Sponsorship Levels (Standard price)

If you want to market photographic equipment, fine arts printers, computer hardware and software, or services to this industry, Palmela 2011 will be the place to do it. Discount for IVRPA sponsor members Current sponsor members of IVRPA receive a discount of EUR 175.- on sponsorship levels. To sign up for a sponsor membership of IVRPA (USD 300.-/per year), please click here Click here to see the discounted prices for current IVRPA sponsor members Sponsorship opportunities A wide range of vendor and sponsor options are available, from...

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Palmela 2011 — The International Panoramic Photography Festival

Palmela 2011 — The International Panoramic Photography Festival

This summer Palmela, Portugal, will be the world capital of panoramic photography. It is going to be amazing! Panorama photographers will be coming from around the world to this charming village in the vineyard-covered hills south of Lisbon. There will be tutorials, lectures, vendor displays, banquets, receptions, and field trips. Not to mention exhibitions of every sort of panoramic photography art, all over town, all summer long. Palmela 2011 — The Tutorials On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, before the main conference begins, there will be a full...

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Show some love

Show some love

If you want to show some love for this volunteer project, just grab one of the logos on this page and link back to us. The Palmela 2011 team will be very grateful, thank you.

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Palmela Tourism Info

Palmela Tourism Info

The Palmela Municipality Tourism Office prepared this document with useful information about Palmela, what you can expect to see and visit beyond the Palmela 2011 — The International Panoramic Photography Conference. Do not miss the Palmela Village map on page 16 and useful contacts on pages 23 and 24. Download the PDF file here

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Palmela Town Hall by Carlos Chegado

Palmela Town Hall by Carlos Chegado

The Palmela Municipality is a Palmela 2011 — The International Panoramic Photography Festival key partner. Check this 360º interactive image shot of the exterior of the Palmela Town Hall.

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Palmela Castle History

Palmela Castle History

The Palmela Castle has existed since the 8th Century, when it was occupied by the Moors. In 1147 and the first Portuguese King, D. Afonso Henriques conquered the castle from the Moors. Ever since this castle has been an asset of significant geo–strategic value, because of its unique location. Read about the history of the Palmela Castle on a PDF file prepared by the Palmela Municipality History department (Portuguese only): Download the Palmela Castle History file...

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Visit Portugal

Visit Portugal

In case you are planning to come to Palmela 2011 — The International Panoramic Photography Festival and have some spare days before or after the conference to visit a couple places in Portugal, check this promotional video from the Tourism of Portugal for 2011, to get some...

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360º Video goes mainstream: Black Eyed Peas BEP360 APP

360º Video goes mainstream: Black Eyed Peas BEP360 APP

For some of us long time members of the 360º photography and video scene and surely to many IVRPA members, this isn’t a novelty but many young people around the world will just now connect with 360º imaging. This is the kind of imaging that will be featured in the Palmela 2011 — The Conference from June 1–5. We will have talks about 360º video and talks about 360º mobile apps, etc. But for now, enjoy the Black Eyed...

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Cine–Teatro São João Exhibition

Cine–Teatro São João Exhibition

The Cine–Teatro São João will feature in the Foyer, one of the Palmela 2011 — International Panoramic Photography Festival exhibitions. This exhibition will open to the public on June 3 and will close at the end of the festival on August 31. About the Cine–Teatro São João: Opened in 1952, this cultural facility played, for several years, an important role in the cultural life of Palmela, finally closing its doors in 1981. The Municipality of Palmela bought it in 1989 in order to return it to its role as a cultural space and reopened...

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Palmela Municipal Library

Palmela Municipal Library

Located in a former school building, the Library of Palmela has an area of approximately 2000m2. Built in 1990, this is the Central Library and provides a range of services such as a Periodic Sector, a Children/Youth Sector, a Youth/Adult Sector, a Cafeteria, an Exhibition Gallery and a Multipurpose Room. The Palmela Municipal Gallery will be part of the Palmela 2011 — International Panoramic Photography Festival by showcasing a panoramic photography exhibition from June 3 to August 30,...

