Pacayita. Punches to Survive

Shortlist 2017

Antonio Aragon Renuncio

"I have always loved photography and stories." 

Antonio Aragon Renuncio has been teaching photography for over 17 years in several universities. Antonio writes about photography. His work has been published across digital and print media internationally. Founder/director of Nostromo Photographers Association (Spain), editor in Xplorer Magazine (Nicaragua), CEO of Xtreme PhotoWS (Burkina Faso), founder, leads the NGO OASIS.

Antonio has participated in more than 250 exhibitions worldwide and won more than 200 prizes: UNICEF, LBS, HIPA, Xposure, Direct Look, POYLatam, UNESCO, EPOTY, LifePressPhoto, PhotoVisa, SIPA, PX3 and others.

The Conflict

Pacayita. Punches to Survive

In the indigenous community of Pacayita (Masaya, Nicaragua) there is a boxing school for young people created by the national amateur boxing champion Marco Cano and his father Jos on their modest dusty floor house. A very humble school limited on infrastructure terms but built with a great deal of passion, hard work and love for the sport that claims to be a real alternative for young people from the area to drugs and gangs problems, so common in the convulsive Central America. Punches to escape poverty. Punches to fight against hunger. Punches to educate the soul. Punches against conflicts. Punches to escape from drugs, gangs, conflicts and despair. Punches to try to live in peace. Punches and more punches. Training and more training. Sweat and more sweat. Heat. Tears. Courage in the form of jabs and uppercuts. Dodging pain, sweating hunger, avoiding poverty... When the blows of the soul hurt more than wounds on the body only there, on a hidden side of the heart we discover that where evil grows, is also the same place where that which saves us blooms.