Palmela 2011

The International Virtual Reality Photography Association Conference

Palmela 2011 – The International Panoramic Photography Festival is a voluntary run series of events presented by the IVRPA in partnership with the Palmela Municipality that will take place in Palmela during the summer of 2011. This festival will showcase the current state of the art in Panoramic Photography with exhibitions from leading panoramic photographers that will remain open through the summer of 2011 in all available exhibitions spaces in Palmela. The festival program will run from June to August and will be comprised of many events such as:

  • Palmela 2011 – The Tutorials (IVRPA Educational Program, May 31)
  • Palmela 2011 – The Conference (IVRPA annual conference, June 1-5)
  • Palmela 2011 – The Photo Safari (This event is included in the conference program, June 5)
  • Palmela 2011 – The Marketplace (São João Theater during the tutorials and conference program)
  • Palmela 2011 – The Exhibitions (many places in Palmela, June-August)



This summer Palmela, Portugal, will be the world capital of panoramic photography. It is going to be amazing! Panorama photographers are coming from around the world to this charming village in the vineyard-covered hills south of Lisbon for a feature full program packed with tutorials, lectures, vendor displays, banquets, receptions, and field trips. Not to mention exhibitions of every sort of panoramic photography art, all over town, all summer long.

How many attendees registered so far?

As of today, April 17, 2011, we have 110 attendees registered for the Tutorials, Conference or Tutorials + Conference programs. This number surpasses our best estimates and confirms Palmela 2011 as the biggest and best international panoramic photography conference. If you want to hang out with the world’s leading panoramic photographers – Palmela is the place and June 1–5 is the time. To register for the conference, check the ticket prices here and register here. Please beware that early bird prices are due to end on April 30!

Who is coming to Palmela 2011?

Willy Kaemena came up with a great way to visualize who is coming and where from in the form of a Google Map that will be continually updated as more registrations come in. Check the Palmela 2011 Attendee Map here.

Palmela 2011 – The Tutorials

The Palmela 2011 tutorials program turned out to be a huge success with registrations so far tripling the estimate, with 30 registrations. So, in addition to Pat Swovelin, we added a second tutorial instructor, Keith Martin, who was kind enough to accept the challenge and is right now working with Pat on the tutorial program details. The tutorials program will run on May 31 and we have two conference rooms available to the participants, the Cine-Teatro São João (main conference room) and the Palmela Municipal Library conference room (just across the street from the theater). A lunch buffet will be served to all tutorials attendees by the Palmela Castle Pousada at the 1st. floor of the Cine-Teatro São João.

Palmela Regional Products Showcase

All Palmela 2011 attendees are invited for a Palmela Regional Products Showcase at Pátio do Pessegueiro, the beautiful balcony at Palmela Castle Pousada, on May 31 between 5pm to 8pm that will include a Moscatel de Setúbal wine tasting event kindly offered by out partner Setúbal Península Wine Route. This event is open to all Palmela 2011 attendees, just drop by the Pousada and try some of the local products ;-)

Palmela 2011 – The Conference

The four days of lectures and seminars will cover all the hot topics on the panoramic photography world and we are fortunate enough to have a list of speakers that includes the best personalities that are relevant today in the world of panoramic photography. Currently we have the following 19 speakers lined up to talk at Palmela 2011: In addition to the 19 speakers listed above, we have another 8 approved speakers to be announced in the coming days, we are currently busy preparing those announcement pages. This makes a total of 27 approved speakers, wow! Such a fantastic group of persons with an invaluable wealth of panoramic information to share at Palmela 2011 – The Conference, makes attending this conference, a must!

Palmela 2011 – The Marketplace

Palmela 2011 partners and vendors will run a full day marketplace event at the 1st floor of the Cine Teatro São João on May 31, plus daily runs from June 1 – 4 between 1pm to 3pm during lunch time. This space will be adjacent to the buffet lunch served by the Palmela Castle Pousada at the Cine-Teatro São João to all conference attendees and there will be plenty of time to eat and check the goodies every day. This is a rare opportunity to personally check that gear that you have seen on the web, but miss the real feel of it before the purchase. We still have sponsoring opportunities available and also some advertising opportunities.

Palmela 2011 – IVRPA Awards Banquet

The IVRPA Board of Directors will attribute the 2011 IVRPA Awards during the banquet at Palmela Castle Pousada, all conference attendees are invited to attend this special dinner served in a fantastic location on June 1, 2011 between 8pm and 11pm.

