Spanish photographer David Oliete has recently won the 3rd place-award in the One Shot category of the IPA Awards with his personal “point of view” of the 2012 Human Tower Competition in Tarragona Spain.
With stunning aerial shoot Oliete has caught the “Concurs de Castells”, the most important Human Tower Competition that takes place in the city of Tarragona once every two years. Its XXIV edition took place during the 6th and 7th October 2012 with the participation of 32 teams from all around Catalonia and a live audience of more than 20,000 people.
During the competition, the higher and difficult to build a tower is, the more points a team gets. Every human tower is usually between six and ten levels high. Teams are made of between 100 to 500 women and men. Young and light members form the top of the tower while heavier members form the base.
The “castells” have also been one of the most important cultural traditions in Catalonia for more than 200 years. “Strength, balance, courage and common sense” is their motto. In 2010, the castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. + shots
all images © David Oliete