World Press Photo, which holds the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest, on Monday awarded several Spanish journalists a multimedia prize.

The organization honored photojournalists David Airob and David Ramos, along with editor Jose Bautista, by presenting them with third place in the "short feature" category for their work "Calcio Storico."

The World Press Photo judging panel announced on Monday its award selections, among which is the short documentary on what is known as "calcio fiorentino," an early form of soccer played originally by the Italian aristocracy.

Currently, a tournament is held every year during the third week in June on La Santa Croce square in Florence, Italy, where four teams representing the city's four quarters compete to face off in the final on June 24, the feast day of San Giovanni, the city's patron saint.

The three journalists dedicated their work to this historic game, which was not played for 200 years until the tradition was revived during the 1930s.

In February, World Press Photo recognized the work of Spaniards Moises Saman and Pau Barrena, Argentina's Emiliano Lasalvia, Salvadoran Fred Ramos and Mexico's Christopher Vanegas in different photographic categories.

World Press Photo was founded in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1955. EFE