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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Editorial / Photo Essay

Benidorm Postcards: Summer of 2020

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Editorial / Photo Essay
  • Photographer
    Alfons Cabrera

With more than 16 million overnight stays a year, Benidorm is the third city in Spain to receive the most visitors, only behind Barcelona and Madrid. It is a world famous tourist destination, a city conceived as a resort and devoted to tourism: almost everyone makes a living from it, so that the drop in visitors due to the new coronavirus is a nuisance for the local economy. The pandemic has battered Benidorm especially hard, and it has turned its traditionally packed beaches and streets into a landscape of closed hotels, parceled up beaches (to maintain social distance), masks and emptiness.

Born and raised in Catalonia, after graduating in Medicine, I got my life straightened out: I studied Photography, and Communication of Armed Conflicts. Since 2015, I have worked in Catalonia, Kosovo, N Ireland, Morocco and France. I have published in La República, L'Unilateral and Hemisfèria (Catalonia), Brecha (Uruguay) News Letter (UK), Tempi (France) and Columbra (Colombia), and I have shown my work in Razzmatazz Club flyers, in a solo exhibition at OnLand Barcelona, and in several collective exhibitions in Barcelona, Athens, Crete, Budapest, Berlin and Trieste.