Last Friday, the gala of the 38th edition of the Cirilo Rodríguez Awards 2023 for foreign correspondents or special envoys, organised by the Journalists' Association of Segovia in memory of the late Segovian journalist Cirilo Rodríguez, correspondent of Radio Nacional de España in New York, was held in Segovia. The graphic journalist of Televisión Española, Miguel Ángel de la Fuente, was the afternoon's award winner for his coverage of the war in Ukraine and his 30 years of experience covering conflicts in Syria, Benin and Gaza; wars such as Afghanistan in 2001 and Bosnia in 1992; natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua in 1998; and important events such as the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, the Mediterranean Games in 2002 and the Tour de France.
De la Fuente thanked some of his colleagues with whom he had worked and who had already received awards in previous editions, such as Fran Sevilla, Gervasio Sánchez and Manu Leguineche, among others. The cameraman received a prize of 8,000 euros and an award made by the Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja, while the finalists, reporter Óscar Mijallo and freelance journalist and photographer María Senovilla, received a prize of 2,000 euros and a smaller sculpture.
The finalist, María Senovila, thanked Javier Fernández Arribas, director of the magazine Atalayar, for proposing her for the prize and for having trusted her to narrate the war in Ukraine in his magazine. The journalist is also known for her photographs published in international media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. She has also covered wars such as the one in Afghanistan and different crises in Africa. For his part, RTVE journalist Óscar Mijallo, a specialist in international news with experience in numerous conflicts and wars, such as the one in Ukraine, where he has shared coverage with de la Fuente, was the other finalist for the award.
Likewise, the 'Cirilo Rodríguez Award of Honour 2023' was presented to the journalist and vice-president of the Federation of Spanish Journalists' Associations, Aurelio Martín, known for his long career in different media such as El País, the Promecal communication group and the EFE Agency.