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Olhao's 'dancing umbrellas' photographer wins Sunday Times competition

olhaoA photograph of the dancing umbrellas of Olhão has won a competition in the Sunday Times, adding to the city’s ever-improving international reputation.

Once the Algarve’s most dangerous, drug-riddled and crime-ridden city, the influx of largely foreign money and property know-how has turned the formerly crumbling city centre into a must see destination, despite the city Council’s well deserved reputation for corruption, financial smoke and mirrors and patronage.

The main commercial streets have been livened up by a multi-coloured display of umbrellas whose photograph won a contest in The Sunday Times.

The photographer, Mark Bishop, captured the multicolored parasols and entrered the image in the Big Shot competition, beating submissions of photos of the Chobe River in Botswana, Mount Robson in Canada and pictures of Stockholm and Senja Island in Norway.

The umbrellas also have been widely shown on social media and have served to liven up the shopping area.


Foto das sombrinhas de Olhão ganha concurso do The Sunday Times
Foto|Mark Bishop
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+1 #5 KRMorben 2019-07-11 15:11
There is a similar display in Liverpool at the moment. It is to raise awareness of ADHD and autism.
+4 #4 Hanss 2019-07-10 07:15
Copied or not, it's fun ... :-) :-)
-1 #3 Maximillian 2019-07-03 16:39
The umbrella idea has been copied from Águeda, where it's done for years.
+4 #2 Landlubber 2019-07-03 11:47
Well done to the photographer and to whoever had the idea in Olhão. Maybe their attention could now turn to the calçadas alongside the jardim on the front. The ongoing 'improvement'
works have made them more hazardous to pedestrians, rendering them increasingly uneven with numerous potholes and dips. This is not the face of a caring council to residents or tourists.
-4 #1 Darren 2019-07-03 08:57
Given its colonial history.in southern Africa - beating Botswana in any competition is the high point here for Portugal Particularly a competition fairly judged by an impartial 3rd country - the inestimable British.

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