BARCELONA, Spain, November 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The President of the Club, Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Vice President, Carles Vilarrubíreaffirm the cultural ambition of the club, beyond sports. The FCBARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS took place yesterday in Barcelona, in a ceremony in which culture and sport emerged as the real winners. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161109/437418 ) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161103/435775LOGO ) http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/7972151-barca-fc-barcelona-photo-awards/ The journalist and writer Rafael Nadal led the event, in which the President of the Club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the Vice President, Carles Vilarrubí and the Culture Minister of the Government of Catalonia, Santi Vila, participated. A surprising artistic spectacle which combined opera, music and live painting, completed the evening. The FCBARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS are sports-themed awards, aimed at top-class artists that use photography as a creative vehicle, as well as professional photographers and photojournalists that see sports as a way of artistic expression. The goal is to identify photographic work that consciously reflects the positive values intrinsic to sport and have been created in order to give recognition to those values seen through the lens of the best contemporary photographers. The awards have two components: the Photo Award, for a single photograph and the Project Award, for the idea of a photographic project to be realized. Both categories are endowed with a prize of €40,000 for the winners. The awards have a jury of great international prestige: Photo Award: Vicente Todolí, Azu Nwagbogu and Sandra S. PhillipsProject Award: Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Alex Webb and Stephen MayesStatements by Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of the FC Barcelona "Barça has a enormous ambition in the cultural world. It has collaborated in theatre, cinema and now photography projects, because we are looking to consolidate this work. Hopefully in a few years this award will be a benchmark within the world of sports photography."