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-INFORMATION FLOW. We expect that our information reaches the members via Mail, Website news, Association Newsletter, Facebook of the association... It is important for our future to keep all informed and connected. Please contact to your respective board members or person in charge of sending/uploading news in your own association website.

-NEWS FROM YOU ARE WELCOME. We will welcome any news coming from our associations members and will upload to our website and Facebook pages. In some associations there is a person in charge of sending us a brief about their activities.

-FREE WORKSHOP. We offered a free workshop in one of our Hides for conservation. Man and Nature Foundation have special hides for vultures, kites, birds, nocturnal mammals... We will offer again for 2018.

-COMPETITION RULES REVIEW. We send to all delegates our next competition rules to be reviewed. We expect that everyone reviews and proposes changes if necessary.

-MANAGER FOR OUR 2018 PHOTO COMPETITION. We start looking for a volunteer to handle the competition. Our last managers will inform about the schedule and duties.

-LOOKING FOR A CONGRESS HOST. We sent some weeks ago the call to hold our 2018 congress and even a proposal to offer for 2019. No member has still contacted for this matter.

-TECHING ONLINE. As promised we have a new section in our website. First lesson has been uploaded and more are coming.

-NEW MEMBER CONTACTING. A new Slovenian association has contacted IFWP to be informed about steps and duties to become a member.

-VISIONS OF NATURE IN POLAND. Our delegate Dorota Kycia has kindly invited our president of IFWP José B. Ruiz to make a presentation at the festival and to have the chance to know more about the Polish association of Nature Photographers, members and aims. It will take place weekend 17-19 November. We thank very much this chance.


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We are proud to inaugurate the section Teaching in our website. It is a learning method with a great success in Spain and South America. Maybe you will know part of it, but anyhow it is good to review and soon more contents are going to be uploaded, including new articles and composition theories. First lesson is qualities of light. Improve your photography here.

2017 IFWP Photograph of the Year Results

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The online  competition was opened from 1st of May 2017 at zero hour to 10th of June 2017 at midnight.

We had 8 categories covering the subjects and sceneries from the natural world as well as artistic expressions and the relationship between human and nature.

We had the highest prizes ever this year, 3.500 euro.The overall winner in General Edition obtains a reward of 3.000 euro in photographic gear. The winner in Young Edition (born after 1996) will get a reward of 500 euro in photographic gear or books.



We are so grateful to PHOTOPILLS APP as they have sponsored the competition prizes. 



More than 2.000 images have been submitted from 14 countries, being Finland, Poland and Spain the most participative countries. Birds, landscape and artistic are the categories with more pictures presented, more than 300 in each of them. By associations the most participative has been the Finnish Nature Photographers Association, close followed by the Polish Nature Photographers Union ZPFP and also AEFONA from Spain.



Per Finn Nielsen. Denmark.

Chris Gomersall. UK.

Clay Bolt. USA.



We had two dedicated volunteers to manage the competition, Maruchi and Vicente,who have done a GREAT JOB. Without their assistance it couldn´t have been done. We all should thank them for this. Those are their words:


“We want to highlight the quality and respect for nature of this competition. We had a high number of entries although it was restricted to IFWP members. From our point of view the quality standard of the submitted images has been very good and so the selecting and judging process has taken a long time, as they reviewed and evaluated all the pictures. Our work as managers has been very much helped by the digital platform Pixall, a tool easy for both, participants and managers, intuitive to control all data and photos, the juries decissions and the real status of the cometition in every stage. The relationship with the juries has been very constant and they have always been at disposal for any request, small difficulties have found a fast solution.

We want to thank the work and keen accesibility of the jury and also the help from José Pesquero as Pixall platform developer.”

Maruchi and Vicente.



We thank José Pesquero and his platform for competitions online Pixall for the great help holding our IFWP 2017 Wildlife Photograph of theYear: 



An indoor exhibition has been produced and will be shown in the 37th IFWP congress in Bocairent, Valencia, Spain.

We have produced an audiovisual with the four finalist per category to be hold in Vimeo and shared. 





C1 – Landscapes. Jyrki Lehto. Autumn colors.

C2 – Birds. Óscar Díez. Shadows in the saline.


C3 – Mammals. Ingrid Vekemans. Baby Gorilla.

C4 – Invertebrates. Roman Korlaga. Sieckolorov.

C5 – Other Animals. Waldemar Gras. Anguis fragilis.

C6 – Vegetation&Fungi. Elisabeth Liljenberg. Forest dweller.

C7 – Artistic&abstract. Hakan Liljenberg. Silouette.

C8 – Human &Nature. Anna Liisa Pirhonen. Fox cub.

Young Edition. Lasse Kurkela. Autumn morning.






2017 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition. Adult Edition:

Óscar Díez. Spain. AEFONA.

