Spain's Queen Sofia on Thursday presented the Mapfre Foundation's 2012 Social Awards to projects in Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Brazil and to a Spanish physician.
The awards, each of which comes with 30,000 euros (around $39,000), are presented annually to recognize people or institutions pursuing outstanding activities to benefit society.
The queen presented the award for Best Environmental Management to the director of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, Fernando Lloveras, for a project to reduce light pollution in natural habitats.
The judging panel awarded another of the prizes to Guatemala's FUDI foundation for comprehensive development, whose coordinator, Gloria Buc, said that the honor will help them to continue growing and helping more women in extreme poverty.
Another prize was presented to the Brazilian entity Criança Segura Kids Brasil for its training campaign to prevent children in the South American country from becoming involved in traffic accidents.
The Jose Manuel Martinez Prize for lifetime achievement was bestowed upon Spanish physician Pedro Guillen Garcia, who was responsible for introducing arthroscopy in Spain. EFE