The 26th edition of the ENAIRE Foundation Awards is being held in 2021 to recognise research and communication in air transport, as well as artistic photography, along with other categories.
There are a total of six categories, including the R&Drone Award, which is organised in collaboration with Airbus SpainThe ENAIRE Foundation, a cultural entity linked to ENAIRE, is organising a new edition of its aeronautical awards, the only ones in this speciality to be awarded in Spain. In addition, it is bringing back its Photography Award with new features, which, due to the health crisis, had to be cancelled in the previous edition.
The projects of the four aeronautical categories have to be presented digitally before 20 May 2021, using the registration form provided by the ENAIRE Foundation for this purpose on its website:
- The Luis Azcárraga Award acknowledges work, studies or projects published in 2020 in official Spanish languages or in English and that make a unique and practical contribution to air transport in terms of planning and organisation, economic and administrative management, environmental impact and protection, as well as to technological research and innovation.
It is awarded annually and includes a 12,000-euro prize.
- The José Ramón López Villares Award recognises Undergraduate and Master's theses in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, as well as in Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering and Architecture at any Spanish university that involves air navigations or airports. The projects, written in an official language of Spain or in English, must have been submitted and approved in 2020.
A maximum of four prizes is awarded every year, each one worth 3,000 euros: two for projects on air navigation and another for two projects involving airports.
- R&Drone Award for those works, studies, projects, articles, technical publications, etc., that make a unique contribution to innovation in the drone sector, in the fields of aircraft design and aircraft system technologies (including propulsion, communications, control, etc.), drone production, operation and traffic management, as well as the development of new applications.
New this year is the ENAIRE Foundation's partnership with Airbus Spain to link this award with the latest developments in the aviation industry. The winner will be able to present the project to technical managers at Airbus Spain, who, if the project interests them, will consider prototyping it.
It is awarded annually and is worth 12,000 euros.
- Aeronautical Journalism Award for works of journalism that are related to air transport and navigation, as well as airport facilities and airport services in general. The works, written in the official languages of Spain, or in English, must have been published or issued sometime in 2020 in Spanish press, radio, television, digital media or online publications. Up to three articles may be presented per candidate.
It is awarded annually and it consists of a sum of 12,000 euros.
- The Photography Award recognises original works, either artistic or in a free subject matter, that have not received any prizes in any other competition. Every author may submit up to three photographs. The three winning works will become part of the ENAIRE Contemporary Art Collection.
12,000 euros will be awarded to the first prize, 8,000 euros to the second and 5,000 euros to the third.
In this edition, the Photography Award is structured into two phases that combine digital and physical formats. Photographs opting for the prize must be presented in digital format from 26 January to 7 March 2021 using the registration form that the ENAIRE Foundation has provided for this purpose on its website.
Of all the works presented, the jury will pre-select 25 photographs that will then have to be physically presented, from 10 to 14 May 2021, at the two addresses detailed in the contest rules. In those cases where the artists must produce their work to present it in the physical phase of the prize, the ENAIRE Foundation will collaborate in its production, paying for 50% of the total cost of this process (up to 500 euros per photograph), which must be done in the professional laboratories selected by the Foundation.
Of the 25 works presented in this second phase, the jury will ultimately select the three award-winning works and the seven finalists, which will be exhibited as a group from 2 June to 29 August 2021 at the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid as part of the official opening of PHotoESPAÑA 2021.
All the rules for the awards are on the ENAIRE Foundation website:www.fundacionenaire.es
The work of the ENAIRE Foundation
The ENAIRE Foundation is a cultural organisation linked to ENAIRE. Its objectives include the fostering of aeronautical culture and the preservation, expansion and spreading of ENAIRE's artistic heritage. This heritage comprises a notable collection of Spanish and Ibero-American art, spanning from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. It encompasses more than a thousand paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphic art pieces, works on paper and multimedia artworks.