Refugees’ plight focus of Valencia’s PhotOn festival

PhotOn Festival 2016 in Valencia focuses on plight of refugees from war-torn countries. Photo: EFE via ABC
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• Sixth PhotOn Festival includes exhibitions, films, conferences, guided tours
• Refugees from Syria and Iraq the focus of 2016 annual photojournalism event

As delays plague Spain’s pledge to provide shelter for thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East and North Africa, the sixth annual PhotoOn Festival of photojournalism kicked off in Valencia on May 3rd, offering the public a series of photo exhibitions, guided tours, conferences and film screenings focused on the plight of refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Launched Tuesday to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, the PhotOn Festival’s main venue is the city’s Centre Cultural La Nau and will include special events throughout this week and exhibitions through the summer months at additional venues, including the Valencian Museum of Ethnology, the Palacio de Cerveró and the Colegio Mayor Rector Peset. More information is available online in English about the festival venues and schedules, here.

The work of ten finalist photographers chosen from among hundreds of international photojournalists who submitted work for the annual PhotOn Festival Award competition will be presented and the 2016 winner of the annual award announced at a special ceremony on Friday, May 6th at 10:30 pm. More information about the PhotOn Festival Award 2016 finalist photographers is online in English, here.

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