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37th  IFWP  CONGRESS, 2017. HOSTED BY AEFONA, IN BOCAIRENT, VALENCIA, SPAIN.

 

Welcome to the 37th IFWP Congress 2017 in Bocairent, Valencia, Spain, September 21-24, this year organized by the Spanish nature photography association AEFONA!

 

Please note that we had no offer to organize the congress from our members and finally we asked in short term AEFONA to organize it.



DATES:  

21 – 24 September, 2017.

 

WHERE:  

Bocairent monumental village, Valencia.

 

FLYING TO OUR CONGRESS:

We recommend you Alicante or Valencia airport and hiring a car to drive to Bocairent on Wednesday the 20th September. The congress Assembly and activities start on Thursday, the 21st. If you arrive in daylight, take a walk along the town and surroundings, it is safe and peaceful.

 

CLOSEST AIRPORTS TO BOCAIRENT, VALENCIA:

 

Airport Alicante. 88 km – 1h to Bocairent.

Airport Valencia. 104 km – 1h17 to Bocairent.

 

CAR HIRE AT THE AIRPORT

 

For few more than 20 euro/day you can hire a car at the airport. Similar prices in both airports.

https://www.sixt.es/alquiler-coches/espana/alicante/alicante-aeropuerto



CONGRESS ROOM:

We have a projection room where our new exhibition from the 2017 competition will be available. We will meet there on 21st at 10,00 h for our General Assembly and all the presentations will take place there. There is place for 100 participants but if we are much more we can move to the theatre with 300 pax as plan B.

 

This is our meeting point for Thursday the 21st at 10,00 h.

Meeting Point: Radio Bocairent (Google Maps)

 

It is the same building that Radio Bocairent but at street level. The name of the street is Diputat Castelló, 46880, Bocairente, Valencia.

We have also a small Bar inside for drinks and chating.



ORGANIZATION:  

As Bocairent is a small, charming town, lodging is not in a huge hotel, but in small hotels, houses, rooms... The way we do it this year is that every group or person makes own reservations of accommodation depending on everyone´s budget. Proposals are of all prices in the list below. For meals is the same, although we will find a place to have meals together, you can either do on your own way to discover the village corners, or come with the group and pay your consumption.

The payment of the congress fee, 15 euro, covers the Saturday night dinner together to say goodbye to all friends and participants.

For any doubt you can contact:  Adelina Sánchez  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



ACTIVITIES:

 

HIDES:

A private land dedicated to conservation owned by a Foundation. With our congress we are helping financing their conservation and formation activities. The place has plenty of photo hides for different species built by professionals.

Cost of daily use of a hide is 30 euro per person but eagle and vultures hides which is 100 euro.

Hides reservation to be done after our general Assembly on Thursday 21st.

 

Hides for wildlife are...

-Mouflons 1.- Big wooden hide with spy glass. For 5 photographers. Place where the mouflons and some other animals use to go to feed and rest.  

-Mouflons 2.- Material hide with spy glass. For 2 photographers. Place for mouflons and possibilities of wild boars by night. Birds also as Partridges, Turtle doves...

-Small birds perching.- Wooden hide with spy glass. For 2 photographers. Easily 14 species a day including crested tit, crossbills, rock bunting...

-Birds with reflection.- Material hide with spy glass. For 2 photographers. Big water surface for reflections. Easily 12 species a day. Possibility of big surprises like wood pigeon, sparrow hawk...

-High speed feeder. Material hide. 1 camera with flashes and infrared beamer. At least 4 species: Robin, crested tit, big tit, coal tit...

-Bush hide. Material hide with spy glass. For 2 photographers. Specially for warblers and small birds from dry habitats.

-Eagle hide. Wooden hide with spy glass. For 1 photographer. Usually 2 golden eagles, couple. Very successful hide. Possibilities of more species unexpected.

-Vultures hide. Material hide with spy glass. For 2 photographers. Very successful hide. Possibilities of more species unexpected, usually eagles.

-Nocturnal fototrap for Genet. 3 sceneries. Cameras and flashes left all night.

 

MACRO:

Lots of macro possibilities just walking around the reserve in different habitats like bushes, old pine tree forests, cultivation fields, dragonflies and amphibians in huge pond... There are bee-hives also.

 

LANDSCAPE:

1.- Cava Arquejada. Minibus to reach the ancient dwell to store snow. Magnificent landscapes from a mountain and ancient human activity. Nocturnal workshop.

2.- Toll Blau. Small river and cascades very close to Bocairent. Short drive to Ull de Canals Information Centre and 700 m walk. Waterfalls and stream landscapes.

 

CULTURAL VISITS:

1.- Covetes dels moros (Caves of the moorish). Guided tour to caves in a rocky mountain where once were hidden people, food, goods. A labyrinth carved in the rock of tunnels and chambers from the X Century.

 

2.- Village tour. Guided walk through streets, squares and main buildings of this historical village.

 

2017 PHOTO COMPETITION:

Photo Exhibition in the projection room. Audiovisual with the finalist and awarded photos.

Ceremony of Awards where winners are revealed and few days later we communicate to the authors by email. We offer diplomas to those in the first position of each category.

 

FULL SCHEDULE:

 

THURSDAY 21-IX-2017  Congress room

 

10:00 h. - WELCOMING.

Authorities of Bocairent.

AEFONA welcomes the participants.

VICTORIA LAPORTA FOUNDATION welcome.

 

10:30 h. - GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Signing the Assembly presence sheet.

Election of President, Secretary and scrutinizer of the General Assembly.

Determine the number of Members Present or Represented.

Determine Quorum and Majority.

