Four of our members were awarded, in different categories in Moscow International Photo Awards :
2nd Prize in Editorial : Environmental Issues
Plastic bags are part of the landscape of the Bolivian Altiplano. The accumulation of plastic bags on the environment cause deterioration of the landscapes and agriculture soils and it is associated to the death of domestic and wild animals. The world consumes 1 million every minute, but the all useful plastic bag as become the main source of pollution worldwide. Since most of the plastic isn’t biodegradable and it is a durable material it can last for hundreds of years in the environment. Plastic Trees series was made to call for the attention on this problem, focusing on the spreading of the plastic bags on the Bolivian Altiplano, where millions of bags travel with the wind until they got entangled in native bushes, damaging the beautiful landscapes.
6 honorable mentions
Category : Pets, Professional
“Physiotherapy Center for animals”
Could be this work on a hotel with a thousand attractions, which let their dogs and cats comfortable while you enjoying a deserved day of rest? Yes, it could be, but it was not the same. In Quinta Monte dos Vendavais this strength is led by veterinarian Patricia Duarte, along with physical therapy assistent Alda Malveiro who welcomes dogs referenced by veterinarians or by the simple option of the owners, who these days are more aware and alert to the well being of their animals.
Cats, here, not see them. Not because they are not able to receive them, but because it is not frequent. Free way, then, for dogs that suffer accidents and carry with them a number of ailments, to those where the lack of physical exercise maximizes the obesity problems, as well as those in old age. These are the main reasons that lead people to seek this farm, established in 1984 by Orlando Almeida, and that has this service in the field of physiotherapy and physical Animal Rehabilitation since 2004.
In the division intended for center services we find the appropriate conditions for the clinical specificity of each animal. On one side is the part connected to the hydrotherapy, consisting of pool and underwater treadmill equipped with heated water. The equipment is indifferent to some, who exercise with the confident air of one who does every day and that it is something for babies but for others, are scary, what is perceived by the look that denounces the uneasiness of movements or by audible barking.
Regardless of the state of mind, nothing else matters than the rapid and full recovery. If the end of each exercise brings a biscuit, then, it was worth it. In one of these moments, between words and gentle gestures that seek to convey reassurance to animals to the proper development of exercise, Patricia, who has 16 years of occupation – three of them on the farm – tells us that the “work in water is excellent because it does not lead to stress on the joints, allowing an exercise without pain. ” The thesis is proven in time. Slow but steady pace, the pit bull Onyx shows how.
On the other side are concentrated spaces for exercise, massage and electro-stimulation. On one wall are affixed photographs of so-called “dog house” or of those who attended the space, appearing as an incentive to the dogs, and why not also to the owners also, that the work is practiced there and the investment made effectively serve to improve the quality of life of animals.
At the end, after another session, the routine always starts with revigorating bath. More relaxed, it is time to dry the dog’s fur. The warm wind of the dryer machine leaves them ready for another. In this process, the empathy between dog and employee provides for more than once an unexpected lick in gratitude. Stroked his head and comforted mind, now its time for goodbyes and return home. One of the phrases that Patricia keeps in mind was told when in the end of a successful treatment, a man gave a sense “thanks for everything that you did for us.” “The ‘us’ may be lame, but it’s very rewarding,” as confiding the veterinarian.
Now it’s time to sweep away the clumps of fur, wash the floor, put wet towels in the the laundry basket, extend the life jackets, clean the glass of the rectangular unit which is the water treadmill, and cover the pool. Get everything ready. Until next lick.
Category : Children, Professional
“Summer holiday camp for rare children”
The House of Marcos (Casa dos Marcos) is the largest project of Raríssimas.
Located in Moita, outskirts of Lisbon. Imagined by Marcos, a rare boy who once drew a little yellow house, the project of the House of Marcos was thought to detail to meet the specific needs of all others “Marcos” of our country.
The House of Marcos, the first Resource Centre for Rare Diseases in Portugal, was thought to offer a necessary and hitherto non-existent response, despite the National Network of Reference Centres have been considered a priority in the National Programme for Rare Diseases in 2008 and the recognition of patients with rare disease as a vulnerable group.
The House of Marcos has a care model pioneered in Portugal and Europe, integrating social and health functions in a single building, fully accessible to people with disabilities. In the social valences, Casa dos Marcos has an Occupational Activity Center, a Home Residential and an autonomous residence.
The know-how accumulated over the last three years of daily activity, working exclusively with people with rare disease and health professional teams mainly dedicated to the diagnosis, intervention and monitoring of rare diseases, Raríssimas understand meet the conditions to act at a level of excellence, provided the necessary means guaranteed.
This reportage is about a summer camp for two weeks performed specially for rare children.
Category : Children, Professional
We stumble. We pack. We return to stumble, we go back to pack. Sometimes we stumble but do not even care. Before we know it, every day we stumble and pack up, again and again, parts of stories of love and wonderful imaginary trips.
In them, the power of fantasy and endless dreams, live scattered over the entire house. They come from any supermarket shelf or high street store and immediately become part of everyday life of a child. Discovered by tearing the wrapping paper or simply when given in hand , they come to life. Some have been given a name, others have come with one. Some will be treated well, others less so. Dolls that will delight any child.
