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Sant Pol de Mar Town Council and the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (IEFC) announce the first edition of the Joan Guerrero Award, as part of the International Festival of Local Documentary Photography Sant Pol Doc, which will take place in Sant Pol de Mar from October 9 to 15, 2021, according to the following:



The objective of the Joan Guerrero Award is to highlight the informative value of photography projects that do not tend to fit into media spaces for dissemination because they are local and intimate in nature or far from the interests of the news agenda, even though they faithfully reflect their time.


Photographers of any nationality can participate. They must be over 18 years old and associated with a journalistic and documentary approach. Members of the jury and/or employees or direct relatives of the organizers of the prize cannot participate.

3rd - THEME

The Joan Guerrero Award is open to local documentary photographic projects on any social theme.

“Local documentary photography projects” are considered to be those created by authors in their place of origin or residence for the purposes of providing their perspective of integration on the documented region.


Each documentary project will contain no more than 20 photographs.

Projects that are submitted to the competition must be unpublished and not have appeared in the format of a book or have been submitted to or won a prize in any other competition. However, the jury could accept projects that have been disseminated as a presentation on the author’s website or that have had limited, incomplete dissemination in the general media.

The participants declare that they are the sole authors and take full responsibility for there being no third-party rights, and for any copyright claims that could arise in relation to the works submitted to the competition.

Each author can submit to the Joan Guerrero Award as many projects as they consider appropriate.

Participation is free.


Works can be submitted to the first edition of the Joan Guerrero Award from 4 May at 24:00 hours (Spanish time zone) to 10 July 2021.

If the submission contains errors that can be amended, the competition organisation shall inform the participant so that they can make the corresponding corrections within two calendar days of receiving notification.


All the works that are submitted must be sent to the email address through the WeTransfer platform onlyeither as a message or as a link. If the second option is selected, the subject of the message must contain: JOAN GUERRERO PRIZE + AUTHOR’S NAME

The folder sent by WeTransfer must contain the following documents:

  1. A photographic series of no more than twenty images.

                      Format: jpg. Size: 1920 px., longest side.

  • Completed entry form that can be downloaded at this link:



Out of all the works submitted to the competition, the competition jury will select up to a maximum of ten projects that shall be considered finalists and shall be exhibited on the dates of the festival in Sant Pol de Mar. The production of these exhibitions shall be the responsibility of the Festival organisers in accordance with the author and in line with the allocated budget.

The organisers of the Joan Guerrero Award shall inform participants by email before 31 July 2021 if their project has been selected as a finalist in the competition and consequently will be exhibited at the Festival.

The organisers of the competition could ask participants for other promotional materials on the selected works and for any documents required to prove that the requirements given in the PARTICIPANTS section have been met.

To be able to print the works, the files must be sent with the maximum quality. The organisers reserve the right to request the original files (RAW/scan of the negative).

8th JURY

Before the start of the competition submission period, Sant Pol de Mar Town Council and IEFC will select the members of the jury of the Joan Guerrero Prize, which will be comprised of Joan Guerrero Award , which will be comprised of::

                      Joan Guerrero

                      A representative of IEFC

                      A representative of Sant Pol de Mar Town Council

                      Two professionals with a solid reputation in the area of documentary photography.

The jury’s decision shall be made by simple majority of its members and it shall not be open to appeal. The jury reserves the right to take decisions on any issues that could arise during the competition that are not specified in these rules.

The jury shall select, from all the competition entries, the works that shall be exhibited during the festival that shall be considered finalists of the competition and the winning work that shall be selected from these finalists.


The Joan Guerrero Award shall be awarded to one of the finalist projects that has been selected by the jury.

The Joan Guerrero Award hall be given by Sant Pol de Mar Town Council and shall have a value of €2,000.00.

The jury’s decision to award the prize shall be communicated directly to the author of the winning project by email (using the address provided in the entry form) before 1 October 2021.

The prize will be given and selected projects and finalists recognised at a public event that shall be held on Friday 15 October in Sant Pol de Mar.

Payment of the prize money shall be made in advance to the author who has won the Joan Guerrero Award . From its amount shall be deducted all applicable taxes charged for receiving the prize money, depending on the nationality of the author of the winning project.


All the projects that are selected as finalists shall be exhibited between 9 and 15 October 2021 in Sant Pol de Mar in a space allocated by Sant Pol de Mar Town Council.

On conclusion of the events of Sant Pol Doc, these projects shall be deposited in the Municipal Archive of Sant Pol de Mar Town Council and shall form part of the documentary collection of the Sant Pol de Mar Town Council for the purposes of creating a testimonial space that preserves local documentary reports as an asset of public interest.

These projects could be exhibited at dates subsequent to the first edition of Sant Pol DOC in the exhibition areas of the IEFC, for dissemination, pedagogical or educational purposes.

The authors of the finalist projects could ask the organisation to cede their project to exhibit it temporarily and shall take responsibility for any damage that could be occasioned during this time. In such cases, the project must be accompanied by the following legend: “Winning/finalist project in the first edition of the Joan Guerrero Prize of the International Festival of Local Documentary Photography, Sant Pol Doc”.

Sant Pol de Mar Town Council agrees not to transfer to other parties any copies of the projects without the express authorisation of the authors or their legal representatives.

Sant Pol de Mar Town Council, and IEFC, shall not acquire any exclusive rights over the winning project, or the selected finalist projects, beyond the rights to archive and disseminate the works that are stipulated in these rules. All of the authors shall maintain their copyright and consequently the opportunity to disseminate and market their projects.

The participants authorise the organisers of Sant Pol Doc to reproduce their works fully or partially for the promotion and dissemination of the festival in the media and in promotional channels (online and offline).

The participants accept responsibility for complying with current legal provisions relating to intellectual property and image rights and declare that that dissemination or reproduction of their works will not harm or violate any right of the competitor or other parties. For these purposes, the authors declare their liability before the Festival Sant Pol DOC to pay to third parties any related charges in the case of lawsuits, claims or conflicts due to infringement of rights by the authors.

For the purposes described in these rules, competition participants agree to sign any agreements that are required to carry out the aforementioned transfer.


In compliance with the provisions of Organic Law 3/2018 on Personal Data Protection and its complementary regulations, Sant Pol DOC states that personal data provided with the registration for the call, including email addresses, shall be gathered for processing for the purpose of carrying out the actions required to undertake the call for applications, verify that competitors meet the participation requirements established in these rules, and to be able to contact competitors if they are one of the winners, in accordance with the rules of this call for applications.

Once this purpose has been achieved, personal data (full name and email) shall be included in a file to incorporate in the Sant Pol DOC database so that information can be sent on new editions of the festival. According to data protection regulations, participants can exercise their rights of access, rectification, opposition and suppression (right to forget) limitation of processing, portability and right not to be the subject of individualised decisions by making this request in writing to the data controller:


Participation in this call for applications implies full acceptance of all these rules and of the competition jury’s decisions.

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