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Association for Communication in Portuguese Language opens photography exhibition focused on the impact of the pandemic

The exhibition also includes honorable mentions and other images that the jury considered relevant for promoting communication in the Portuguese language and the dissemination of Lusophone traditions and characteristics.

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The opening ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm, in the Casa Garden Exhibition Gallery – Fundação Oriente, and includes a cocktail and entertainment with the group Dança Brasil and DJ Cuco.

The fourth edition of this photography competition, organized annually by ‘Somos! — Association for Communication in Portuguese Language’, had as its theme a photographic self-reflection on the loneliness experienced during the days of restrictions imposed globally by health authorities.

According to the association, the photographs ‘overflow what communities in Portuguese-speaking Countries and Macau felt during this period and – now with due distance – give a vision of how this cycle of loneliness is closing’.

Brazilian Raphael Alves was the big winner of the “Somos Imagens da Lusofonia” competition, with the photograph entitled “Insulae”, thus winning the first prize, worth 10 thousand patacas, with a photograph taken in a cemetery in Manaus , in Brazil.

Brazilian Raphael Alves was the big winner of the “Somos Imagens da Lusofonia” competition, with the photograph “Insulae”, taken in a cemetery in Manaus, Brazil.

In the descriptive memory, Raphael Alves states that the photograph portrays socioeconomic inequalities and the “lack of policies for the region showed the fragility of the largest Brazilian state, Amazonas. During the Covid-19 pandemic, only three family members of each victim could attend burials in Manaus cemeteries. An isolated death.”

The jury decided to award the second prize, of 5 thousand patacas, to a photograph by the Portuguese Jorge Meira, entitled “Safe Distance”, taken in July 2020, in Vila Praia de Âncora, after the Portuguese Government’s Covid restrictions enforcement, which envisaged a distance of 1.5 meters between vacationers.

Portuguese Jorge Meira came in second place, with the photo “Safe Distance”, taken in July 2020, in Vila Praia de Âncora, after the lifting of Covid restrictions by the Portuguese Government.

Meanwhile, Dário Paraíso won the third prize, of MOP3,500, with an image of São Tomé, captured at the Bobo Forro Market in 2020. “Waiting”, describes the long-known stop in time of São-Tomé and Príncipe that “after their independence, physical and material structures stopped in time hand in hand with immaterial structures (…) Their meaning was already known. Isolation. Insularity. Distances. Separation.”

Dário Paraíso won the third prize, with an image of São Tomé, captured at the Bobo Forro Market in 2020. “Waiting” describes the stop in time in São-Tomé and Príncipe.

The photographic competition was open to all citizens of Lusophone countries and regions and residents of Macau, with photographs taken in any of these locations: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe , East Timor or Goa, Daman and Diu.

The panel of judges was made up of a group of photojournalists from Macau, Brazil and Portugal, namely Gonçalo Lobo Pinheiro (president of the jury and representative of Somos – ACLP), Rui Miguel Pedrosa; Francisco Ricarte; Marcio Pimenta and Henry Milleo.

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