Always active on the cultural front on the Costa del Sol, Mijas is organising a Photo Festival aimed at encouraging amateur photographers in the region to go out and capture the natural beauty, architecture, events, people and everyday moments of Mijas and surrounding areas.
Residents and photography enthusiasts who will be attending the conferences and workshops to be held at the Hotel Calamijas between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th October are welcome to register for the competition and will have to select their two favourite shots to submit, which they can do until 20 October. You’re free to follow your creative and artistic impulses, yet the only proviso is that one of the images sent in has to be of Mijas, whilst the other can be of the wider area ranging from Málaga to Marbella and beyond.
Entitled ‘Discovering Mijas’, the competition is aimed at providing a new stock of images of the area and stimulating locals, residents and visitors alike to go out and take note of the beautiful, interesting and occasionally funny things that exist all around us. Some participants will undoubtedly focus on the olive groves, mountain views and the beaches and coves of La Cala de Mijas, while others will try to capture the essence of the town’s pretty whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and wizened ancients – not to mention the donkey rides for which Mijas Pueblo is famous.
The images sent in will be collated and organised into a photographic exhibition. Besides giving non-professionals the unique chance of being exhibited, the three-day event will also feature lectures, photo presentations and a host of workshops on a wide range of photographic disciplines ranging from portrait photography to weddings, nature, fashion and architectural photography. Among the speakers are some of Spain’s leading professionals, including Cristina Garcia – the first Spanish photographer to feature in the Magnum photo agency, Ouka Leele, and Clemente Jimenez, European Wedding Golden Camera Award 2010.
For those with an interest in this accessible art form and especially people keen to improve their own techniques and results, the 2012 Mijas Photo Festival is a fun way to learn from real pros – and perhaps walk away with one of the competition prizes!
For more information and details about the entrance fee and conditions:www.photofestival.es