David Beriain, Ortega y Gasset award for professional career

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The Navarrese journalist David Beriain, murdered in Burkina Faso on April 26, 2021, and his partner Roberto Fraile have been awarded the Ortega y Gasset prize for professional career.

The jury for the 39th edition of these awards met yesterday to recognize the best journalistic works in Spanish published throughout 2021 in the categories of Best Story or Journalistic Investigation, Best Multimedia Coverage, Best Photography and Best Professional Career.

The jury underlined the commitment of both with the profession exercising a type of journalism that moves away from the obvious: that of the coverage of forgotten conflicts. In addition, he framed this award (the first Ortega y Gasset to be given posthumously) as a tribute to all journalists who die exercising their profession.

The Mexican journalist from the Agencia Efe Sashenka Gutiérrez was awarded the Ortega y Gasset prize for the best photograph for an image taken of Sandra Monroy, a cancer patient who underwent a bilateral mastectomy that saved her life.

The jury highlighted the image taken by Gutiérrez and published in various media because “it captures a moment of maximum pain, in which the wound is still recent and that still manages to convey hope.”
For the jury, the value of this photograph lies “in the unusual portrait of raw intimacy, which affects many women around the world.”

This is the second consecutive year that an Efe professional has received an award in this section. Another photographer from the agency, Brais Lorenzo, was awarded for an image that shows a nonagenarian woman, Elena Pérez, celebrating her 98th birthday inside a nursing home in Orense (northwest Spain). The center had been the first focus of coronavirus in the Galicia region, but it was already free of patients at that time.

Other Ortega y Gasset awards in 2022, such as the Best Story award, were for the investigation into pederasty within the Spanish Church, published by El País. In this category, the jury decided to give a special mention to the work New York is a little house with migrants’ ashes, published by Óscar Martínez in El Faro de El Salvador.

In the category of Best Multimedia Coverage, the special The challenge after the massacre: memory, truth, justice and non-repetition, published by the Nicaraguan media outlet Divergente, which analyzes the situation of repression in Nicaragua under the regime of Daniel Ortega, was recognized. .

In this category, the jury decided to give a special mention to the work Spain intensive: this is how the field has changed by force of PAC and market, published simultaneously in Datadista and Eldiario.es.


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