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Palmela 2011 Conference Venue

Palmela 2011 Conference Venue

The Palmela 2011 Conference Program and Tutorials Program will take place in the Cine–Teatro São João from May 31 to June 5. This historic theater in Palmela was completely renovated in 2010 and provides us with facilities to cover all of our needs during the conference. The use of this venue is only possible due to the generous contribution of the Palmela Municipality, a partner of IVRPA in the Palmela 2011 organization. About the Cine-Teatro São João: Opened in 1952, this cultural facility played, for several years, an important role...

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Serra da Arrábida Flickr stream

Serra da Arrábida Flickr stream

Serra da Arrábida is a Natural Park with unique Mediterranean flora, preserved fauna and an underwater marine reserve that Palmela 2011 attendees will visit during the Panoramic Photo Safari on June 5, part of the Palmela 2011 Conference...

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Palmela Flickr stream

Palmela Flickr stream

Check the Palmela Flickr stream to get an idea of what kind of scenery you will find in the...

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Palmela Castle Flickr stream

Palmela Castle Flickr stream

Check this slide-show generated from the Palmela Castle Flickr stream, now, imagine this place in full panoramic glory ...

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Palmela Castle Pousada – Don’t Worry, we have all the rooms available for conference attendees!

Palmela Castle Pousada – Don’t Worry, we have all the rooms available for conference attendees!

As of today March 1, 2011, the Palmela Castle Pousada and the São Filipe Fortress Pousada in Setúbal are both fully booked with Palmela 2011 attendees, no more rooms available in these hotels during the Palmela 2011 conference week. Starting today March 1, 2011, the IVRPA is making available to Palmela 2011 attendees, another hotel that is conveniently located in Palmela, 10 minutes away from the conference venue and with free bus transfer between the Palmela 2011 venues included for additional convenience. The Palmela Village...

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Call for volunteers to translate Palmela2011.com

While we are hard at work preparing the many Palmela 2011 events, we want to spread the word about it by having the website in more than just one language. This translation work is being carried out by a team of volunteers with the goal of converting the website into their native language. You can help us by volunteering to translate the website into your language. What kind of commitment is involved? The Palmela 2011 website, already has built in, the necessary tools to support additional languages. Each volunteer will receive the necessary...

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How to get here!

How to get here!

You can reach Palmela from anywhere in the world by Plane, Train, Bus or Car. Step 1: Get to the Lisbon Airport As you can see here, the Lisbon International Airport is very well–connected to the rest of the world and will be easy to find a flight from wherever you are to Lisbon. You can check the list of airlines flying to Lisbon. To search for the best flight prices, check Kayak or Expedia, but there are many other options out there. Step 2a: Get a taxi to the Roma/Areeiro Train Station IMPORTANT TIP for getting a taxi at LISBON...

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Useful Contacts

Palmela 2011 Organization: Carlos Chegado: (+351) 966 655 845 Sandra Mexa: (+351) 964 141 847 Willy Kaemena: (+351) 924 254 760 Note: Please take into consideration our timezone (LISBON, GMT), when calling form the other side of the world. Palmela Castle Pousada: Website: www.pousadas.pt Castelo de Palmela 2950-317 Palmela Phone: (+351) 212 351 226 Fax: (+351) 212 330 440 recepcao.palmela@pousadas.pt Palmela Village When arriving at Penalva Fertagus Train Station, call (+351) 210 442 600 for free pickup to the Hotel. Taxi Palmela in case that...

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Request Invite for VISA purposes

Some participants may find that they need a special visa, exit permit, or other papers or permissions to attend the Palmela 2010 conference. We cannot take responsibility for obtaining these papers or permissions but will be glad to assist by providing an official letter describing the conference, organizing association, and your relationship to the conference (attendee, speaker, or exhibitor). If you need this certification you must (1) be a member of the IVRPA, (2) be registered for the conference and have paid the registration fee, (3)...

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Palmela 2011 Twitter Integration

Palmela 2011 Twitter Integration

We just completed the Palmela 2011 Twitter integration: Tweet this post button Follow us on Twitter button on sidebar We are all set, now it’s super–easy to tweet our stuff, just go do it.

