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The jury’s report highlights “the quality of the aesthetic proposal as well as the attractive colors that make up the legend of Siegfried, now converted into an illustrated album.” The winning work of the 22-year-old young woman from Barcelona, ​​which was born as an end-of-year project, wins this award, endowed with 1,500 euros and with the creation of the children’s illustrated album published by Cruïlla, which will be presented in the autumn.

In search of peace, love and harmony in illustrated works

This award has the firm objective of stimulating in young cartoonists the pleasure of creation through works that reflect universal values ​​of peace, love, harmony and respect, in addition to commemorating the figure of Antònia Cortijos, vice president of the Jordi Sierra i Foundation. Fabra died in 2022. She was a painter, illustrator and writer, “a multimedia artist, because she did everything throughout her life,” is how her husband Jordi Sierra i Fabra defines her.

To qualify for the Antònia Cortijos Illustration Prize, the illustrations, whether free-themed or an adaptation of an existing story or legend, must be aimed at a children’s audience between 0 and twelve years old, in addition to transmitting aesthetic, ethical and humans.

In this first edition, Irene Tur Fleta, from Barcelona, ​​was the first finalist at just 17 years old, with El somni de la Holly, “an excellent work of manga and fantasy inspiration.” For his part, Alex Álvarez Aranda, from Sant Vicens dels Horts, Barcelona, ​​completed the podium with Junk, an ecological story.

Ariadna Altimira de los Reyes

(Barcelona, ​​October 15, 2001) is the winner of the I Antònia Cortijos Illustration Prize for her illustrated story La llegenda de Sigfrid, her final year project.

He studied at the Ferrer i Abella academy in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat and completed his artistic baccalaureate, with a higher degree in animation and illustration. She is self-taught, she has drawn since she was very little.

Jordi Sierra i Fabra Foundation

The Jordi Sierra i Fabra Foundation aims to promote culture and the arts in general, especially aid to young artists, writers in the Catalan or Spanish language, illustrators, audiovisual creators and plastic arts.

To achieve this goal, the Jordi Sierra i Fabra Foundation has a Cultural Center located in the Sants-Badal neighborhood. The Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary cultural space for the city of Barcelona that offers activities, tools and methodologies so that children, young people and adults can advance in their creative and cultural process.


Since 1984, Cruïlla has been dedicated to publishing books for children and young people, focusing on both educational and literary aspects.

Today, in these two areas – education and literature – Cruïlla maintains the same commitment to the Catalan language, culture and education: in school, through research and adaptation, in its publications, of new content, formats , pedagogical resources and methods; in literature, with a deep commitment to quality, the promotion of reading among young people and literary creation in Catalan.

Cruïlla’s commitment to the Catalan language is reflected in its editorial line and its extensive catalogue. Cruïlla supports Catalan authors of children’s and young people’s literature through the annual call for the El Barco de Vapor awards for children and Gran Angular awards for adolescents and young people.

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