Making Dreams Come Alive

Image © Guillermo Alfonso Castellanos Castro
Image © Guillermo Alfonso Castellanos Castro. Kike Calvo Photo Contest. First prize.

Guillermo Alfonso Castellanos Castro, a 24 year-old journalism student from Colombia, captured this photograph in Chaguani, a small village in Cundinamarca. It portrays a street teather company called ¨Nemcatacoa Teatro.¨

This photograph has been awarded the First Prize in Kike Calvo Photo Contest: Sandisk Latin American Edition. The photograph was selected from thousands of photo submissions from around the world.

The jury was formed by National Geographic editor Elizabeth Krist; Katrin Eismann, photographer, author and chair of the MPS in Digital Photography Department at School of Visual Arts in New York; and myself. 

For those of you who love photography and are living in Latin America, The Caribbean or Spain, you can still enter Kike Calvo Mentor Awards  until April 30th, 2013.  This contest is about dreaming, is about giving many in Latin America, Spain or the Caribbean an opportunity to dream as I did; to thank the region for all their sincere support and love during all these years; and to grant two people, an amazing set of prizes, including the ¨Enrique Calvo In Memoriam Award¨, which will allow someone to travel to New York ( thanks to the support of Fotógrafos al Mundo and Escuela para Aprender a Vivir ) and learn photography with me for a few days, and receive thousands of dollars in photographic prizes. As I always say, Never Stop Dreaming!!!







Meet the Author
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: