Announcing the winners of the 2019 Gabo Awards

Announcing the winners of the 2019 Gabo Awards

The seventh edition of the Gabo Awards announces the 2019 award winners in its four competition categories: Text, Image, Coverage, and Innovation. These pieces were selected by 53 judges in three judging rounds as the best in Latin America from a total of 1730 applications.

The winning entries are: La sangre nunca fue amarilla (Cuba) in the Text category; America First: El legado de una redada migratoria (United States) in the Image category, El país de las dos mil fosas (Mexico) in the Coverage category, and Mujeres en la vitrina, migración en manos de la trata (Venezuela – México) in the Innovation category.

During the award ceremony, the Award for Journalistic Excellence was also presented to photojournalist Jesús Abad Colorado. The Clemente Manuel Zabala Award for an exemplary Colombian editor was presented to Luis Enrique Rodríguez, director of the Caracol Radio alternative service.

The award goes to:


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.


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.


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.


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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