Vivid Photos from Spain's 25th Colorful 'Human Tower' Competition

Vivid Photos from Spain's 25th Colorful 'Human Tower' Competition
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

The Tarragona Castells may be the most fascinating team sporting event in the world. 

The tradition of building human towers or "castells" in Spain dates back to the 18th century. According to the Associated Press, the tradition normally takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where colles, color-coded team with precise techniques compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. In 2010, castells were declared one of humanity's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

"The structure of the castells varies depending on their complexity," writes Associated Press photojournalist Emilio Morenatti, who traveled to the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain. "A castell is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart."

These fantastic photos, taken by Morenatti and Getty, capture the unique, colorful beauty that is one of Spain's oldest sporting traditions.

Members of the Castellers Collas Jove Xiquets de Tarragona fall as they tried to complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Members of the Castellers de Villafranca celebrate after finishing their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Members of the Castellers de la Vella celebrate after finishing their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 photo, members of the Castellers de Osona complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 photo, members of the Castellers de Terrasa watch as others castellers complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Members of the 'Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona' fall down during the construction of a human tower during the 25th Tarragona Castells Competition on October 5, 2014
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Members of the 'Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona' during the construction of a human tower during the 25th Tarragona Castells Competition on October 5, 2014 in Tarragona, Spain.
Source: Alex Caparros/Getty Images
Members of the Castellers de Villafranca react as they watch their teammates forming a human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
A member of the Colla 'Castellers de Sabadell' prepares before the 25th Tarragona Castells Competition on October 5, 2014 in Tarragona, Spain.
Source: Alex Caparros/Getty Images
In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 photo, a wounded woman of the Castellers de Osona is held by teammates after falling while forming their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Members of a Castellers push to make a human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Source: Emilio Morenatti/AP