Spain’s annual Prince of Asturias Awards have taken place, conferring honours on eight winners from home and abroad. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, whose films have won him recognition around the world, was presented with the Arts prize at the ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo.
The Letters Award went to American author Paul Auster. Crown Prince Felipe is the patron of the Asturias Foundation behind the prizes which have been compared to the Nobel awards. They honour achievement in a range of endeavours. Former Irish President Mary Robinson received the Social Sciences prize for her work as a global human rights campaigner.
The UN’s childrens’ foundation, Unicef, was given the Concord accolade for combatting disease and poverty in Africa. Standing head and shoulders above the other winners were the members of Spain’s basketball team which triumphed at the World Championships. The recipients get 50,000 euros and a statue Joan Miro.