Iberian Award Ceremony 2018

Award ceremony in the library of the Real Maestranza de la Caballeria de Ronda | Photo: Centro Imagen
Award ceremony in the library of the Real Maestranza de la Caballeria de Ronda | Photo: Centro Imagen

On 26 October 2018, the prizewinners of the 11th Iberian History Competition received their awards at the emblematic library of the Real Maestranza de la Caballeria de Ronda. About 200 young people participated in this year’s competition and set out to do research on the topic of «Historic Heritage».

The ceremony was opened by Rafeal Atienza, Lieutenant of the Grand Brother, who highlighted the excellence and efforts demonstrated by the awarded winners, as well as the role played by their teachers and parents in their success.

The EUSTORY Executive Committee stressed the high quality of the XI edition’s reports and consolidation of the participation, with 95 research projects having been submitted. Contributions came from almost every region of Spain, as well as from Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Most of the winning pieces had the support of one or two tutors and pupils reinforced their research results by using creative formats such as videos, audios, historical novel, comic, websites, and interactive presentations.

Award winners and committee of the 11th Iberian History competition | Photo: Centro Imagen
Award winners and committee of the 11th Iberian History competition | Photo: Centro Imagen

The winning contribution was «Arte, Nobleza y Humanismo. La Arquitectura y la Intelectualidad cultural del primer Renacimiento en Jerez de la Frontera» (Art, Nobility and Humanism: Architecture and cultural Inteltuality of the Early Renaissance in Jerez de la Frontera), by Bruno Escobar Fernández, a student from Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), and his tutor Carmen Sonia González Morón. The student analysed the presence of an important humanist intellectual trend in a historical period that was not documented.

Second place prizes went to students from Zaragoza, Madrid, Yecla and El Astillero in Spain, Beria Litoral in Portugal, and Santiago in Chile. Carlos Suárez was recognised for an outstanding contribution about political interests existing behind the demolition of the Tower of Zaragoza. Three students from Madrid were awarded for a work on all the towns that were submerged due to the construction of dams during Franco’s dictatorship.  Chilean students were present at the ceremony, receiving their award for a video that took viewers on a journey through the life of Violeta Parra, a Chilean singer-songwriter. Representing Portugal, Cláudia Daniela Andrade received her award for a contribution on the veneration of an image of the Virgin Mary, proving relations between France, Spain and her hometown. A group of 11 students from Murcia developed a historical novel based on the disappeared local railroad and 10 students from Cantabria, a video on the ruins and neglecting of a medieval bridge that is located very close to where they live.

Eight third place prizes were given to students from Sevilla, Huelva, Galicia, Alicante, Castellón, Madrid, Valladolid and Cantabria in Spain. Francisco Javier Sarabia García researched his city’s urban development by comparing old photographs with current images of Écija. María Luisa de Paz Vélez from Aljaraque collected the prize for a video about British influence after their arrival Huelva to exploit the mines. And both Maite Mira, from Castalla, and Aarón Queralt y Nicolás, from Vinaròs, submitted videos which stressed the importance of cultural management to the proper preservation of heritage.

Finally, ten contributions of students from Spain and Peru received special mention. The works were outstanding in academic and creative terms, most of them retelling the history of local heritage and proposing innovative measures to improve its preservation and contribution to hometown development.

Gabriele Woidelko from the Koerber Foundation was special guest at the award ceremony. In her well received speech she emphasised the importance of history and educating young people in values for shaping our common future, as well as for giving a response to some of Europe’s main challenges, such as populism, xenophobia, gender discrimination or social injustice.

Prior to the event, EUSTORY organisers personally congratulated the prizewinners and gave them a warm welcome to the EUSTORY alumni network, encouraging them to take part in the campus and future activities. After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception in the riding school of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda, where they got to know each other and exchanged participation experiences.

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