Shadows in the saline. Cash prize 3.000 euro.



2017 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition. Young Edition:

Lasse Kurkela. Finland. FNPA Soumen Luonnonvalokuvaajat

Autumn morning. Gear and booksprize 500 euro.


























From our council we congratulate all the participants, the category winners as well as the overall winners.

Call to members to hold the IFWP Congress 2018

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IFWP Congress is one of our classic activities that take place every year. We want 2018 to be another good one to remember. To know more about

In the past 8 years the organizers were:

2010    30th Meeting. Czech Republic, Jeseniky Mountains, September 22-26. Org KFP
2011    31th Meeting. Austria, Tyrol, June 22-26.  Org VTNÖ
2012    32th Meeting. Finland, Kuhmo, June 27-July 1.  Org FNPA
2013    33th Meeting. Poland, Biebrzansky NP, April 24-28.  Org ZPFP
2014    34th Meeting. France, Hauteluce - Savoie, June 18-22.  Org ASCPF
2015    35th Meeting. Spain, La Alberca, Salamanca, April 30-May 03.  Org AEFONA
2016    36th Meeting. Slovakia, Vysoke Tatry Mountains.  Org SAPF.
2017    37th Meeting. Spain, Bocairent, Sierra Mariola Natural Park.  Org AEFONA.

The IFWP Congress takes place in a different country each year, in the area chosen by the organizers, usually in a nature reserve or another place interesting to nature photographers. It is very interesting if the participants have access to wildlife (hides or not), macro possibilities, landscape...

Also we need a presentation room for about 80 people, depending on the organizer´s plan for several lectures and also the IFWP General Assembly Meeting.

For 2018 one possible month to find dates is May, so that there is time enough for the organizers to plan a program. It would be very interesting to have the 2019 congress announced at the end of the next congress.

All associations with more than a year belonging to IFWP interested in holding the congress in their country please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We´ll provide a guide about how to proceed and the needs for the congress.

Workshop "Campanarios de Azaba"

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Dear friends and companions, it is a pleasure to announce you our next workshop for IFWP members in our campaign Hides for Conservation. With stablished fixed prizes for hiring the hides we contribute to their incomes for conservation, helping them to preserve and buy more land.

In this workshop I offer to teach for free and you only pay your expenses straight to the Foundation. There are hides for vultures, kites, genets, martens, birds, foxes...


The plan is to meet at La Alamedilla, Salamanca, Spain. 

Dates:  14 – 17 th December 2017.
Number of participants: 10 photographers.
Where: We meet on 13th december from 19,00 to 20,00 h at La Alamedilla. You can reach the village by a common car and there we pick you with a 4 wheel drive.
Price: 4 days hides, acommodation in double rooms with bathroom inside, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the reserve. Excelent quality. We have a special offer 550 euro per person full workshop, the lowest price ever.

Daily plan: We wake up early, about 8,00 h, have breakfast and distribute in the hides. We spend the morning in the hides and come back to the house for lunch. After lunch you can go for macro and landscape or use any of the bird hides at the reserve. About 19,30 h we have dinner and after we have 1-2 hour teaching.

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37th IFWP Congress 2017

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37th  IFWP  CONGRESS, 2017.

DATES:  21 – 24 September, 2017.
The congress took place in a great companionship ambiance, due to a low participation was a low cost, optimum activities one.
We had 24 participants, as foreign visitors 6 members of Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photographic Group, UK, and 2 from Zwiazek Polskich Fotografow Przyrody, Poland. The rest were AEFONA members and volunteers.
All times it was possible we had lunches and dinners together and, after the first day, moved to the reserve of the Foundation Victoria Laporta for the hides photo opportunities.


THURSDAY 21-IX-2017  Congress room.
Welcoming to the participants from the Authorities of Bocairent, the Major of Bocairent, Mr. Vicente Ferre and the councillor of the environment, Mr. José M. Beneyto. They made our visit very special, with the free street session of the models, the free visits to the town and caves, free congress room, coffee and snacks... we are very gratefull to them.
Welcoming from the organizers, AEFONA and IFWP.
Our president, José B. Ruiz opens the Assembly informing that NO votation is going to be due to the lack of presence and representation from the members.

