The Festival Encontros da Imagem celebrates this year 30 years of existence. With its first edition held in 1987 and despite it has started from an old Association linked to the practice of amateur photography and film, the project Encontros da Imagem has been gradually taking shape, resetting itself progressively, to adapt to the aesthetic and formal developments of creative and contemporary photography, not forgetting classic authors.
Every year, during the months of September and October, the Festival Encontros da Imagem occupy many different historical buildings, museums and galleries. In these various spaces, a wide public has the opportunity to watch numerous exhibitions, organised in various themes.
After twenty-six editions and 30 years, the Festival Encontros da Imagem became nowadays an almost unique reference of the photographic culture in Portugal, and has reached a prominent position in the international panorama, being currently one of the oldest and renowned photography festivals in Europe.