March 6th: Charity Photographic Exhibition 2015
Focus On Women joined the celebration of Women’s Week of the present year celebrating the awards ceremony of the VI International Photography Contest Women with Focus and exhibiting the 10 finalist photographs with solidarity aims. The proposed topic for the contest of this year was ‘Traveling women’, an opportunity to photograph those women who travel to those places and people we discover through a camera when visiting a new country. 483 worldwide photographers told those stories in one image and participated in the contest. The jury formed by Agustín Pérez de Guzmán, Lola Escudero, Maria Primo, Beatriz Orduña, Martin Sampedro, Angela Martín-Retortillo, and sisters Ingrid and Lilo Aceval selected the finalists and winning photos of the contest.
- First award: Venus, by Paco Barreda
- Second award: Del mundo, en su mirada, by Clara Leal
- Third award: Destino La Habana, by Marta Areces
- Fourth award: Antelope Canyon, by Mario Pereda
Each photograph is available in a limited edition of 5 copies at a price of 50 Euros. The funds raised with the sale of the photographs are entirely allocated to social projects supported by Focus On Women. If you are interested in purchasing one of the finalist photographs please contact Focus On Women.
This year we have received a 70% of the photos from Spain, Mexico and Argentina, countries where Focus On Women is present. A 25% of the received photos were presented by men. In the next gallery you have the other 6 photos that were between the 10 winners and that were exhibited on March 6th in a very special event.
March 6th: Charity Auction of Artworks
To celebrate our fifth anniversary and the Codespa Award to the Supportive Company of 2014, which is been given to us this year, we wanted to make a very special event to support our social work. And nothing better than organizing a Charity Auction, led by charming and funny Pablo Melendo.
With an enjoyable atmosphere works by Antonio Muñoz, Carma Cásula, Corina Yllera, Elvira Ortega, Pilar Jiménez, María Primo, Chula, Bárbara Rueda, Raquel de Prada, De Gruyter and Castlebaby were auctioned. Generous donors who contributed with their work for a good cause.
All the raised funds, amounting to 2.300€, both from the sale of the finalists photographs as the auctioned artworks, will be used to raise funds for seven very special projects with whom FOW collaborates. The ceremony, presented by known and supportive Vanessa Monfort, was also attended by the ambassadors of the projects, who had the opportunity to explain their work: Tiguemine Argane, 100% Moms (Morocco), Mantay (Peru) Zafiros School Bel Avenir (Madagascar), Trampled Rose (Ethiopia), CEF (Vietnam) and Vicente Ferrer Foundation (India) who came as a guest project.
The gala was held at the Fernando de Castro Foundation that every year generously welcomes us for our solidarity events, a magical place with a philosophy very close to Focus on Women. In this place we could enjoy a wonderful catering provided by Brabante Beers, the winery Castillo de Cuzcurrita and Uemura.
We want to thank all donors, sponsors and especially our wonderful team of volunteers who selflessly collaborate each year to support the empowerment of women with their time and affection.
The gala and auction closed with a widespread applause for all the women who haven’t had the luck to be born in a place that would allow them to have an education and a future, in honor of International Women’s Day.
In this video you will enjoy the pleasant auction that that took place in the Fernando de Castro AEM Foundation in a unique setting.