Spanish photographer José Miguel Palao Quílez wins the first prize in the FIO 2022 contest

Spanish photographer José Miguel Palao Quílez, with ‘Jardín secreto’, has won the first prize in the Nature Photography Contest ‘Wild Birds’, organized by FIO 2022. The winning image, in which a gray heron can be seen among cypresses on the Atchafalaya River (United States), was chosen by the jury from among the 5,821 photos received

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650 business meetings at FIO

FIO promoted today the holding of 650 business meetings in its workshop, an activity aimed at professionals in nature tourism and bird watching. 29 buyers from Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United States and 69 sellers (companies from the Birding in Extremadura Club, travel agencies from the region and

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Conference ‘Volcanic tremor’, by Carlos de Hita

February 20th | 13:30-14:00 Stage Marquee A sound journey from the silence of the forests to the roar of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma. Carlos de Hita, sound technician and author of an extensive archive with the voices of the Spanish, African, Amazonian and Indian fauna as well as traditional activities and sound

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Tribute to Joachim Hellmich, the Great Bustards’ German

February 18th | 19.00 Stage Marquee In love with Extremadura and the birds of the steppes, with a special passion for bustards, Joachim Hellmich died of coronavirus in September 2021 in Germany. This ornithologist, Olympic athlete in his youth and a professor of Geography, arrived in Extremadura in 1980s. In Sierra de Fuentes, in the

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Margaret Atwood talks about birds with Antonio Sandoval

February 19th | 13.00-13.30 Stage Marquee Recorded exclusively for FIO 2022, the writer and ornithologist Antonio Sandoval speaks with the acclaimed Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood, winner of the 2008 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and honorary doctorate from several universities in Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain, including Oxford, Cambridge and the

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‘How to draw restless birds’, an illustration workshop with Szabolcs Kókay (Hungary)

Szabolcs Kókay is self-taught, with no formal artistic training. From the beginning the artists who have most influenced him are those who work outdoors, directly with nature. Field work motivates him a lot and it has left a mark on his art. He still remembers the difficulties and challenges that he experienced in the beginning.

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‘Painting birds of paradise’, by Szabolcs Kókay (Hungary)

It all started with a commission to paint various groups of birds, including birds of paradise, for a Papua New Guinea field guide. In 2014, on a month-long expedition to that Oceanian country, Hungarian nature artist Szabolcs Kókay developed the work, which was followed five years later by a bird-watching trip to West Papua. This

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‘How to make a good book better: the endless need to look again and again!’, by Killian Mullarney (Ireland)

Killian Mullarney is internationally known as one of the authors of the best-selling European field guide of the last 20 years, the ‘Collins Bird Guide’, first published in 1999, which he illustrated with Dan Zetterström. The ‘Collins Bird Guide’ is written by Lars Svensson and the late Peter J. Grant and is a key reference

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