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El México de los Mexicanos photography contest

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

Mexicans and foreigners are invited to participate in a photography contest that reflects the daily life of the inhabitants of the country in their social and cultural environment.

On January 23, as part of the activities to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the National Bank of Mexico, Fomento Cultural Banamex published a call for the second edition of the photography contest “The Mexico of the Mexicans.” With this contest the bank is seeking to bear witness to and reflect the diversity, complexity and vitality of the vibrant Mexican society. Professional and amateur photographers are invited to participate.

The photographs, either in color or black and white—five maximum—must have been taken between 2008 and this year, must not have digital signatures or watermarks and cannot have been entered in other contests. The prizes in the different categories will total US$130,000.

The pictures must be submitted online at On the website contestants will find a form to fill out with personal information as well as general details about their pictures. The images must be in JPG format, be larger than 3 megabytes and have a minimum resolution of 72 dpi. Contestants are allowed to use digital programs to enhance the images.

One hundred thirty images will be selected to be published in a special book and reproduced and exhibited in national and international cultural forums.

The submission period ends Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 11pm. In the first edition of the contest, the Fomento Cultural Banamex received more than 60,000 images from more than 28,000 contestants from 60 countries.

Some of the categories

Mexican family; first prize for the best image of a Mexican family is US$6,000

Social commitment; this prize will be awarded for the best image of an activity performed on behalf of a community

Judge’s prize; for this special category, with a prize of US$20,000, contestants must send in 20 pictures representative of Mexican culture.


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