Encontros da Imagem were born in 1987 from an old association linked to the practices of photography and amateur cinema. Over the twenty-five editions, the idea of the Festival Encontros da Imagem took shape, resetting itself progressively to adapt to the aesthetic and formal development of creative photography, which is the central subject of the Festival.
Every year during the month of September, Encontros da Imagem occupies many historic buildings, museums and galleries. In these different spaces, a wide audience has at its disposal about 15 exhibitions mostly related to the central theme of each issue. In recent editions, the Festival has been taking back the concept of public art galleries, every year there are projection nights to show the selection of finalist authors of the Open Call and a Photobook market.