New Hélder de Azevedo da Faro 1540 challenges you to photograph the Ria Formosa

Registration opened today

To promote the «observation, discovery, disclosure of the environmental and cultural heritage» of Faro and Algarve is one of the objectives of the new photography award Hélder de Azevedo, launched on Friday by the association Faro 1540.

According to the Association for the Defense and Promotion of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage of Faro the initiative also aims to «stimulate creativity, encouraging a taste for photography as a means of visual communication and as a form of artistic expression» and to contribute «to the reinforcement of the heritage, cultural and environmental identity» of the municipality and the region.

All this while honoring Hélder Cavaco de Azevedo, «one of the main figures in the Algarve art scene».

According to Paulo de Oliveira Botelho, president of the Faro 1540, «with the institution of the Hélder de Azevedo Photography Prize, we intend to perpetuate the memory of this great Faroese and his passion for photography, with the aim of promoting the environmental and cultural heritage of Faro and the Algarve through the art of photography».



The contest is free to enter and is open to the community at large. Anyone over 16 years of age, of any nationality, can participate.

In this first year, the theme chosen by the Faro 1540 is “Ria Formosa, a Heritage to Preserve”, having been defined 4 (four) categories: “The Ria and its People”; “Ria Biodiversity”; “Between the Ria and the City” and “Discovering the Ria”.

The registration period for the Hélder de Azevedo prize starts today, June 13th, and is open until September 30, 2022.

For more information, consult the regulation and the respective registration forms. on the association's Facebook page Faro 1540.

Hélder Cavaco Azevedo (1922-2001) was a «versatile and multifaceted man who, with a high civic sense and through a lens, portrayed the Algarve way of life, projecting the material and immaterial memory of a people to the world».

«Throughout his career, he made thousands of photographic records, covering social events, documenting, in an exhaustive and almost daily way, the gestures, the rituals of groups, individual expressions, the attitudes and commitment of an entire population, stories of cycles of lives, and of generations that, like the tides, came and went from Faro», He concluded.