Work by Argentinian journalists wins three of five Gabo awards

Cloister of Mercy, University of Cartagena, Colombia.


This was announced by the organizers on Tuesday, who also announced that the Guatemalan agency Ocote won the award in the Cover category and that a team of journalists and designers from the Portuguese newspaper Observador won the Image award.

Winners were chosen from 1,980 submitted works that were published between July 1, 2021 and June 7, 2022 by media outlets with audiences in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Unlike previous years when the winners were announced at the Gabo Festival gala, this time there was no list of finalists but instead of the 50 nominees, 10 for each category, it went straight to the five winners announced today.

text migration

In the text category, the winning work is “El stowaway and the captain”, written by Argentinian Ricardo Robins and published in Rosario3.

It is a story in which the journalist tells two parallel stories, that of an illegal immigrant who leaves Tanzania and after a hard journey finds himself in the Argentinian city of Rosario, and that of a Congolese ship captain who, after leaving his country, he finds stowaways on his boat.

In its report, the jury underlined that “the two stories, separated by a few years in time, have in common to highlight the contemporary drama of illegal immigration, the often invisible victims caused by this form of maritime exodus, as well as the legal vacuum (adjacent to impunity) in which those who have had to practice them find themselves.

Coverage Award for a Tragedy

The work “It was not the fire”, by the Guatemalan agency Ocote, won the prize for coverage because, according to the jury, “thanks to extraordinary reporting and journalistic concentration, the winning team succeeded in revitalizing a subject already covered before by the media”, namely the fire of the Hogar Seguro which claimed the lives of 41 girls and teenagers in 2017.

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“They succeeded in presenting the reader with the definitive story of this case. The journalistic team used each format with freshness, immediacy and to its full potential. Its visual impact is remarkable. It is clear for those who read it and the ‘observe, while being attractive and moving,’ added the jury.

Journalists Alejandra Gutiérrez Valdizán, Carmen Quintela Babio, Daniela Rea, Melisa Rabanales, Jody García, Rosario Lucas, Verónica Orantes, Lucía Reinoso, Julio Serrano, María José Longo, Fernanda Gándara Marchant, Jimena Pons Ganddini, Victoria Bouloubasis and Monica Wise Robles.

The war in Ukraine in pictures

The “Multimedia report em Andriivka. X-ray of a village under Russian occupation for 30 days”, by the Observer of Portugal, will receive the Gabo Image Award for having reconstructed in a special multimedia what life is like in Andréevka, a town 70 kilometers from the center of Kyiv .

To carry out this work – in which João Porfírio, Carlos Diogo Santos, Miguel Feraso Cabral, Catarina Santos and Ana Moreira took part – victims were interviewed, journalists entered occupied houses, photographed graves prepared to receive corpses and filmed the school which served as the headquarters of the Russian forces.

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“This work is the intimate and complex testimony of a distant war in space, but near in its consequences. Journalists manage to portray the human and structural destruction that a forced occupation leaves in its wake, without showing the crudeness of a bleeding body, empathizing through the use of testimony from the citizens of a village” , pointed out the jury.

The pain of war in photography

The first winner in the photography category was the Argentinian Rodrigo Abd, who published the photo report “The Silent Pain of Ukraine” for the Associated Press.

It is a graphic account of the first weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and, the jury pointed out, is “an impeccable synthesis of the most important event of that time”. .

“An exceptional work on a journalistic and aesthetic level: it tells in depth what it must tell while composing impeccable images, charged with a very brutal lyricism or an almost lyrical brutality”, added the jury.

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The work “The second death of the punk god”, published by Erre Podcast of Radio Universidad de Rosario, won the audio category with this podcast about the death of a young street musician who was “cancelled” on social networks due to an accusation of who was innocent, then committed suicide due to the physical and symbolic violence she suffered.

The jury appreciated that the work of Nicolás Maggi, Martín Parodi, Juan Ignacio Isern, Santiago Sietecase and Yemina Paz Menis describes “the role of networks and the escape mechanism”.

“Justifies a well-deserved prize for an author who, as they say in journalism and not always does, walked down the street,” said the jury.


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