The Madrid Press Association, or APM, presented its 2013 Journalism Awards to, among others, Victoria Prego and Jordi Evole - who were handed the prizes for outstanding professional career and journalist of the year, respectively - and Agencia Efe received special mention on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.

Also honored were Felipe Serrano for best specialized journalist in Madrid and Francisco Carrion for best young journalist of the year.

Prego, a political analyst for the daily El Mundo, was given the Award of Honor in recognition of her professional career, an award formerly known as the Rodriguez Santamaria Prize, for being "an indisputable reference point for Spanish journalism in terms of quality, commitment and professionalism carried out during a career that includes all media: press, radio and television," the jury said.

Evole, of La Sexta, won the APM Prize for best journalist of 2013, an award formerly known as the Victor de la Serna Prize, for "bringing the (public) closer to the big issues that in these times of crisis concern them most, always with a human, colloquial tone, attempting to simplify the events and processes we experience without hiding their significance," the jury said.

The jury, comprised of the APM board of directors headed by Carmen del Riego, also took advantage of the occasion to recognize the work of Spain's international news agency, Agencia Efe, on its 75th anniversary, "a period of time during which it has managed to establish itself as the world's fourth-largest news agency and the largest in Spanish."

This transformation, according to the members of the jury, "would not have been possible without the contribution of Efe's journalists and photojournalists, who are able to compete with the other big news agencies on the highest level."

"With their ordinarily anonymous work, the different generations of Efe professionals have contributed in a decisive manner to the growth, prestige and credibility of the agency, which nowadays is one of the main examples of Spain's presence in the world and an authoritative voice for the spread of the values of the Ibero-American community," the jury said.

In presenting the 2013 awards, the APM board of directors also recalled the three journalists who have been held captive in Syria since September 2013 - Marc Marginedas, Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia - and it once again demanded their immediate release. EFE