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"Caminos de Hierro":History of the photographic contest
 
Primeros Premios 1987-2018
Awarded 1987-2018
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The Spanish Railways Foundation created the Photographic Contest “Caminos de Hierro” in 1986, with the aim to promote the railways photography and its environment through its passengers, stations, trains, tunnels, subways... Throughout these 30 years, this contest has reached almost 33,400 authors participated with 75,300 photographs, not only from Spain and other European countries, but also from Africa, America and Asia. The contest encourages emerging trends in photography as well as the participation of young photographers through the Young Author Award, created in 1995.

This competition has being awarded by the National Photographic Award for the Spanish Railways Foundation, in the Patron Category, granted by the Spanish Confederation of Photographic.

“Caminos de Hierro”, currently endowed with a First Prize of 4,000 euros, a Second Prize of 2,000 euros, a Young Author Prize of 1,200 euros and four prizes of 300 euros each, is aimed at both amateurs and professionals, both colour and black and white photos being accepted. Photographic series are also welcome.

The winning entries and selected images from the photo competition will be displayed in an itinerant exhibition in the main railways stations in Spain. This annual exhibitions is organized in collaboration with Adif (Railway Infrastructure Manager) through its Programa Estación Abierta.

Since this contest began, the exhibition has been shown in all the autonomous communities in Spain: Andalucía (Algeciras, Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Jerez de la Frontera, Málaga, Sevilla), Aragón (Huesca, Zaragoza), Asturias (Gijón, Oviedo), Cantabria (Santander), Castilla y León (Burgos, León, Miranda de Ebro, Salamanca, Valladolid, Zamora), Castilla-La Mancha (Albacete, Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Toledo), Cataluña (Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona), Extremadura (Badajoz, Cáceres, Mérida, Plasencia), Galicia (Ferrol, A Coruña, Ourense, Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo), La Rioja (Logroño), Madrid (Coslada, Madrid), Murcia (Cartagena, Lorca, Murcia), Navarra (Pamplona, Tudela), País Vasco (Bilbao, Irún, San Sebastián, Vitoria), Valencia (Alicante, Castellón, Valencia).

A catalogue is published each edition with the selected photos

The Jury consist of people of recognized prestige, related to Photography or the railways, such as: Alberto Anaut, David Balcells, Mónica Carabias, Alejandro Castellote, Koldo Chamorro, Colita, Chema Conesa, Ricky Dávila, José María Diaz-Maroto, Manuel Falces, Cristina García Rodero, Daniel Gluckman, Pablo Juliá, Manuel Laguillo, Ouka Lele, Chema Madoz, Manuel Maristany, José María Mellado, Gregorio Merino, Eduardo Momeñe, Josep Vicent Monzó, Isabel Muñoz, Alejandro Pradera, Alberto Schommer, Jordi Socias, Antonio Tabernero, Paco Tortosa, Javier Tresguerres and Octavio Vinck, among many others.

The winners since 1986 are:  Rafa Martín (Madrid), Alfonso Herráiz (Valencia), Isabel Munuera (Madrid), Miguel Palacios (Madrid), Eduardo Dea (Madrid), Félix Bravo (Madrid), Miguel Ángel Fernández Blanco (Vizcaya), Juan Manuel Castro Prieto (Madrid), Nicolás López (Navarra), Isabel Munárriz (Zaragoza), Francisco Tamayo (Cádiz), Tomás Ortiz (Benejuzar, Alicante), Julio López Saguar (Alcorcón, Madrid), Manel Antolí (Barcelona) Joaquín Fanjul (Gijón, Asturias), José Manuel Sánchez Barrado (Zamora), Josep Güell (Barcelona), Antonio Martínez Xouvanova (Madrid), Mireia Ferrán Oller (Barcelona), Jesús María Gómez de la Cruz (Vitoria, Álava), Lourdes López Rodríguez (Tarragona), Jean Flêche (Alicante) Josean Pablos (Álava), Pilar García Merino (Madrid),  Antonio Manzano (Cantabria), Simone Maestra (Italia), Encarna Mozas (Soria), Nataliya Kharlamova (Rusia) and Cristina Bezanilla (Cantabria).

Photographic  contest "Caminos de Hierro"

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