These are the finalists of Premio Gabo 2019

These are the finalists of Premio Gabo 2019

The Fundación Gabo announces the 12 finalists of Premio Gabo in its four contest categories: Text, Image, Coverage, and Innovation. These stories were selected by 53 juries among the 1730 applications sent from all over Ibero-America.

The four winners are part of this selection and will be announced in the ceremony of Premio Gabo, to be held on Thursday October 3rd, at 8 p.m. In this event, which is going to be broadcasted live, will also be awarded the winners of Reconocimiento a la Excelencia, photojournalist Jesús Abad Colorado, and Reconocimiento Clemente Manuel Zabala a un editor ejemplar, radio editor Luis Enrique Rodríguez.

The authors of the 12 stories will be also in the talk Maratón de las mejores historias de Iberoamérica, to be held on Wednesday October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There, they will share the anecdotes behind the creation of the finalist projects with a jury of each category and the assistants.

Each finalist will receive 6 million Colombian pesos and a diploma for their outstanding participation. As for the winners, they will receive 33 million Colombian pesos, an awardee diploma, and a copy of the sculpture “Gabriel”, by Colombian artist Antonio Caro. These are the finalists:


Volver para incendiar a Colombia

Author: Daniel Rivera Marín (Colombia).
Media: Gatopardo (Mexico).

This is an in-depth profile of Fernando Vallejo, a Colombian writer that characterizes for not being a lover of half-measures, always a candidate for the Nobel Prize, ceaselessly controversial, dog lover, and phobic to religion, politics, the notions of homeland, and the third voice narrator. Here the author shows the daily life of a man known by its character, which has his same name.

La sangre nunca fue amarilla

Author: Mónica Baró Sánchez (Cuba)
Media: Periodismo de Barrio (Cuba)

A journalistic reporting that reconstructs a case of lead poisoning in a neighborhood of La Habana, Cuba, through an exploration to the memories and fears of the protagonists. The poisoning started in the 50s of the past century, but nobody was aware of it until the end of 2006.

O general do capitão

Author: Fabio Victor (Brazil).
Media: Revista Piauí (Brazil).

This is a profile of Vice President of Brazil, the retired Brazilian Army General Hamilton Mourão, written between the election campaign and just after the triumph of Jair Bolsonaro. Besides reporting the complexities, ambiguities, and nuances of his personality, the text exposes the fissures and uncertainties provoked by the increasing relation between the military and the politics of Brazil.


America First: El legado de una redada migratoria

Authors: Almudena Toral (España), Andrea Patiño Contreras (Colombia), Mauricio Rodríguez Pons (Venezuela), Gerardo del Valle (Guatemala), Ronny Rojas (Costa Rica), Juanje Gomez (España), Ricardo Weibezahn (Venezuela), Anna Clare Spelman (Estados Unidos) Nacho Corbella (Argentina), Jose F. López (Colombia) y Selymar Colón (Puerto Rico).
Media: Univision Noticias Digital (Estados Unidos)

A multimedia bilingual special and a 42 minutes documentary aim to give context of the increase in arrests of undocumented people and the raids organized by Donald Trump’s administration, through the meaningful lessons of a town in Iowa where the biggest raid in the history of the USA took place 10 years ago.

La fiesta del fútbol

Author: Néstor Oliveros Machado (Colombia).
Media: Canal regional Telepacífico.

This chapter is part of a series of chronicles about Chocó, a department of Colombia, and tells the story of the most passionate, special, and rather unknown championship in the Colombian soccer called ‘Amistades del San Juan’, which has been celebrated for 50 years in the town Andagoya.

El drama de bucear en busca de langostas

Author: Rodrigo Abd (Argentina).
Media: The Associated Press (Mexico).

Thousands of men in the region of La Mosquita, between Honduras and Nicaragua, make a living fishing lobsters extracted by diving deep under the surface of the Caribbean Sea. Hundreds of them have either died or become disabled due to the decompression sickness, which happens when they come back to the surface without taking the proper safety and security measures.


Crise do clima

Authors: Lalo de Almeida, Marcelo Leite, Fabiano Maisonnave, Mariana Versolato, Victor Parolin, Patricia Campos Mello, Avener Prado, Daigo Oliva, Thiago Almeida, Simon Ducroquet, Giuliana Miranda, Rogerio Pilker,  Rubens Alencar, Thea Severino y Edson Sales (Brasil)
Media: Folha de S.Paulo

Series of nine multimedia reports portraying the concrete reality of populations, economic sectors, and entire regions that face extreme climate phenomena as the ones science foresees for the upcoming decades.