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Making the Palmela 2011 Logo

Making the Palmela 2011 Logo

When the IVRPA asked me to design the Palmela 2011 logo—the first IVRPA conference in Portugal—I immediately decided that it needed to represent the Portuguese culture. The first representation that came to my mind was Filigrana—a very special handcraft of gold and silver pieces—traditionally from the north part of the country—Minho. The jewelery pieces are made with thin gold strings that are worked beautifully into different shapes. The most popular are the heart–shaped ornaments that are a part of the traditional garments of...

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Palmela 2011 Conference

Palmela 2011 Conference

We are pleased and excited to announce Palmela 2011 — The Conference as part of Palmela 2011 — The International Panoramic Photography Festival. It will be held in Palmela, Portugal, June 1–5, 2011, and presented by the IVRPA (International VR Photography Association). We hope to make this the best and biggest panoramic photography conference ever to take place in Europe, bringing together everyone interested in any form of panoramic imaging. There will be four days of conference talks, a large panoramic photography exhibition program...

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Palmela 2011 Tutorials

Palmela 2011 Tutorials

A special hands–on tutorials program has been scheduled to take place during the conference. It will provide training in photographing and producing digital panoramas for beginners to intermediate. VR professionals coordinated by Pat Swovelin from Los Angeles will lead small groups in short photo sessions and conducting hands–on computer classes with step–by–step techniques to produce and deliver great VR photography images. Vendors will be on hand to assist with hardware and software, they may provide evaluation units for trial, as...

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Palmela 2011 Exhibitions

Palmela 2011 Exhibitions

During the Palmela 2011 — International Panoramic Photography Conference, a large Panoramic Exhibitions program will take place in partnership with the Palmela Municipality. The goal of this program is to bring panoramic photography art closer to the people. These panoramic exhibitions will be open throughout the 2011 summer, giving everyone, locals and tourists alike, a chance to visit them and experience great Panoramic Photography from renowned panoramic photographers from around the world. The Palmela 2011 team is currently working on...

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Palmela 2011 Hotel

Palmela 2011 Hotel

As of today March 1, 2011, the Palmela Castle Pousada and the São Filipe Fortress Pousada in Setúbal are both fully booked with Palmela 2011 attendees, no more rooms available in these hotels during the Palmela 2011 conference week. Starting today March 1, 2011, the IVRPA is making available to Palmela 2011 attendees, another hotel that is conveniently located in Palmela, 10 minutes away from the conference venue and with free bus transfer between the Palmela 2011 venues included for additional convenience. The Palmela Village...

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Palmela 2011 Location

Palmela 2011 Location

Palmela is a charming small town centered around a fortified castle at an altitude of 378 meters at the edge of the Arrábida mountain range, 40km south of Lisbon and 10km north of Setúbal. It’s a semi–rural town, right in the middle of Portugal’s biggest urban area. Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques, captured Palmela from the Moors in the mid-12th Century after a surprise attack on the King of Badajoz. Its past strategic importance is evident given that the views from here are astounding, taking in vast expanses of...

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Palmela Old Town Panoramic view by Carlos Chegado

Palmela Old Town Panoramic view by Carlos Chegado

Palmela Old Town Panoramic view by Carlos...

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Palmela, beautiful scenery, strong traditions, fantastic people…

Palmela, beautiful scenery, strong traditions, fantastic people…

Palmela, beautiful scenery, strong traditions, fantastic people…, courtesy of the Palmela...

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Serra da Arrábida view by AMR Setúbal

Serra da Arrábida view by AMR Setúbal

Enjoy this bird’s eye view across the Palmela region and Serra da Arrábida by AMR Setúbal:

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The Palmela Castle

The Palmela Castle

You cannot come to Palmela without a visit to the famous Palmela Castle. Originally a Moorish stronghold, with magnificent views, situated on a spur of the Serra da Arrabida, the castle was constructed following the reconquest in the 12th Century and remains a solid example of fine military architecture of the time. A monastery was also added to house the faithful of the Order of Santiago, and it is this part that has been painstakingly transformed into possibly Portugal’s most desirable pousada (inn). The Palmela Castle was built on the...

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