Human Tower Competition 2014

Over 6000 spectators gathered to watch the Tarragona human tower competition

Over 6000 spectators gathered to watch the Tarragona human tower competition

The biannual event is an opportunity for teams to try out their most creative constructions as, unique to this particular competition, the country’s leading teams are scored on difficulty.

The biannual event is an opportunity for teams to try out their most creative constructions as, unique to this particular competition, the country's leading teams are scored on difficulty.

This year over 40 teams took part in the competition and the top prize went for Castellers de Vilafranca, above

This year over 40 teams took part in the competition and the top prize went for Castellers de Vilafranca, above

The structure of the ‘castells’ (towers) varies depending on their complexity and it is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart

The structure of the 'castells' (towers) varies depending on their complexity and it is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart

The Tarragona human tower competition was stablished over 80 years ago, but the Catalan tradition dates back to the 18th century

The Tarragona human tower competition was stablished over 80 years ago, but the Catalan tradition dates back to the 18th century

In 2010 Unesco declared the Catalan tradition of human tower building as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

In 2010 Unesco declared the Catalan tradition of human tower building as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Members of the Castellers de Terrasa watch as others castellers complete

Members of the Castellers de Terrasa watch as others castellers complete

Once a tower is completed, it must be disassembled, this is usually the most challenging aspect of the process

Once a tower is completed, it must be disassembled, this is usually the most challenging aspect of the process

Injured members of Castellers Xiquets de Tarragona are attended by medical personnel after they fell

Injured members of Castellers Xiquets de Tarragona are attended by medical personnel after they fell

A member of the Castellers de Villafranca wears a helmet with the team’s logo

A member of the Castellers de Villafranca wears a helmet with the team's logo

At first, a base is formed with stocky castellers

At first, a base is formed with stocky castellers

then the upper layers of the tower assemble as quickly as possible to avoid straining the castellers at the bottom

then the upper layers of the tower assemble as quickly as possible to avoid straining the castellers at the bottom

Castellers Colla Vella Xiquets de Valls fall after forming a human tower

Castellers Colla Vella Xiquets de Valls fall after forming a human tower

A member of Castellers de Villafranca jumps into the arms of another team member

A member of Castellers de Villafranca jumps into the arms of another team member

Castellers de Osona team

Castellers de Osona team

Often small children will be the last castellers to ascend the tower, or castell

Often small children will be the last castellers to ascend the tower, or castell

A members of the Nens del Vendrell team jumps into the arms of another team member

A members of the Nens del Vendrell team jumps into the arms of another team member

Members of the ‘colla’ Capgrossos de Mataro during the construction of a human tower

Members of the 'colla' Capgrossos de Mataro during the construction of a human tower

Castellers de Vilafranca forming a human tower and falling down during the biannual competition

Castellers de Vilafranca forming a human tower and falling down during the biannual competition

Members of the Castellers de Villafranca react as they watch their teammates forming a human tower

Members of the Castellers de Villafranca react as they watch their teammates forming a human tower

Members of the Castellers

Members of the Castellers

Castellers de Barcelona team start the construction of a human tower

Castellers de Barcelona team start the construction of a human tower

Castellers Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls, the runner-up team, form a human tower

Castellers Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls, the runner-up team, form a human tower

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