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New photo competition to showcase Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet – considered World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO last year – has been chosen as the theme for a photography competition by the regional tourism authority (RTA).
The idea is simple – to find and award the pictures that best represent the Mediterranean Diet. As RTA stresses, it could be “a photo of fishermen, fresh produce at local markets” (possibly not with Prime Minister David Cameron pointing at it!), shepherds and their flocks or even just people gathered around the table”. Any other ideas are welcome, as long as they somehow tie in with the theme.
Photos can be up until August 29. To take part, photographers should access www.turismodoalgarve.pt for the entry form. They can upload as many as three pictures. Selected photos will then be shown on the Visit Algarve Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VisitAlgarve), where people can vote for their favourites, posting their thumbs-up ‘likes’.
The ‘likes’ will represent 30% of the final decision – with the remainder left to a jury.
Prizes include a two-night stay for two people at a Luna Hotels & Resorts hotel plus a three-piece art set by ceramics artist Jorge Mealha (first place), a two-night stay at the Pedras D’el Rei resort in Tavira and a ‘free-entrance’ passport for the Algarve’s monuments (second place) and ‘Algarve’ merchandising and a €25 gift card for books published by the regional culture department (third place).
RTA president Desidério Silva said the competition is a way to “promote the region and the Mediterranean Diet on today’s social networks”.