Updating information to members.
Our president started informing about the begining of the new council, some bureaucratic delays, problems with the website...
Board report.
The report was presented to our members, showing our priority for 2017-2018, the board meeting in Spain some months ago, the works in our website and future improvements, our succeding facebook fanpages, the loss and increase of members, important meetings with GDT board member, the presentation of IFWP at Glanzlichter festival...
We also saw the competition Exhibition, the main prizes and runner up, we had the exhibition printed in good quality and nice size, 40 cm in longer side. Also we have a show with them for our next youtube channel, soon available. We had the highest prizes ever this year, 3.000 euro for the absolute winner and 500 for the Young edition winner. Finally thanks to PHOTOPILLS APP that has sponsored, it will be cash for the adult winner and books for the young winner.
About the congress we thank ASCPF for sending a high class presentation. 
We discussed about the succes of the campaign hides for conservation and next december meeting at Salamanca for the vultures and raptors hides.
About teaching, is a matter of hours that we start in our website and communication tools, thanks to our webmaster Almudena who was in the congress as well as our competition managers Maruchi and Vicente.
To be improved was one of the last subjects we talk about, specially the online Assembly, the increase of consultation to our association members, to shedule activities with more time… Soon you´ll receive the invitation to host our next 38th congress.
The last subject was Economy. We are doing well, we have now more than 5.000 euro and still have some income to arrive.

Report 37th Congress pdf
It was very exciting on thursday afternoon, after having luch alltogether, to have 2 girls models and 1 dancer dressing typical from Bocairent.


Hides and activities.
Hides were the main attraction, plenty of photographers took pictures of the crossbills, the crested tits, the golden eagle, mouflons... We spent full days at the reserve having fun.
Also the nocturnal picture was fun, even the night was not the best one we could learn some techniques.


It was Saturday afternoon that we all met at the congress room for the presentations show. We saw our friends from ASCPF with their stunning selection, AEFONA dynamic nature, and several individual photographers audiovisuals.
After this we went to have diner together to a nice restaurant and we could chat and laugh together.


Some of our guests extended their stay for some days and we did our best to attend them.


ASCPF Audiovisual Presentation for our IFWP Congress

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ASCPF Audiovisual Presentation for our IFWP Congress.

We thank our friends from France for submitting this excelent work plenty of beautiful and inspiring pictures and the good wishes for our congress. In this bit more than ten minutes presentation we will be able to know the faces in charge of the board of ASCPF association and the work of many of their 91 members all over the world. We congratulate ASCPF not only for the work, but also for the excelent quality level of the exhibited pictures. It will be shown in opened audience in the congress room on Saturday 23rd at 18,00 h.
See you soon!!!

Inscription form to 37th IFWP Congress

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Dear all, in AEFONA website there is a new about our congress with the information about the schedule and activities.

For the moment there are some individual photographers that have booked and the group of our British friends from the Cornwall National Trust Photographic Group.
The hides and activities are ready yet with english speaking guides.
You can fill the inscription form here:
Remember also that you can send your association competition audiovisual as well as individual ones.
For any doubt you can contact me or:  Adelina Sánchez
Best Wishes.

Presentations at 37th IFWP Congress 2017

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Dear IFWP members, we will be delighted to know more about your activities and individual members. We have reserved some time in the congress to show individual as well as associations presentations. It can be also the year Competition showing the member´s best works so that we can see the nature of your country as well as the visions and inspirations of your members.
ASSOCIATIONS please send audiovisuals max 15 min in .avi, .mov or .mp4
INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHERS please send audiovisuals max 5 min in .avi .mov or .mp4
We accept via WeTransfer, Dropbox or similar until 18th September.
Send to Adelina Sánchez:
Schedule for proyecting the audiovisuals:
SATURDAY 23-IX-2017  Congress room.
18,00h-20,00 h. Congress room.
Associations and photographers presentations.
Associations max 15 min. Photographers max 5 min.
22,00 – 23,00 h. Congress room.
Associations and photographers presentations.
Associations max 15 min. Photographers max 5 min.


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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.


21 – 24 September, 2017.



Bocairent monumental village, Valencia.



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.




Airport Alicante. 88 km – 1h to Bocairent.

Airport Valencia. 104 km – 1h17 to Bocairent.




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


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.


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.




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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




THURSDAY 21-IX-2017  Congress room


10:00 h. - WELCOMING.

Authorities of Bocairent.

AEFONA welcomes the participants.




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.




  2. Projects, committees and activities 2017
  • Vote on projects.
  1. Budget 2017
  • Vote on budget 2017.




  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.



IFWP Hides for conservation. Helping Foundations with nature photography.

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

Audiovisual. Man and Nature Foundation.





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.


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


Hotel Estació. Tel: 962350000

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


Hotel l’Àgora. Tel: 962355039.

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


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)


Casa rural Gimeno. Tel: 717712373

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


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)


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.)


Casa rural el Canter. Tel: 699328779

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


Casa rural Mirador. Tel: 678575488/645177888

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


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).


Casa rural +Qi. Tel: 699094440

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


Casa rural Bekirent. Tel: 601044446

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


Casa rural Baretta.  Tel: 962905235/678575490

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


Casa Rural Veles e Vents. Tel: 629611889

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

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.)