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The winner of this prestigious award in 2018 will receive £500. The award, funded by The Anglo-Portuguese Society is named in memory of Ann Waterfall, who served as the Society’s Secretary for 20 years.  

All nominations are presented to a selection panel comprising of an academic, a representative from the Portuguese Embassy in the United Kingdom and a member of The Anglo-Portuguese Society Executive Committee, who will on behalf of The Anglo-Portuguese Society agree upon the winning candidate.   

The guidelines for eligibility for nomination were changed in 2014 to reflect the expansion in Lusophone Studies and Portuguese language learning in this country.  

The nomination requirements and procedures are that:  

  • students must be in their final year at a UK university studying topics related to Portugal; 
  • The Anglo-Portuguese Society will decide the prizewinner on the basis of references provided by two of the undergraduate’s academic tutors (full-time staff).

 The Society's decision will be final; where there are candidates of equal merit, the Society will give preference to those aiming to continue their Portuguese studies at postgraduate level. 

Presentation of the Award will be made by a representative of The Anglo-Portuguese Society, at a mutually agreed date in the Autumn, at one of the Society’s events.

Nominations for the 2019 award should be sent preferably by email to or by post to the address below.

The closing date for receipt of nominations by the Society is 13th July 2019

The School or Department of the successful candidate will be informed by 27th July 2019.


LOUISE OMEROD – Cardiff University

I began studying Portuguese at beginner level at Cardiff University in 2014. Since then, I have devoted myself to expanding my knowledge of the history and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world along with gaining proficiency in the Portuguese language. My semester in Portugal studying Estudos Culturais at the Universidade do Minho deepened my passion for all things Portuguese. As a lover of the arts, I was delighted to experience local festivals such as Festa das Cruzes and Braga Romana and became entranced by Fado, ensuring I attended several performances during my time abroad.

In my final year of university, I became fascinated with the study of Portuguese diaspora communities. I carried out a study on the Portuguese diaspora in France, producing a portfolio in which I analysed how this specific community is represented in both Ruben Alves’ film A Gaiola Dourada and Gerald Bloncourt’s photobook Por Uma Vida Melhor.

This July, I graduated from Cardiff University with First-Class Honours. I am eager to continue my studies in Portuguese later this month as part of Translation Studies (MA) to fulfil my ambition of becoming a Professional Translator.

DANIEL PAWSON – Oxford University

In his first year exams, Dan was awarded an overall distinction for both the Spanish and Portuguese components of his degree, which only one or two students achieve each year. Particularly high marks in his two Portuguese language papers are clear indicators of his intellect and his dedication, especially given that he started Portuguese from scratch when he joined Oxford and was sitting the same paper as post-A-Level students. Since his first year, Dan’s college have awarded him a series of scholarships for sustained high performance based on glowing termly reports from all of those who have taught him.

Dan continued to show that he is a first-class student. In his second academic year, he was one of the finalists in Portuguese for translation classes (Portuguese into English) and, overall, was the highest-performing student, consistently gaining marks over 70 for his work. His translations were mature and dealt particularly well with register and humour in the passages set, demonstrating that he is a very careful reader and a stylish writer. In class, Dan raised the level of our discussions both with his own ideas and with his thoughtful responses to those proposed by his peers. His Portuguese language tutor and our Camões leitor, Rafael Esteves Martins, confirms that he is the best in a very bright group of students graduating this year.

Dan’s sensitivity to nuance and his attention to detail, so evident in his translation work, also shone through in his literature essays. He studied what is known as the Renaissance Prescribed Authors paper, which involves in-depth study of two Renaissance Portuguese writers, one explored in the second year and the other in the final year. Choosing this paper demonstrated Dan’s intellectual ambition and curiosity about the full range of writing from the Portuguese-speaking world, both chronologically and geographically, given that he covered modern Portuguese, Brazilian, and African literature in his second year. Dan dealt with the linguistic difficulties and cultural strangeness of Vicente’s plays with apparent ease, producing a set of insightful, carefully-argued, and well-researched essays. His close readings of individual passages and his ability to marshal a range of secondary criticism demonstrated a real ability to write about literature in a rigorous, yet imaginative way.

PHOEBE MACMILLAN – University of Edinburgh

Firstly, it is a great privilege to receive the Ann Waterfall Award and for this, I would like to thank the Anglo-Portuguese Society very much.

My studies at The University of Edinburgh in Spanish and Portuguese sparked my interest further in Portuguese culture, history and literature. Having been lectured in Twentieth Century Portuguese Literature by one of the most inspiring academics in her field at the Universidade de Coimbra on my year abroad, I chose to focus my final year of Portuguese on a similar topic. My final piece explored the portrayal of ‘History’ and the concept of the ‘Historical Novel’ in both ‘A Viagem do elefante’ and ‘Memorial do convento’ by José Saramago. Following my year abroad, I enjoyed a summer of volunteering as a Workaway volunteer at a sustainable tourism lodge on São Miguel, Açores; I really enjoyed spending time there and hope to make it to the rest of the islands before too long. It is safe to say that I am obsessed with everything Portuguese and Portugal related and I am always on the hunt for a hidden gem off the tourist trail to visit.

As I continue to try and pursue a wine related career, a top priority of mine is to be able to continue using my knowledge of languages as much as possible. As I write, I am teaching English as a foreign language in Jersey and I am very much looking forward to doing another ‘Vindima’ in the Alentejo for a couple of months. Next year, I hope to take my languages to South America and combine some further wine related experience with English teaching and this award will help me get there.

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