Is it a sea of olive trees or a gnarled centenarian standing solo? Olives drenched in morning dew or beckoning from a ceramic bowl? A gush of new season oil at the mill or a golden-green splash caught mid-air in the kitchen?

Whatever your best photos related to the olive tree, olive oil or table olives, Olimerca, a leading Spanish olive oil publication, invites you to participate in the inaugural “Aristeo” International Photography Competition.

Based on a slogan which translates as “The olive tree, source of health and wealth”, the Olimerca contest carries total prize money of €1,900 ($2,575).


Madrid-based Nieves Ortega, editor of Olimerca, said the competition is aimed at reflecting the magazine’s ethos of promoting a spirit of participation and diversity of opinion and an opportunity for people to learn more about the world of olives and olive oil. It is named after the Greek god Aristeo (Aristaeus in English), the son of Apollo and the nymph Cyrene. According to mythology, he taught men about the art of agriculture and invented methods of olive oil extraction, including a press, she said.

Olive grove landscapes, shots of the harvest, the inner workings of mills and packaging plants, olive oil or table olives in the kitchen, or in creative compositions, are just some of the kinds of images that can be entered.

The grand prize carries €1,000 in cash and three other prizes of €300 each will be awarded for the best landscape photo, the most creative photo and the best photo related to industry/technology. Each winner will also receive a Sierra Mágina DOP extra virgin olive oil gift pack.

The sponsors include a government body, the Diputación de Jaén, and bank, Caja Rural de Jaén, as well as the Sierra Mágina DOP. Ortega said she hopes entries will come from far-flung places. “There are no borders — photos from any part of the world are welcome,” she said.

Anyone aged over 18 may enter up to three photos, to be received by Olimerca by February 28 by email ([email protected]) or mail (to C/Carpinteros, 7- 1ª planta, 28906 Getafe, Madrid, Spain). Photos must be 800 x 600px in size and of a minimum resolution of 300px and accompanied by a title (11 word maximum) and a description (100 word maximum).

All entries will be displayed in an Instagram gallery. A prize ceremony will take place in the Geolit scientific park in Jaén on April 24 during a wider conference organized by Olimerca. For details (in Spanish) of how to enter see the contest poster.

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