MIJAS’ Council is sifting through the 1,700 photos submitted by the town’s 256 budding photographers who participated in this year’s Enfoca Mijas competition.
The contest, which is in its ninth year, sees a jury made up of professionals, including Juan Miguel Cervera and Pepe Arias, determine the winner, who will be announced at an awards ceremony on 30 June at the Town Hall. Also on the jury is the president of New Approach Mijas, Maria Marquez, and two technicians from the council’s Department of Culture.
Councilor of Culture, Fuensanta Lima, has visited the jury to thank them personally for their involvement in selecting the winning photographs. She commented, “we are very pleased with the high turnout for this year which saw over 250 photographers filling the town’s streets on 4 June,” a day, “which had a particularly good atmosphere as it coincided with the celebration of the XVII Pinta and the X Classical Motorcycle Show.”
The awards ceremony will start at 8pm, where four first will be handed out, each worth €200. In addition a prize of a work by Jesus Jaime Mota will be given for by Galeria Fotoart, as well as another award from the New Approach Association, which will take the form of a work by one of its members. A final prize will be given by the Saal Digital photo lab, consisting of materials and products worth €100.
Ms Lima thanked, “the jury for carrying out their work so selflessly,” adding, “we must remember this contest has become well-known not just in the province but also on an Andalucian level, so the jurors have a more complicated job each year given the quality of the works submitted.”
After the awards ceremony, an exhibition of 30 works will be opened in the Patio de Las Fuentes in the Town Hall. The council say they want to encourage “all participants to attend the ceremony where we will recognise the work of these photographers, and after which we can enjoy an exhibition showing the quality of work we have received.”
The jury: sift through entries to find the best photographs