The Camino de Santiago Awards constitute the institutional and social acknowledgement of the public and private initiatives aimed at conserving, improving and embellishing the environments of the routes of the Camino de Santiago, this which foster new services or innovation and improvement of the services provided to the pilgrims, as well as the specific dissemination and promotion of the Camino de Santiago and Jacobean culture.
Thus, the main objectives of these awards are to make progress in the improvement of each one of the routes of the Camino de Santiago as well as in their landscape and architectonic environments and their protection in general together with revitalising them.
Moreover, they seek to increase the sensitivity of the citizens as regards the relevance of the values of the Camino de Santiago and foster the knowledge of the general heritage of the Camino by promoting citizen collaboration in coordination with the Public Administrations.
The Award Winners
In the first category, aimed at distinguishing the initiatives of the Town Halls located on the routes of the Camino de Santiago, the first prize was for the Town Hall of Mondoñedo and the second fr the Town Hall of Oroso.
The second category, designed to award the action carried out by the Friends of the Camino de Santiago, recognised the work of the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago of Burgos, the first prize, and the Jacobean Association of Malaga.
In the third category, which recognises the initiatives or activities carried out by small and medium sized enterprises, the first prize was for Maseybuco and the second for Zerozero Imagen y Comunicación.
Finally, the fourth category prize was for the Centre for Galician Studies at the University of Kiel, in the modality which distinguishes research and study work on the Camino de Santiago and the Jacobean pilgrimage or culture or the cultural heritage linked to the Camino de Santiago, and the San Rosendo-Mondoñedo Multilingual Secondary School, in the category which recognises the work of an educational nature related to the theme of the Camino de Santiago carried out in primary and secondary education centres in the Autonomous Community of Galicia.