In current times of fast change and crisis –economic, political and of universal values in general-, of lies and deep individualism, we can still find some individual or group initiatives thinking of humanity, those who are more vulnerable, our battered world and of the future that we are all interested in. Hundreds of thousands of people have protested in the last few months, they wanted to raise their voice and be heard and they were successful.
The press, journalists and independent photographers fight next to this part of the population that yearn for peace and justice. This is why this competition was created, directed to photographers disinterested in conventional competition. Competitions that help them with their research, but do not help to change the situation of thousands of people photographed with their cameras.
We do not want photographers similar to politicians, that talk about society´s problems in their speech but only try to solve their own problems. We do not want photographers that talk about empathy, but most of the time look for emotions, like nocturnal butterflies looking for light. We do not want photographers that take photos of others’ distress and yearn for a glorious death and eternal remembrance while no one remembers the name of their own victims, immortalized in a rectangle of paper with a too aesthetic aura. We do not want paternalistic photographers that take photos of a sad world that makes us guilty for few seconds and we immediately forget about.
This time, we want to give a prize to all those people that have the courage to stand up in front of the camera, without fear and without censure; to all those people that agreed to show their faces so the rest of the world could know about their pain, their sorrow, sometimes their embarrassment, but especially their wish to fight to get a better world, for themselves and future generations.
This is why Revela, International Photography Award for the Social Rights Holders, was created. It was created so those voices that shout quietly can be properly heard and some justice is served.
Unfortunately, nowadays, one photo can´t save the world. But maybe photography can still save someone.