Barlavento editor and reporter Bruno Filipe Pires has won first and third prizes in the regional category of the ‘Analisar a Pobreza na Imprensa’ (Analysing Poverty in the Press) awards.
The awards were created by the Portuguese branch of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) to “distinguish journalistic work that tackles poverty and social exclusion in a dignified way, free of prejudice and other negative views”.
First prize in the regional category went to Bruno Filipe Pires’ article ‘Pauliana Valente Pimentel mostra comunidades ciganas em Faro-oeste’, about an exhibition which focused on Faro’s Roman gypsy communities. Acclaimed Portuguese contemporary photographer Pauliana Valente Pimentel spoke to Barlavento about the “stories” that are often hidden due to prejudice.
He also won third prize with ‘Fátima Messias: estamos a criar pobres tolerando a desigualdade’, an article which explores poverty and enduring inequality in Portugal and its effects during the pandemic.
Both articles were published last year and can be read online.
Sandra Simões from Diário de Aveiro won second prize in the regional category for her article ‘Vive há meses numa paragem de autocarro, quase invisível a quem passa’, which tells the story of Carlos Maurício who last year lived for months at a bus stop in Aveiro.
The award ceremony is scheduled for October 17 at 5.30pm at the Lúcio Craveiro da Silva library in Braga. Winners were chosen out of a group of 48 articles (25 national and 23 regional articles), selected by the 19 local citizen councils – one for each district of Portugal as well as the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Barlavento is part of the Open Media Group, publishers of the Resident.