MADRID – Reporters from across the Ibero-American world who are due to receive King of Spain International Journalism Awards, have highlighted the role of journalism as key vehicle for human interest reporting.
The prizes, which are scheduled to be awarded by King Felipe VI on Wednesday’s 33rd edition of the event, acknowledge the work of professionals from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Portugal and Uruguay in the categories of Written Press, Radio, Television, Photography, Digital Journalism and Environmental Journalism.
The Ibero-American Prize for Journalism and the 12th Don Quixote Prize for Journalism are due to be awarded to Spanish journalist, Carlos Herrera, and Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, respectively.
Portuguese journalist, Catarina Gomes, who writes for the Portuguese newspaper “Publico,” won the Written Press award for her article “Who is the son that Antonio left behind in the war?” which tells of a former soldier, Antonio Bento, searching for a child he had with a Congolese woman during Portugal’s Colonial Wars.
“Written press can be saved with text of human interest that delves beyond the news to give stories a human element,” she told Efe.
Bolivians Abdel Padilla and Jose Luis Mendoza, who won the Radio award for their work “Femicide and violence against women in Bolivia,” said they wanted their work to show “the other face” of gender violence.
Brazilian Marcelo Magahes, winner in the Television category for the report “Kalungas, eternal slaves,” about the sexual exploitation of women, said his team wanted to show the reality of a poor part of Brazil that the rest of the country didn’t know about.
Fellow Brazilian Marcia Foletto, recognized in the Photography category for a series of images about poverty in Rio de Janeiro, said she wanted to report with dignity about issues that make people uncomfortable.
Uruguayan, Jeronimo Giorgi and Italian, Angelo Attanasio, took the Digital Journalism prize for their work “Connecting Africa,” which shows how new technologies are changing the economic landscape.
Santiago Cardenas and Manuel Saldarriaga, both from Colombia, took the Environmental journalism prize for the report “Mercury, the sleeping monster of Antioquia,” said this type of award has an impact on the society where one lives.
The King of Spain Awards are held annually by Agencia EFE and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It recognizes the efforts of journalists in the Ibero-American community and in countries with historic links to Spain.
Each winner is due to receive 6,000 euros, sponsored by the international concessions and construction group OHL.
They are also due to receive a bronze sculpture by the artist Joaquin Vaquero Turcios.
The Environmental Journalism award is sponsored by the Aquae Foundation.
The Don Quixote Prize winner, sponsored by Tragsa, is due to receive 9,000 euros and a commemorative sculpture.