The recipients of the 30th edition of the King of Spain Journalism Prizes were announced here Thursday by a jury that praised the "excellent quality" of the 242 pieces submitted for consideration.

The entries "reflect the high level of Ibero-American journalism and the prestige" of the awards, in the words of the jury, headed by Agencia EFE President Jose Antonio Vera and Spain's secretary of state for International Cooperation and Ibero America, Jesus Gracia.

Colombia's Julio Sanchez Cristo garnered the Radio prize for an exclusive interview with the prostitute at the center of a scandal involving U.S. Secret Service agents who were in Cartagena to prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama.

Honors in the Television category went to two executives of Mexico's Televisa, Bernardo Gomez Martinez and Leopoldo Gomez Gonzalez, for a production about the 1910-1917 Mexican Revolution.

Brazilian photojournalist Wilton de Sousa Junior's image of a protest in Rio de Janeiro was selected for the Photography prize.

A multimedia piece about threats to Bogota's water supply published on the Web site of Colombian daily El Tiempo picked up the award for Digital Journalism.

The Special Ibero-American Prize for Environmental Journalism was conferred on Peruvian journalist Jack Lo Lau for coverage of issues related to garbage.

Four reporters with El Periodico de Cataluña newspaper earned the Press prize for investigative journalism that rescued an innocent man from a judicial nightmare.

Sponsored by Spanish construction giant OHL, each of the six journalism prizes comes with 6,000 euros ($8,000).

Argentina's Federico Demian Bianchini won the Don Quixote award for quality writing on the strength of his article about Supreme Court Justice Raul Zaffaroni. The 9,000 euro ($12,000) prize is sponsored by Grupo Tragsa.

Spain's King Juan Carlos will present the prizes at a ceremony in Madrid. EFE