Fernando Mexia, a correspondent with Agencia Efe in Los Angeles, received the prize for best Entertainment News or Feature story in the International category at the Southern California Journalism Awards.
Mexia, a 35-year-old Spaniard, received the award for his story "Tarzan Reclaims His Place in the 21st Century With A Clamor," published on Aug. 18, 2012.
This is the first time that an Efe journalist has obtained a SoCal award, which media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, among others, aim for.
The panel of judges, comprised of U.S. journalists from outside Southern California, selected the article in which Mexia described the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the famous jungle character by novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs.
"This piece opens with a whiz-bang lead and never lets go throughout," said the judges in a statement read during Sunday's awards gala in Los Angeles.
The article discusses an unusual contest among Tarzan devotees to show who could best imitate the famous jungle call that Johnny Weissmuller popularized in 1939.
The annual SoCal Journalism Awards were created by the Los Angeles Press Club during the Cold War and are one of the longest-running journalistic competitions in the United States and among those with the most participants, the organization says.
More than 200 invited guests attended Sunday's event.
Mexia has been a correspondent for Efe in Los Angeles since 2008, a period during which he has covered everything from U.S. presidential elections to events like the Oscars, the Grammy Awards and the death of Michael Jackson, as well as keeping abreast of current events in Silicon Valley. EFE