Algarve is photogenic

algarve chimney and blue sky

Algarve is a real favourite for photographers. The region offers an abundance of subject matter and the air is so clear – plus of course, it’s a great place to relax.

For visitors using their phones, documenting a holiday can be great fun. And for those that take photography a little more seriously, enjoying it as a hobby or as their profession, the Algarve is the place to extend their portfolio.

A winner in last year’s World Press Photo Contest was Portuguese Nuno André Ferreira, who came third in the category Local News, see here for more information. And check out Nuno’s Instagram page where you may find inspiration.

For those spending time in the Algarve and would like to seek out like-minded people, the multi-national Algarve Photographers Group meet regularly and arrange “field” events and of course exhibitions of their work.

Over the next few weeks take the opportunity to visit one, or all, photographic exhibitions. Gain inspiration and see how the Algarve has been captured from another’s point of view.


The Algarve’s chimneys are a favourite subject for photographers and Filipe da Palma is currently showing his exhibition highlighting them at Palácio Gama Lobo.

Open until March 31, the exhibition also includes chimney miniatures created by Loulé-born potter Eduardo Jacinto dos Santos.


Swedish photographer Ralph Torgardh, who retired to Portugal six years ago,  is holding an exhibition at Escola de Artes de Lagoa until April 21.

Entitled Light of the Senses, Ralph explores photographically how light affects our senses and has chosen to show his images in black and white.

Admission is free and opening hours are 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm.


An exhibition at Portimão’s Museum is showing the winners of the 21st Photography Race (Corrida Fotográfica) Special Edition – Hope. For more information about the competition click here.

Open until April 24 admission if €3 each, with a 50% discount for over 65s and 16-25 years.


LocalARTE is a project for local artists, including photographers, and currently has an exhibition showing works submitted.

Open until March 19 at Lagos’ cultural centre, click here for information, entry is free and opening hours are from 10am until 6pm, Thursday to Saturday.

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