Frontera cautiva

Authors (Colombia, Ecuador, Francia): Daniela Castro, Nathan Jaccard , Jeanneth Valdivieso, Sinar Alvarado, Jonathan Bock, Juan Diego Restrepo, María Flórez Ramírez, Ricardo León Cruz Baena, Diego Cazar, Estefanía Celi, Isabela Ponce, José María León, María Sol Borja, Soraya Constante, Susana Morán, Ángela Meléndez, Marieta Campaña, Edu León, Manu Bravo, Juan Manuel Barrero, Juan Diego Montenegro, Jules Giraudat, Rémi Labed, Laurent Richard, Paula De la Cruz, Daniela Mora, David Cazar, Fernando Torres y Lenín López.
Media: Forbidden Stories (Francia), La Liga Contra el Silencio (Colombia), Verdad Abierta (Colombia), GK (Ecuador), La Barra Espaciadora (Ecuador), Plan V (Ecuador), Revista Gestión (Ecuador) y OCCRP.

On March 26th 2018, three journalists of the newspaper El Comercio from Ecuador were kidnapped and murdered in the border between Colombia and Ecuador. This project of collaborative journalism reveals details, failed negotiations, mistakes made by both governments; and presents the social situation as well as the security landscape of within the border area.

El país de las dos mil fosas

Authors: Alejandra Guillén, Mago Torres, Marcela Turati, David Eads, Erika Lozano, Paloma Robles, Aranzazú Ayala, Alejandra Xanic, Queso y Mónica González Islas, Gilberto Lastra, Mayra Torres, Juan Carlos Solís (✝), Ana Ivonne Cedillo, Gabriela De la Rosa, Sandra Ley, Pedro Pardo, Félix Márquez, Queso Rayones, Rafael del Río (México).
Media: A dónde van los desaparecidos, Quinto Elemento Lab

This project presents, for the first time, the increasing of the findings of clandestine graves in Mexico between the years 2006 and 2016, period in which the so-called security strategy “Guerra contra las drogas”. This investigation is the result of the field work and the public documents obtained by a group of independent journalists throughout a year and a half.


O fim de uma facção

Authors: Cecília Olliveira, João Brizz, Rodrigo Bento y Yuri Eiras.
Media: The Intercept Brasil.

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This series tells for the first time the story of Amigos dos Amigos, a criminal group that built for 21 years one of the biggest empires of crime in Brazil; it secured millions of dollars in profits and also turned local criminals to legends.

El verde palidece

Authors: Cristina Castro, Jose Guarnizo, Ruby Marcela Pérez, Edwin Sanabria, Eduardo Contreras, Juan Carlos Sierra, José Monsalve, Jaime Flórez , Daniela Guzmán, María Camila Restrepo, Cristian Leguizamón, Andrés Barajas , Daniel Ramírez, Felipe Reyes, Danilo Canguçu, Daniel Reina, Dalia Medina, Tatiana Jaramillo, María del Rosario Laverde,Juan Manuel Rojas De La Rosa, Gloria Patricia Rodríguez Rodríguez, Henry Alberto Rico Macías, Diana Carolina Medina Neira, Sulay Castañeda González  y Angélica Sánchez González (Colombia)
Media: Semana

This is a complete special report that seeks to show the alarming deforestation in Colombia. The reports, published as chapters, tell the stories of war and peace that have been lived in six areas of the country.

Mujeres en la vitrina, migración en manos de la trata –

Authors: Mónica González Islas (México), César Batiz (Venezuela), Jaled Abdelrahim Aranda (España), Fernando Santillán (México), Jacobo Nájera (México), Lydiette Carrión (México), Sheyla Urdaneta (Venezuela), Gloria Betsabe Piña (México), Marco Antonio Gutiérrez (México), Landybel Pérez (México), Alfredo Domínguez (México), Amit Dorenbaum (México), Mario Báez (México), Diego Aguilar (México), Héctor Cárdenas (México), Marco Jasso (México), Hugo Muñoz (México), Edgar Villeda (México), Tatiana Cañón (Colombia), Aida Quintanar (México), Beatriz Vernon (México), Alejandro Elizondo (México), Alejandro Meléndez (México), Javier García (México), Liz Gascón (Venezuela), Nadeska Noriega (Venezuela), Lorena Bornacelly (Venezuela), Alma Ariza (Venezuela), Elsy Torres (Venezuela), Andrea Tosta (Venezuela), Gabriel Batiz (Venezuela), Christian Mijares (Venezuela), Claudia Lizardo (Venezuela), Christopher Colmenares (Venezuela), Marian Piñango (Venezuela) y Alexis Navarro (Venezuela).
Media: Pie de Página, Fusión, Enjambre Dígital (México) y El Pitazo, TalCual, Runrunes (Venezuela)

An investigation about the trafficking in women both in Mexico and Venezuela. The website, which took as reference the original one named, displays the work of a team of journalist of six media outlets and two countries after the killings of Venezuelan, Argentinian, and Mexican women that were involved with the website.

About Premio Gabo and Festival Gabo

Organized by the Fundación Gabo, Premio Gabo and Festival Gabo aim to encourage the pursuit of excellence, innovation, rigorous treatment of facts, and ethical coherence in journalism. It is inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s ideals and work and by the dynamics of innovation, creativity, and leadership that characterize Medellín, Colombia.

The Award and Festival are made possible thanks to the public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Medellin and Bancolombia and SURA, together with their Latin American subsidiaries.

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