MADRID – Writers and journalists from the Ibero-American world were declared winners of the King of Spain awards in journalism on Tuesday.
Among the winners were Spanish journalist and writer Arturo Perez-Reverte, Uruguayan-Spanish writer Carmen Posadas, a team from Spanish newspaper El Pais, as well as journalists from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico.
The 34th edition of the awards, convened annually by Spain’s news agency Agencia EFE and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, saw Perez-Reverte being named for the Don Quixote Prize for Journalism for an article about the impact of the mass arrival of migrants and refugees to Europe, published in the Spanish magazine “XL Semanal” on Sept. 13, 2015.
The jury awarded the Ibero-American Prize for Journalism to Carmen Posadas for “Soñar en español” (“Dream in Spanish”), in which she defends the Spanish language at a time when the number of Spanish speakers in the world is increasing, in an article published Aug. 8, 2016.
The award in Digital Journalism went to a team at Spanish newspaper El Pais, represented by Gregorio Rodriguez Ramos, for their work entitled “40 años del 20 N: La transformacion de un pais” (“40 years from 20-N: The transformation of a country”), published by the online version of the paper in November 2015.
The 20-N symbolic abbreviation marks the deaths of Spain’s nationalist party “Falange Española” founder, Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, and dictator Francisco Franco.
The Environmental Journalism award went to Colombian Patricia Gomez and her team for their piece “Plomo: veneno invisible” (“Lead: invisible poison”), broadcast by RCN Television on Aug. 15, 2016.
Brazilian Vinicius Jorge Carneiro Sassine claimed the Press Prize for his work “Recusas da FAB impedem transplantes de 153 orgãos” (“FAB refusals prevent transplants of 153 organs”) published in the O Globo newspaper on June 5, 2016.
The Photography prize went to Cuban Yander Zamora for his shot “Llegada del Air Force One” (“Arrival of Air Force One”), published in various international papers in March 2016.
The Television award went to Mexican Carlos Loret de Mola for the 50-minute program “Exodo” (“Exodus”), shown on Televisa on Aug. 25, 2016.
Jordi Baste took the Radio prize for a show in Catalan for “Atentados en Paris” (“Attacks in Paris”), broadcast by RAC1 on Nov. 13, 2016.
All of the prizewinners were given 6,000 euros ($6,448) and a bronze sculpture by Spanish artist Joaquin Vaquero Turcios.
The King of Spain International Journalism Awards aim to recognize the work of professional journalists working in the Spanish and Portuguese languages in the countries that form the Ibero-American community and nations with which Spain has close links.
The awards are to be presented in spring during a ceremony with King Felipe VI.