Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary presented the Crown Prince Couple Prize for 2018 on Saturday in Aalborg.
The Crown Prince Couple Prize was created in 2004 following their wedding, with the funding provided as a gift from the Bikuben Foundation. There are four prizes in total: the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Prize, the Crown Prince Couple’s Social Prize, and the Crown Prince Couple’s Star Prize, which is awarded to two rising talents.
The 2018 winner of the Crown Prince Couple’s Social Prize was the Association of Greenlandic Children, which works to ensure that the children of Greenland and Denmark have access to education and a safe childhood. The prize is 500,000 Danish kroner.
“In Greenland, among other things, they have developed a childbirths scheme to ensure that the children’s voice is heard in social matters that concern them,” according to the Royal House’s website.
The 2018 winner of the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Prize was author Kim Leine, who publishes novels about life in Denmark and Greenland. His most recent novel is called Red Man/Black Man and was published this year, and it deals with Danish missionaries in Greenland. The prize is 500,000 Danish kroner.
The two winners of the Crown Prince Couple’s Star Prize are film director Annika Berg and Foundation, based in Aarhus. These prizes were awarded on 19 November, and each winner receives 100,000 Danish kroner.
Annika Berg was awarded the prize because of her young age and the energy she brings to the Danish film community. She graduated from the Danish Film School three years ago, and makes films “which feature lots of colour, power and edge.”
Foundation was awarded the prize because of “their ability to create a safe and trustworthy framework for all and because they insist on starting from the individual.”
The Crown Prince Prize will split up the Star Prize from this year, with one winner being a young person with exceptional talent, and the other being an innovator in social work.
The winners are determined by advisory committees that work in culture and social work who then make recommendations to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Marya.