Catalan of the year Award

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The "Catalan of the Year" award[1] is organized by El Periódico de Catalunya, which since 2000 recognizes the Catalan person that was the most prominent in the development of their social or professional activity during the previous year. The award is voted by readers of the newspaper, after a previous selection of different nominees by a jury composed of persons from different social environments.

The award ceremony "Catalan of the Year" takes place during a solemn ceremony at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, at the end of each January, attended by the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Mayor of Barcelona, and other personalities of the political, economic, social and cultural life of Catalonia.

Along with the prize "Catalan of the Year", the Journal of Catalonia also delivers other awards. The winner of the award in 2011 was Joaquim Maria Puyal.[2]


Year Awards Field
2000 Ernest Lluch, (given posthumously) Politician
2001 Pau Gasol Basketball Player
2002 Manuela de Madre Politician
2003 Ferran Adrià Cook
2004 Joan Manuel Serrat Singer
2005 Joan Massagué Oncology Scientist
2006 Neus Català A survivor of the Ravensbrück concentration camp[3]
2007 Pasqual Maragall Politician, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya
2008 Vicente Ferrer Moncho Philanthropist
2009 Pep Guardiola Coach of FC Barcelona
2010 David Miret Leader of the Castellers de Vilafranca
2011 Joaquim Maria Puyal Journalist
2012 Josep Sánchez de Toledo Head of Children's Oncology at Vall d'Hebron Hospital
2013 Josefina Castellví i Piulachs Oceanographer, first woman to lead a scientific base in the Antarctica
2014 Lucia Caram[4] Dominica nun, Social activist.
2015 Óscar Camps Activist from Proactiva open arms


  1. ^ "Català de l'any". El Periódico de Catalunya. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pep Guardiola, 'Català de l'any' (in spanish)
  3. ^ "Neus Català recibe el premio Catalán del Año 2006 por su lucha contra el nazismo" [Neus Català receives the Catalan of the Year Award 2006 for his fight against Nazism]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). barcelona. February 3, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sor Lucía Caram gana la 15ª edición del premio Catalan del Año". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 

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