Princess of Asturias Awards

Princess of Asturias Awards
Location Campoamor Theatre
Country Spain
Presented by Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Princess of Asturias Foundation
Former name(s) Prince of Asturias Awards (from 1981–2014)
First awarded 1981
Official website

The Princess of Asturias Awards[1] (Spanish: Premios Princesa de Asturias, Asturian: Premios Princesa d'Asturies), formerly the Prince of Asturias Awards from 1981–2014 (Spanish: Premios Príncipe de Asturias) are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation (previously the Prince of Asturias Foundation) to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.

The prize was established on 24 September 1980 by the then twelve-year-old Felipe, Prince of Asturias, heir to the throne of Spain, "to consolidate links between the Principality and the Prince of Asturias, and to contribute to, encourage and promote scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of mankind's universal heritage."[2] The awards are presented at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias. A sculpture, expressly created for the prize by Spanish sculptor Joan Miró, is presented yearly to the recipients of the prize.

Following the accession of Felipe VI as King of Spain on 19 June 2014, it was announced that, beginning in 2015, the foundation and the awards are to be renamed the Princess of Asturias Awards to reflect the new heir presumptive to the Spanish throne, Leonor, Princess of Asturias.[3] King Felipe will continue to preside over the awards ceremony until the Princess of Asturias reaches majority age on 31 October 2023. In 2015, Wikipedia won the prize in the International Cooperation category.[4]


Emblem of the Prince of Asturias Foundation and Awards.

Arts (Artes)

Communications and Humanities (Comunicación y Humanidades)

International Cooperation (Cooperación Internacional)

Literature (Letras)

The Award given to Claudio Magris in 2004, shown at the exhibition La Trieste di Magris at CCCB in Barcelona during 2011.

Social Sciences (Ciencias Sociales)

Sports (Deportes)

2016 Spain Javier Gómez Noya Triathlon
2015 Spain Marc and Pau Gasol Basketball
2014 United States New York City Marathon Athletics
2013 Spain José María Olazábal Golf
2012 Spain Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández Football
2011 Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie Athletics
2010 Spain Spain national football team Football
2009 Russia Yelena Isinbayeva Athletics
2008 Spain Rafael Nadal Tennis
2007 Germany Michael Schumacher Formula One
2006 Spain Spain national basketball team Basketball
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso Formula One
2004 Morocco Hicham El Guerrouj Athletics
2003 France Tour de France Cycling
2002 Brazil Brazil national football team Football
2001 Spain Manuel Estiarte Waterpolo
2000 United States Lance Armstrong Cycling
1999 Germany Steffi Graf Tennis
1998 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Tennis
1997 Spain Spanish Marathon team Athletics
1996 United States Carl Lewis Athletics
1995 Algeria Hassiba Boulmerka Athletics
1994 United States Martina Navratilova Tennis
1993 Cuba Javier Sotomayor Athletics
1992 Spain Miguel Indurain Cycling
1991 Soviet Union Sergey Bubka Athletics
1990 Spain Sito Pons Motorcycle
1989 Spain Seve Ballesteros Golf
1988 Spain Juan Antonio Samaranch Olympics
1987 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Athletics

Technical and Scientific Research (Investigación Científica y Técnica)

Concord (Concordia)

Exemplary Town of Asturias (Pueblo Ejemplar de Asturias)

Every year, a town or community organization in the Principality of Asturias is chosen to receive this award, a royal visit, and a prize of €25,000.[5]

See also


  1. Premios Princesa de Asturias "Quedan convocados los Premios Princesa de Asturias 2015"
  2. Princess of Asturias Foundation, official website (in English)
  3. "Felipe VI: "Quedan convocados por primera vez los premios "Princesa de Asturias"". Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  4. "Wikipedia". Princesa de Asturias Prize Foundation. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. "Premio al Pueblo Ejemplar de Asturias. Galardonados" (in Spanish). Fundación Princesa de Asturias. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
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