 

  1. Vote on the Minutes of last year’s General Assembly.
  2. Vote on President’s report 2016.
  3. Vote on Financial report 2016.

 

Break

 

  1. IFWP NEW BOARD REPORT
  2. Projects, committees and activities 2017
  • Vote on projects.
  1. Budget 2017
  • Vote on budget 2017.

 

Break

 

  1. Plans and budget for 2018.
  2. Question round
  3. Closing

 

13:00 h. - LUNCH TIME

 

14:00 h. -  PORTRAITS. Street photography and two models dressing fantasy from the typical villages´s parties.

 

17:00 h. - PRESENTATIONS

IFWP Hides for conservation. Helping Foundations with nature photography.

Audiovisual and presentation. Victoria Laporta Foundation. Advices for the hides.

Audiovisual. Man and Nature Foundation.

 

Break.

 

18:30 h. - PRESENTATIONS

Activities at the congress:  Macro. Landscape. Nocturnal. Cultural Visits.

Advices and development of the activities.

 

20:00 h. - DINNER



FRIDAY 22-IX-2017  Congress room

 

06:30 - 13:00 h. - Depart to hides and macro. Foundation Reserve. (Sunrise: 7:49 h.)

08:15 - 13:00 h. - Depart to Moorish Caves and town tour.

 

14:00 h. - LUNCH TIME

 

16:00 - 20:00 h. - Depart to hides and macro. Foundation Reserve.

17:00 - 02:00 h. - Depart Cava Arquejada. Minibus to reach the ancient dwell to store snow. Magnificent landscapes from a mountain and ancient human activity. Nocturnal workshop.

20:00 - 02:00 h. - Hide participants depart to Cava Arquejada. Minibus to reach the ancient dwell to store snow. Magnificent landscapes from a mountain and ancient human activity. Nocturnal workshop. From the reserve.

22.00 h. DINNER ON LOCATION. Please bring something for dinner, sandwiches, drinks...



SATURDAY 23-IX-2017  Congress room

 

06:30 - 13:00 h. - Depart to hides and macro. Foundation Reserve.

06:45 - 13:00 h. - Depart to Toll Blau stream.

 

14.00 h. - LUNCH TIME

 

17:00 h. Congress room.

IFWP 2017 Photo Competition. Winners and finalists. Diplomas and audiovisual.

 

18:00h. Congress room.

Associations and photographers presentations.

Associations max 15 min. Photographers max 5 min.

 

20:00 h. GROUP DINNER. Paid at the reservation fee.

 

22:00 - 23:00 h. Congress room.

Associations and photographers presentations.

Associations max 15 min. Photographers max 5 min.



SUNDAY 22-IX-2017  Congress room

 

06:30 - 13:00 h. - Depart to hides and macro. Foundation Reserve.

08:15 - 13:00 h. - Depart to Moorish Caves and town tour.

 

14:00 h. - LUNCH TIME. End of the congress.



GIFTS:

A surprise gift for everyone in the congress and a special one for our foreign visitors, AEFONA Photo Book.



WHERE TO FIND ACCOMMODATION IN BOCAIRENT VILLAGE:

Hotel Estació. Tel: 962350000

(Beautiful place very well located. 13 rooms, Around 70 euro person/day)

www.hotelestacio.com

 

Hotel l’Àgora. Tel: 962355039.

(Small hotel in a luxury house. 8 rooms. 50 euro person/day)

www.lagorahotel.com

 

Casa rural la llar de Laura. Tel639520916.

(House to rent for small groups until 6 person. It can be very cheap, around 25 euro person/day)

www.lallardelaura.com

 

Casa rural Gimeno. Tel: 717712373

(House for small groups in historical center. It can be very cheap, around 15 euro person/day)

www.casagimeno.net

 

Casa rural Mon Mossen. Tel: 654113225

(Amazing house for small groups in historical center, with some caves reformed as rooms. It can be very cheap, around 15 euro person/day)

www.monmossen.com

 

Casa rural Sant Vicent. Tel: 660736774

(Very nice house with 6 double rooms at the main square of the town. Variety of prices, to be consulted.)

www.santvicent.com

 

Casa rural el Canter. Tel: 699328779

(House with rooms at the old town. Around 20 euro person/day)

www.elcanter.es

 

Casa rural Mirador. Tel: 678575488/645177888

(Charming house, well located. 25-55 euro person/day)

www.casaruralmirador.es

 

Zona de acampada Villa Carmen. Tel: 650202156

(Camping area close to the town for tents, caravans and rooms. From 50 euro double room per day).

www.zonadeacampada.es

 

Casa rural +Qi. Tel: 699094440

(The energy house, very special, peaceful and located in natural surroundings. From 100 euro person/day)

www.masqi.es

 

Casa rural Bekirent. Tel: 601044446

(House from 4-12 person. Around 20 euro person/day).

www.casaruralbekirent.es

 

Casa rural Baretta.  Tel: 962905235/678575490

(House with apartments and rooms. 25-15 euro person/day)

www.baretta.info

 

Casa Rural Veles e Vents. Tel: 629611889

(Beautiful house with 3 double rooms, very well located)

www.velesevents.net




Recommended for extra days in the area, closer to the natural reserve but not in the village of Bocairent:

 

Masía la Safranera. Tel: 639 681 717.

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Youth hostel Ull de Canals. Tel: 96 556 65 31/ 619 856 179 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Casa Menchu. Tel: 637 043 898

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Casa Bons Aires. Tel: 660 666 768

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Masia el Parral. Tel: 676470062

(A huge ancient typical house with horses, natural surroundings... 12 km from the village of Bocairent, where the congress takes place.)

www.masiaelparral.com