The Secretary of State prioritizes passenger mobility as a key objective for the Ministry of Public Works
Pedro Saura highlighted the strategic importance of air transport
The Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing took advantage of the ENAIRE Foundation's Photography Awards to highlight the essential contribution of our aeronautical facilities and amenities to Spain's leadership in tourism, from a social and economic point of view, in terms of social cohesion and a well-connected regional backbone.
At an event held at the Cervantes Institute headquarters, Pedro Saura expressed his conviction that all the links making up the air transport value chain (airlines, airports, air navigation system, etc.) Will make a special effort this summer to ensure that the millions of passengers travelling by plane may enjoy their holidays without any problems.
According to Saura, "we have good reason to be proud of our tourism industry, which is one of the engines of the economy, and the excellent professionals who make it posible”.
80 artists have competed in the 11th edition of the ENAIRE Foundation's photography awards.
The three award-winning creators were Juan Millas, first prize for 'A Grove of Trees from a Point of View'; María Primo (2nd prize), for 'The Wall'; and Eduardo Nave (3rd prize), for ‘Global Village II. Image IX, chapter VI', from the series 'Like'.
Javier Vallhonrat, for his part, has received the Trajectory Award, in its first edition, which acknowledges the creative maturity and professional path of renowned artists in the field of photography.
Finally, Gema Rupérez, Javier Viver and Ana Linhares have been awarded the Residence Prize, also awarded for the first time this year, in collaboration with the JustMAD emerging art fair, whose aim is to help nurture new creators at their initial stages.
All works of art can be seen at the ‘Evolutionaries' exhibition, organised jointly by the ENAIRE Foundation and the Cervantes Institute as part of the PHotoEspaña Festival. It will remain open at the Instituto Cervantes headquarters in Calle de Alcalá in Madrid until 26th August.
As part of the Public Works Ministry, ENAIRE is the company responsable for air navigation in Spain: the first european airspace in terms of size and fourth in terms of traffic volume, with more than 2 million flights forecasted for 2018.
The ENAIRE Foundation is a cultural institution linked to the public company ENAIRE. Among its objectives is the management, conservation and dissemination ENAIRE's Contemporary Art collection, comprising 1,200 artworks from different disciplines (painting, sculpture, photography, multimedia art...), belonging to renowned spanish and latin american artists, from the second half of the 20th century to the present day.
Every year the Foundation organises exhibitions of the ENAIRE Collection both inside and outside spain, and takes part in fairs such as FITUR or ARCOmadrid to showcase the artworks in the Collection and the rest of its cultural activities and projects.
Committed to its backing of artistic creation and firm commitment to new artists, the ENAIRE Foundation plays a vital role in cultural patronage with its annual Photography Awards competetion and participation in the official PHotoespaña and JustMAD selection.
In addition, each year the Foundation organises a complete programme of activities aimed at promoting and disseminating aeronautical culture, through the awarding of the ENAIRE Foundation Prizes (the only aeronautical awards given in Spain), the issuing of publications and organisation of exhibitions and Aeronautical Conferences.
The Foundation was created in 1994 under the name Aena Foundation and in January 2016 changed its name to ENAIRE Foundation.