Entry Title: "In the Name of Love"
Name: Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo , Spain
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: The love and understanding of children can play an essential role into making severely traumatized acid survivors believe and reintegrate into life again. Prematurely, they will gain insight into the world they live in, and will become protective of their beloved. If blinded, they will become their eyes, if afraid they will reassure them, if sad they will give them love and understanding. On a modern society in which physical beauty plays such an essential role discriminates or stigmatizes acid victims because of the way they look like, their children will learn to give them love for who they are.

Story: Love is perhaps the only and most beautiful emotion present in the human beings which has the power to counteract and heal the consequences of hate and specially when an acid attack is a consequence of it. The following image series intends to depict how the love and understanding of some children can play an essential role into making severely traumatized acid survivors believe and reintegrate into life again. Prematurely, the children of acid victims will gain some fast insight into the world they live in, and will become extremely protective of their beloved. If blinded, they will become their eyes, if afraid they will give them reassurance, if sad or depressed they will give them love and understanding. As well, when a modern society in which physical beauty plays such an essential role discriminates or stigmatizes acid victims because of the way they look like, their children will learn to give them love for who they are. Very often, the children of acid survivors represent some of the social values which will be lost as soon as they grow up into a modern society were the established social values will greatly differ from theirs. Acid attacks remain one of the cruelest assaults a human being can inflict upon another and are aimed to disfigure, maim, torture or kill the victims. The consequences can range from a permanent physical and psychological damage to a social stigmatization and discrimination of the victim as a result of a severe body disfigurement.

About the Artist:

My name is Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo .I was born in Madrid in 1965.Education: Degree in International business management at the Schiller International University Germany (Heidleberg), 3 years of Biology studies at the University of Alcala de Henares and a degree in Philosophy, followed by a PHD still to be finished. Several advanced photography courses, video and editing. Can speak and write in different languages. Constantly I have been travelling around the world, photographing and living in foreign cultures. AWARDS 2014 FIRST PLACE (GOLD) People’s Choice Awards 2014, Press Feature Story at the Prix de Paris Awards (PX3 2014) FIRST PLACE (GOLD)) /General News at the Prix de Paris Awards (PX32014) FIRST PLACE (GOLD) People’s Choice Awards 2014 /Nature Environmental at the THIRD PLACE (BRONZE) Press Feature Story at the Prix de Paris Awards 2014 THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS Prix de Paris Awards (PX3 2014) 4 HONORABLE MENTIONS at the ND Awards (2014).THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS at the International Photography Awards (IPA 2014). 2015 THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS MONOCHROME AWARDS 2014, TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS IPA one shot awards 2015 Works exhibited during the Month of Photography, Los Angeles by the LUCIE FOUNDATION. SEVEN HONORABLE MENTIONS IPA 2015, FOUR HONORABLE MENTIONS Prix de Paris White Awards 2015.SIX HONORABLE MENTIONS Prix de Paris Awards annual competition 2015 TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS ND AWARDS 2015 IPA 2015 SECOND PLACE Award Category Event Culture and traditions. IPA THIRD PLACE AWARD Awards Category Portraiture, Children. PRIX DE PARIS 2015 SILVER MEDAL Environmental Press category. PRIX DE PARIS 2015 BRONZE MEDAL Portraits category. FIRST PLACE ND AWARDS 2015 (GOLDEN STAR AWARD) People. FIRST PLACE ND AWARDS 2015 (GOLDEN STAR AWARD) Editorial, Environmental. FINALIST WITH HONORABLE MENTION at the SIENA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS storyboard category, FINALIST NOMINEE at the FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (FAPA 2015) portraits category, FINALIST NOMINEE at the FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (FAPA 2015) Photojournalism category. THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS MONOCHROME AWARDS 2015 IPA WINNER 2016 SECOND PLACE DEEPER PERSPECTIVE IPA WINNER 2016 SECOND PLACE EDITORIAL OTHER . IPA WINNER THIRD PLACE DEEPER PERSPECTIVE. IPA PHILIPPINES 2016 GOLD MEDAL, SILVER MEDAL, TWO BRONZE MEDALS. 2016 TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (TIFA) 1 GOLD MEDAL, 2 BRONCE MEDALS AND 3 HONORABLE MENTIONS. 2017 IPA CLIMATE CHANGE BRONZE MEDAL. IPOTY AWARDS 3 HONORABLE MENTIONS. MONOCHROME AWARDS 5 HONORABLE MENTIONS.