier Arcenillas, also from Spain, and Italian photographer Riccardo Venturi with their snapshots of violence in Latin America by Arcenillas and the earthquake in Haiti by Venturi. The jury agreed unanimously to award first prize to Fernando Moleres for his snapshots of children locked up in Sierra Leone prisons. Moleres’ photographs are part of an ambitious project that took place in the African country’s prisons between February and August 2010. It is a tough project that tells the story of children accused of minor crimes held in appalling conditions in prison. The Bilbao photographer shows us the reality of overcrowded prisons where children are most vulnerable and suffer the worst conditions. The winning and commended images make up the 40 snapshots that will shape the exhibition of this year's award, the tour of which will begin in the Alhóndiga Bilbao on 20 January. Making up the jury of the fourteenth competition are: Marisa Florez, managing editor of photography for the newspaper El País, Jon Barandica, photo editor of Público, Charlon Julien, professor of photography at Obra Social Caja Madrid’s La Casa Encendida, Begoña Rivas, photographer for the newspaper El Mundo, Javier Arcos, Médicos del Mundo aid worker and Yolanda Rodriguez, member of Médicos del Mundo in charge of gender issues. The first prize won by Fernando Moleres is a grant of 8,000 euro aimed at creating a photographic project in the areas of work covered by Médicos del Mundo. This award is presented each year in memory of Luis Valtueña, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Mercedes Navarro, Médicos del Mundo aid workers killed in Rwanda in 1997 and Bosnia in 1995 while working on humanitarian aid projects. Luis Valtueña was a professional photographer and worked as a reporter at Agency Cover in Spain, which is why this award bears his name. In these fourteen competitions the award has become synonymous with humanitarian photography and aims to bring us closer to a reality which is sometimes hopeful, sometimes frightening, but to which we can not remain indifferent. Over the fourteen years of the award hundreds of photographers from around the world have submitted their snapshots to convey this reality. LIST OF WINNERS OF THE 14TH LUIS VALTUEÑA INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE - FIRST PRIZE: Series ‘Children in African Prisons’ by Fernando Moleres (Spain). - RUNNERS-UP: Series ‘Haiti Aftermath’ by Riccardo Venturi (Italy). Series ‘Sicariato de Sión. La historia de violencia y muerte en Latinoamérica’ (Hitman of Zion. The History of violence and death in Latin America) by Javier Arcenillas (Spain). PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED FOR THE EXHIBITION - Series of photographs ‘Children in African Prisons’ by Fernando Moleres (Spain). - Series of photographs ‘Haiti Aftermath’ by Riccardo Venturi (Italy). - Series of photographs ‘Sicariato de Sión. La historia de violencia y muerte en Latinoamérica’ by Javier Arcenillas (Spain). - Series of photographs ‘Srebrenica. Memories of a Genocide ’ by Alfons Rodríguez (Spain). - Series of photographs ‘War on the Edge of Heaven’ by Giulio di Sturco (Italy). - Series of photographs ‘Persecution of Homosexuality in Uganda’ by Benedicte Desrus (France). - Series of photographs ‘Rubbish Dump 2.0’ by Andrew McConnell (Ireland). - Series of photographs ‘Drought in Kenya’ by Stefano de Luigi (Italy). - Series of photographs ‘We are suffering here’ by Jan Lieske (Germany).