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SUR holds annual award ceremony for outstanding 'Malagueños'

The prize winners line up for a photo after the award ceremony.
The prize winners line up for a photo after the award ceremony. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The newspaper group gave prizes in six categories for distingushed achievement and impact on the lives of those in the province

SUR newspaper group held its annual awards on Monday evening, recognising achievements of local people and organisations. Presented with support from Unicaja Banco, there were prizes in six categories.

The winners were chosen by members of SUR editorial teams. They included names well-known internationally, as well as others who may not be as familiar but whose work is helping put Malaga and its province on the map in different fields.

Hundreds of people attended the gala event, the twentieth time it has been held, and many senior representatives of local and regional authorities were in attendance at Malaga city's Palacio de Congresos.

Opening the evening, editorial director of SUR newspapers, Manuel Castillo, said that SUR "is a tool at the service of the people of Malaga", while the president of the Diputación provincial authority, Francisco Salado, added, "In these times of fake stories and the tyranny of social media, rigorous and truthful media are as necessary as ever."

Among the winners was Malaga-born Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas, who is tipped for an Oscar next year and has just opened his Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in the city. Top golfer, Azahara Muñoz, won in the Sport category.

One lesser known winner was Bernardo Quintero, founder of locally based technology company Virustotal, a firm that has been successfully working with Google on its cybersecurity strategy.

Two household names to both Spanish and expatriates also collected awards. Malaga Airport is 100 years old this year and the chief executive of Aena, its owner, was at the ceremony. El Corte Inglés also indirectly received a prize, given to Javier Caparrós who has been running the firm's business in Malaga for 40 years.

Perhaps the most emotional award of the night went to hundreds of people from the public and private sectors who fought to rescue Julen, the toddler that fell down a borehole earlier this year, a story that was followed around the world.