German Peace Prize for Photography | Nominee

Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Santander / ES

I Wanna Be Messi


Football is not a privilege, it´s a right. According to the Convention on the Rights-of-the-Child, it is a universal language for millions of people around the world regardless of their nationality, language, or religion.

In Togo there´s a center for children with disabilities that provides specialized attention to improve their quality life. In Africa, children with disabilities have high risk of abuse and neglect. People believe that disabilities are due to a divine punishment. Theses minors (known as “snakes” as they lie on the ground) are considered demons and are drowned into the river in rituals for the serpent to leave.

Meanwhile, for these children at Don Orione Center everything it's all about football. They all are Messi. Football brings peace for their souls and freedom for their minds… It´s more than a game. Every kid is dreaming of becoming the new star of the 'beautiful game' in search of their next goal…


“I´ve always loved photography… and tell stories”

Antonio Aragón Renuncio is a Spanish documentary photographer.
Since the mid-1990s, he’s been working full-time with photography. He founded and chairs the Nostromo Photographers Association in Spain, has been a Professor of Photography (+17 years) in several universities, is the publisher of the Xplorer Magazine in Nicaragua and the General Manager at Xtreme PhotoWS in Burkina Faso. A freelance photographer for several international news agencies, he also organises and directs the Solidarity Photography Days in Spain, writes about photography and publishes reportage in a wide range of international digital and print media.

The founder of the NGO, OASIS, Antonio has participated in over 250 print exhibitions around the world and has won over 200 international awards, including UNICEF, HIPA, Allard Prize, LBS, Xposure, 35Awards, New York Photo Fair, VOHH Documentary Photographer of the Year, ViewSonic Colorpro, IONNYK, Umbra, POYLatam, LatinIPA, UNESCO, Zoom Photo Festival, EPOTY, ASISA, PX3, La Grande Photo, IPOTY, Direct Look, SIPA, International Digital Biennial Photojournalism, PhotoVisa, LifePressPhoto, IPF, Latin American Documentary Photo Award, REVELA and GEA Photowords…

He currently spends his time working on long-term projects, mainly in Africa and Central America. He remains committed to issues relating to conservation, global health, poverty, diminishing cultures, discrimination, sustainability and the environment.