KBr Photo Award

KBr Photo Award
Extended deadline until September 24

In June 2021 Fundación MAPFRE is launching the 1st edition of the KBr Photo Award, a biennial international prize that reaffirms the Fundación’s support for artistic creation. This support takes the form of promoting the winning photographer on a national and international level and furthering their career with a cash prize, an exhibition and an associated catalogue. 

The KBr Photo Award is open to Spanish and non-Spanish artists aged over 18 who will produce a new photographic project or complete an already undertaken one, both previously unpublished and which have not been entered for any other similar competition.

With this initiative Fundación MAPFRE is increasing its support for photography in the context of the KBr’s programme and activities. Alongside the exhibitions, lecture cycles and activities associated with the programme, the new KBr Photo Award both consolidates and expands the Fundación’s activities relating to contemporary photography. The opening of the centre in Barcelona marks a new phase in Fundación MAPFRE’s cultural activities in Barcelona and the KBr is aiming to become an international reference point for this artistic medium.

The prize is 25,000 Euros. In addition, Fundación MAPFRE will organise and present an exhibition in the Espai 2 at the KBr Fundación MAPFRE Barcelona Photo Center in February 2023. The exhibition will present the results of the prize-winning project and the Fundación will publish an accompanying catalogue.

Premios de fotografía Kbr Photo Award

The selection process comprises 2 stages:

Stage 1
A pre-selection committee at Fundación MAPFRE will assess all the entries and select the entries considered most suitable for presentation to the jury.
Stage 2
An international jury will select the winning entry. The jury will consist of 4 members who are prestigious figures in the international art world, selected by Fundación MAPFRE, in addition to the chief curator of photography of said institution.


Opening date of the competition

8 June 2021

Submission of entries

Extended deadline until September 24

Jury meets to decide the winner

November 2021


Carles Guerra
Artist, art critic and independent curator

Thomas Weski
Curator at Michael Schmidt Archive

Sarah Meister
Executive Director at Aperture

Urs Stahel
Writer, independent curator and adviser

Carlos Gollonet
Chief Curator of Photography at Fundación MAPFRE

Announcement of award

November 2021

Winning project to be created

November 2021 to July 2022

Inauguration of the exhibition and publication of the catalogue

February 2023