Together they will make a sucessful team by creating love stories, friendship, monsters, pirates and happy marriages forever. Current adaptations to future experiences in a present under construction. There is no bedroom, living room, bathroom or kitchen that wont received these pieces of life.
No matter the warnings that parents do, in a gentle or rougher way, however songs imported from school it never seems to work, nothing will make them stay in order. But what does it matter? nothing will make a house more beautiful than decorated with dolls and toys all together gathered with children sharing the same rest, when the evening runs long and quiet.
These are suspended stories that will be resumed in the morning after. As much as parents do not want – because the time and rush to get to work doesn´t allow it – It is impossible not to have them side by side when they dress, when they take breakfast or when they wash their teeth.
Some parents are lucky enough to take them to school. Those who stay in the empty house until they return, wait religiously to see them come back. These days are very much the same, similar to a gif in constant loop – Days that will turn into nostalgia, that will soon fly away; in a time that made them play and imagine a different world, a world which will soon be of their own…
Category : Portrait_P, Professional
The National Pajama Day is an educational and supportive day made by children who help other children.
On this day, children up to 10 years (this year 2015 it was extended to children in the 1st cycle), in schools and institutions, from all over the country come dressed in pajamas to school and spend the day in educational and fun activities until returning home.
The National Pajama Day is held on 20 November each year in Portugal. In previous weeks, the teachers and the educators can also arrange in the classroom with children and families, a set of fun and educational activities proposed by the Mission Pajama.
This is a day when young children remember annually everyone that “a child has the right to grow up in a family.”
Category : Photo Essay, Professional
Compress the trash to be born again. Until the midlle 90s in Portugal, the management of municipal waste was little more than collect and deposit the waste in several landfills around the country. After this period new environmental policies came and with that policies new ways of processing different forms of municipal waste. Once the waste leaves the portuguese homes, it is recycling companies who are in charged to treat the following steps, from receipt, transporting and sorting to processing and recycling. On World Environment Day, which is celebrated 5th of June, we visited recycling backstage and discovered how much trash can occupy little space. The effect of the waste crushed and pressed is so unexpected that the waste treatment becomes a sort of guessing game where you have to look carefully to find out what’s what.
Category and Expertise: sports, Professional
“After the finish line”
Athletes expressions after reaching the finish line at Lisbon’s Half Marathon that took place on October 18th.The competition was won by Beatrice Mutai from Kenya in women competition and Nguse Amlosom from Eritrea in men’s. – Reaching the finish line is a mirage for many. The 21,1 Km (about 13 miles) of the Half Marathon are a challenge for most. When achieved, the dream of completing the distance transforms into emotions, expressions, sweat into tears, dedications and exultation. To overcome one self is the goal
This phenomenon was extremely important for Portugal sociocultural, because beyond our contibutions brought by immigrants to their homelands, was forever changed French genealogy, where today you can usually find family names of Portuguese origin, fruit of generations of pioneer heritage.
This work aims to rescue a visual memory alive, through testimonies of people who were part of this history, and the specific locations used for crossing the border, related to Vila Nova de Cerveira. The same was performed on a medium format camera 6×6 film analog and ISO 3200 sensitivity.
Tombwa is the coastal town further south of Angola . Was inhabited mainly by fishermen from Portugal , during the Portuguese occupation in Angola , which ended in 1974. After the departure of the last settlers who planted casuarinas to stop desert encroachment , nature has taken care of outside the city , having begun to swallow the first part of the town cemeteries.
Category : General News, Family, Professional
In Angola’s Namibe desert, at Giraul, in the Namibe province, Tchikuteny, from the Mucubal tribe, is the leader of a big family, maybe the biggest family in the world.
He is the chief leader, the manager and responsible for the entire village.
In his village, Tchikuteny lives nowadays with most of his big family, his 33 wives, that were once 43, but 10 left the village, and most of their descendants.
Tchikuteny maintains the registry of all the new-borns, totalizing 154 sons, and his grandsons, that are around 60. Nowadays, 4 new babies are on the way, and 3 great grand children were born recently.
Huge harmony, love and respect transpire in the village atmosphere. The sense of a community is the pillar of their sustainability and sustenance and their autonomy depends prominently on cattle and agriculture that is made by the villagers. Nevertheless, Tchikuteny village is in close connection with their surrounding communities. Children attend Giraul School and there is proximity and relations with the extended family that lives in the surroundings.
Being the spiritual leader of the community, Tchikuteny is also responsible for the weekly religious works that happens in the village church.
This big family opened his doors to share with us their daily lives.
“For the right of having a home”
Isidoro is located in a steep topography area. The region isn’t attended by public services like water and electric power supply, streets pavement and sidewalks, among others. As the streets are made of clay, in the rainy season, the streets become of a path of mud, making the traffic in some areas complicated for both: people and vehicles. In the dry season, the dust of clay spreads in the air entering houses and shacks, what makes increase the cases of respiratory diseases and allergies, especially in children.