04/12/2014

“The eyes of the sultan” and “La mirada del Albayzín” winners of the “OPPOSING VIEWS” photography competition

The prizes were presented at the Casas de La Mimbre in the Alhambra, where visitors will soon be able to enjoy an exhibition of all the photos selected as finalists in this the 7th Edition of the competition.

Granada, 3 December 2014. In a ceremony held at the Casas de La Mimbre in the Alhambra complex, the Council of the Alhambra and the Lower Albayzín Residents Association awarded the prizes in this the 7th Edition of the photography competition Miradas cruzadas (Opposing views). The theme for this year was The Albayzín from the Alhambra and the Alhambra from the Albayzín. They also inaugurated an exhibition with 110 of the pictures that had been presented to the competition.
The Director of the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife, María del Mar Villafranca, presided over the award ceremony alongside Lola Boloix, the President of the Lower Albayzín Residents Association, and Vicente Aguilera, Deputy Mayor and delegate of the Department of Citizen Participation of Granada City Council, who emphasized the “high level” of those taking part.
The first prize in the category The Albayzín from the Alhambra was won by the photograph entitled Al-Ayn Dar Hassan (The eyes of the Sultan), by Antonio Maldonado García, and the second prize went to A window on the Albayzín, by Alicia Molina de la Fuente; while in the category the Alhambra from the Albayzín the winning photo was The look of the Albayzín, by Antonio Maldonado García, and the second prize went to the Alhambra from the Albayzín, by Roberto Calle. Six photographs received special mentions: Tanto Monta…02, by Juan Manuel Maroto; The haunted balcony, by Lola Díaz; I remember you, I dream of you, by María Dolores Rodríguez; The enchanted Alhambra, by Carmen Valero; 4 minutes of history, by Antonio Luis Martínez, and the Alhambra from the Albayzín, by Anna Sur.
In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the Alhambra and the Generalife as World Heritage sites and the 20th anniversary of the declaration of the Albayzín, the Alhambra Group of Monuments and the Lower Albayzín Residents Association decided to organize a photography competition entitled The Albayzín of Dreams. 
The objective of the competition was for the participants to try to capture with their lenses different perspectives of the relationship between the two hills: “An invitation to participants to take the best pictures of this emblematic district of Granada from the Alhambra and of the palace city from the Albayzín”. 
The competition was divided into two categories: The Albayzín from the Alhambra, in which participants were able to take photographs from the various open spaces that do not interfere with the main visit to the palaces, such as the Alcazaba, Plaza de los Aljibes, the Partal Gardens, the Towers Walk and the Walnut-Tree Walk; and The Alhambra from the Albayzín, with views of the Alhambra from the different corners, squares, streets, insides of buildings, gardens … in the Albayzín. Participants received a commemorative gift after registering for the competition and the judges awarded the following prizes: two prizes of 600€: one for the category The Alhambra from the Albayzín and the other for The Albayzín from the Alhambra; and two second prizes with merchandising gifts and products from the Alhambra Bookshop, valued at 100€.
The gallery with the photos from the competition can be downloaded:
http://www.albayzin.info 
The rules of the competition can also be consulted at: http://www.alhambra-patronato.es  http://www.albayzin.info 

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