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.)


37th IFWP Congress

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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!
We are proud to welcome you to the beautiful historical town of Bocairent for 4 days (Thursday-Sunday) of exciting nature photography activities. We are sorry that you are given this invitation on such short notice but this is due to the time it’s taken to assemble and make functional the new IFWP Board. We will certainly remedy this for the Congress in 2018. 
Very soon we will announce the full program for the IFWP Congress of 2017 and open the registration page at along with all required information associated with your visit; how to get to Bocairent from Alicante or Valencia airport, activities, work-shops, seminars, guided tours, General Assembly contents and the announcement of the winners of the IFWP nature photography competition.
The IFWP Congress registration fee is 15 euro which includes a common dinner on Saturday night, guided tours, access to the nature reserve and monuments, nocturnal workshops etc. Hide fees are 30 euro per person and day. For more info about the hides see:
Bocairent is a monumental village with about 4.000 inhabitants, with plenty of historical buildings and beautiful mountainous surroundings. Very close we have our hides of the Victoria Laporta Carbonell Foundation (for birds - including golden eagle and vultures - mufflon sheep, wild boar etc.), beautiful landscapes, enormous trees for nocturnal shots and nice habitats for insects and biodiverse flora. 
Photo taken at the hides of the Fundación Victoria Laporta

Board Meeting August 2017

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On the first days of August part of our board met in Alicante. We thank Victoria Laporta Foundation and Vicent Ferri for the use of the hides in part of he day. The board members Anita Campbell (Secretary), Pal Hermansen (Vice-president) and José B. Ruiz (President) reviewed the first 6 months of the new board, discussed and agreed about activities and future plans, and visited the room and councillor of Bocairent, in the province of Valencia, where our next congress in taking place. One of the most needed results is the implication of our members to make IFWP well known between their associates and also the benefits of being member, as the use of the hides in the program Hides for Conservation. It is becoming necessary to have a link and a brief about our Federation in every website of our members.



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Once the contest is closed, we are happy and grateful for the registered participation. More than two thousand pictures have been uploaded in all categories. Exactly two thousand and eleven photographs (2011) have been submitted to the contest in its eight categories.

By Associations, the Finnish Nature Photographers Association and the Polish one (ZPFP), have contributed with thirty four (34) competitors each. After them, the Spanish (AEFONA) with twenty three (23) and the Belgian (BVNF) with sixteen (16). The other member Associations have allocated the rest of participants, forty six (46) up to one hundred and three (153) photographers from thirteen (13) Associations and fifteen (15) nationalities.

The jury of the contest have already begun the first phase of the selection and we look forward to hearing the results of their deliberations.

Congratulations to all the members for the high participation and good luck!


IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition

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You can win a prize of 3.000€ in photographic gear in the General Edition. Young photographers can get a reward of 500€ in photographic gear or books in Young Edition (born after 1996).

The competition is open from 1st of May 2017 at zero hour to 10th of June 2017 at midnight to all participants officially registered in an IFWP association at the date of entry.

It is an online competition, the participants shall find the rules, select and upload their images in this site:

IFWP Pixall

All uploaded images must have been taken after 10th of June 2013 at midnight and the categories are:

C1 - Landscapes

C2 - Birds

C3 - Mammals

C4 - Invertebrates

C5 - Other animals

C6 - Vegetation and Fungi

C7 - Artistic and Abstract

C8 - Human and Nature

The Competition Managers of 2017 IFWP Photograph of the Year are a very compromised couple, AEFONA members, both nature photographers: Maruchi Morillo and Vicente González: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., this adress will be used to call for the original of the select photos. Add it to your contacts list to make sure you receive our emails without delay.


Newsletter IFWP

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Dear friends and companions, it is our pleasure to send you an IFWP newsletter again.

We expect from you, delegates, to make sure that our information reaches your 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 associations.

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.

We have had some problems with our website. Our team has been solving them for some days. Our website is based in Joomla, not easy to find experts. Now is working fine. We are updating contents step by step.

  • Clubs welcome. We are very happy to welcome back ZPFP the Polish Association of Nature Photographers and to welcome a new one, AFEP, Pure State Photography Association, from Asturias Spain. We have more clubs about to come, just complimenting our requests.
  • Competition. It is planned to start in 1st May 2017 and end by 10th June 2017. Our rules have been reviewed and approved by the council, the categories extended to 8, the prizes highly improved and we are contacting the jury members and the manager of the competition. Very soon it will be announced and linked in our website and Pixall platform.
  • Congress. Expected to be at the end of September. We are still expecting some proposals of associations members to organize it.
  • Facebook pages. Thanks to Dirk Cleiren from Belgium (BVNF) we have now three Facebook pages, one more focused to spread our news from the website, another more participative for members sharing and one for the conservation group activities.           

       Fanpage IFWP

       Facebook Group IFWP Meetings

       Fanpage IFWP Conservaton

  • Teaching. Very soon we start to upload photographic lessons in our website. This is a free service to support all those photographers getting started and also those who want to keep growing. Is importatnt that this information reaches to all our individual members, who are the final users of the project.
  • Conservation. We start a new project called “Agreements for Conservation”. It has our council approval and is opened to all members for cooperation.
    The idea is to make special agreements with conservation Foundations and associations that own land in order to build hides and allow them to get income from our photographers. The requests are:
           - Land owned or managed by conservation initiatives.
           - They have to manage all permissions for photographing wildlife.
           - With stablished fixed prizes for the hides hiring we contribute to their incomes for conservation, helping them to preserve, buy more land...
           - Promote nature photography.
           - Promote the use between our members.
           - Special fees, conditions and discounts for our members.

    We are starting with Victoria Laporta Foundation, in Alicante, Spain. Soon there will be a complete article about species, hides, how to get there... Some of our     members from several countries have tried already the hides as they were in Alicante for holidays: Fundación Victoria Laporta


We hope this mail finds everyone ok. Best Wishes.