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Palmela 2011 - The International Panoramic Photography Festival

Palmela 2011 - The International Panoramic Photography Festival

This summer Palmela, Portugal, will become the world capital of panoramic photography. It is going to be amazing!

Photographers will be coming from around the world to this charming village in the vineyard-covered hills south of Lisbon. There will be tutorials, lectures, vendor displays, banquets, receptions, and field trips. Not to mention exhibitions of every sort of panoramic photography art, all over town, all summer long.

Palmela 2011 - The Tutorials
On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, before the main conference begins, there will be a full day of hands-on instruction in shooting and processing VR panoramas. Whatever your level of expertise, this is a chance to learn from some of the leaders in the field, and to practice shooting in this superbly scenic location.

Palmela 2011 - The Conference
This will be held from June 1 to 5, 2011. It is sponsored by the International VR Photography Association (the IVRPA) and the Municipality of Palmela.

There will be four days of lectures and seminars: Wednesday on the art and craft of shooting panoramic photographs; Thursday the digital processing of panoramic images; Friday will be about publishing panoramas on various media; and finally on Saturday the business of panoramic art.

Palmela 2011 - The Photo Safari
On Sunday, the last day of the conference, there will be a photo-safari around Palmela, Serra da Arrábida and Sesimbra that will last for a whole day and includes a lunch at the Dona Isilda Restaurant.

Home base will be the historic Palmela Castle crowning a rocky ridge with a luxury hotel inside —the Pousada Palmela. The entire hotel will be available exclusively for participants in the conference, and at a deeply discounted rate! Lectures and other events will be held in the recently renovated theater Cine-Teatro São João. Even though everything will be within easy walking distance, the organization will provide minibus services to carry all attendees to the Hotel and conference venue.

Warm Portuguese hospitality will be a feature of this conference, with wholehearted participation by the townspeople and local businesses. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided every day by the Pousada staff, plus a reception and dinner at the hotel on Wednesday. During the rest of the week there will be time to walk around the town and get together with old and new friends in the restaurants. Saturday after the sessions end there will be a tour of the Casa Ermelinda de Freitas winery followed by dinner.

Palmela 2011 - The Marketplace
Throughout the conference, vendors of photographic and panoramic hardware, software, and services will be displaying their products and answering questions. See it all here, in one place, with special show discounts, and talk to the manufacturers themselves.

Palmela 2011 - The Exhibitions
The panoramas won't just be in the conference, they will be everywhere in Palmela. There will be special exhibitions in every display space in town, plus many of the restaurants, bars and other businesses. The Festival exhibitions will continue through the summer, promoting panoramic photography and photographers long after the conference is over.

If you want to hang out with the world's leading panoramic photographers — Palmela is the place and June 1–5 is the time.

To be sure you are right in the heart of the action, you should sign up soon because space in the Hotel is limited. You will need to book through the conference website, because we have reserved the entire Pousada.

All parts of the festival are being planned and staffed by volunteers. The fees will start at 125 Euros for the tutorials and 275 Euros for the full conference (with early-bird and members' discounts). Considering the program, meals, and other events this is really an amazing value.

For full and continuously updated information please consult the conference website:

On Behalf of the IVRPA Board of Directors

Carlos Chegado
IVRPA Director