Palmela 2011 – Winery Tour

The Setúbal Peninsula Wine Route kindly offered all Palmela 2011 attendees a winery tour to the most beautiful palaces and wineries in the region. On June 4 in the afternoon, Palmela 2011 attendees will start the visit at José Maria da Fonseca Museum to visit the house and taste two JMF wines, next is the Bacalhoa Palace, including a taste of Moscated and finishing the tour at Casa Ermelinda Freitas winery for a food and drink event that will leave everyone in a good mood ;-)

Palmela 2011 – Photo Safari

We are hard at work planning the Photo Safari and will have detailed information about it on the next update in a couple of weeks. This will be a journey across the Serra da Arrábida, starting in Palmela and ending in Sesimbra.

Palmela 2011 – Hotels

There are four official hotels that will be served by free bus transfers between the main Palmela 2011 venues. The Palmela Castle Pousada and the Setúbal Pousada where sold off only a few days after opening registrations, but we still have many rooms available at the Palmela Village and a few rooms available at the Hotel do Sado units. The Palmela Village is a golf resort and recommended for those that want a more relaxed stay. The Hotel do Sado Business and Nature is a beautiful hotel located in direct line of sight between both Pousadas and enjoys beautiful views over the city of Setúbal and the Sado river.

Palmela 2011 – The Exhibitions

The panoramas won’t just be in the conference, they will be everywhere in Palmela. There will be special exhibitions in every display space in town, plus many of the restaurants, bars and other businesses. The Festival exhibitions will continue through the summer, promoting panoramic photography and photographers long after the conference is over. Here is an overview of the exhibitions announced so far: World Wide Streetviews – An exhibition curated by Jürgen Schrader to feature street imagery from all over the world into the bars and restaurants of Palmela Old Town. We received 17 submissions so far, plenty of opportunities available, if you want to contribute, there is a good chance to be selected here. Our Worlds – An exhibition curated by Sam Rohn to feature 20 little planets printed on a circular canvas to be displayed at the Cine-Teatro São João foyer. We received over 40 submissions so far, most of them of excellent quality level, looks like Sam will have a hard time selecting the 20 best planets. Masters of Contemporary Panoramic Photography – An exhibition curated by G. Donald Bain that will feature some of the leading practitioners in the field of 360-degree digital photography. This exhibit will be staged among the columns and arches of the historic São Tiago Church crowning the peak at Palmela Castle. The combination of soaring light-filled spaces and brilliant graphics by a select group of our respected colleagues will make this a unique showcase for the art and science of panoramic photography. If you want to be considered for this exhibition, just fill in the form and Don Bain will be pleased to review your aplication. In addition, we will announce in the coming days, details about the following exhibitions:
  • Gigapixel Challenge to select a stunning gigapixel to be printed at 2,2×22 meters
  • Panorama Borealis by G. Donald Bain to be displayed at the Palmela Municipal Gallery
  • Vanishing Worlds by Omer Calev to be displayed at the Wine Route House
  • New York, New York by Joergen Geerds to be displayed at the Palmela Castle Pousada
We hope to be able to disclose full details about these exhibitions in the next days, or sooner if we find a way to stretch time ;-)

Palmela 2011 – Organization Volunteers:

The Palmela 2011 — Panoramic Photography Festival was made possible by the dedicated work the following volunteers.
  • Carlos Chegado – Conference Organizer
  • Sandra Mexa – Conference Treasurer
  • Matthias Taugwalder – Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Pat Swovelin – Tutorials Coordinator
  • Keith Martin – Tutorials Coordinator
  • Aaron Spence – Registration Coordinator
  • Willy Kaemena – Transport Coordinator
  • Karyn Laudisi – Video
Palmela 2011 Exhibitions team:
  • Carlos Chegado (Portugal)
  • G. Donald Bain (USA)
  • Jürgen Schrader (Germany)
  • Sam Rohn (USA)
  • Joergen Geerds (USA)
  • Omer Calev (Israel)
Palmela 2011 translate team:
  • Carlos Chegado EN (Portugal)
  • Pat Swovelin EN (USA)
  • Inês Mendes PT (Portugal)
  • Vincèn Pujol FR (France)
  • Mike Sikorski PL (Ireland)
  • Sandra Pilar Paulino ES (Portugal)
  • Mauro Contrafatto IT (Italy)
  • Michael Hundrieser DE (Germany)
  • Manuel Chapa PT (Portugal)
  • Inês Anselmo PT (Portugal)

360° VR Panorama © Jook Leung
Palmela 2011 IPPC Palmela View From The Pousada

June 1

  • Ignacio Ferrando Margelí – Capturing the impossible panorama
  • Marco Trezzini – Aroundertouch The World at your Fingertips
  • Ryan Whitehead – The Nimmo Bay 360º Video Experience
  • Urs Krebs – The Roundshot adventure
  • Omer Calev – Using panoramas to document people
  • Nicole Tung and Jason Barr – VR Photography in crime scenes

June 2

  • Thomas K. Sharpless – Beyond the Lens – Panini, the software view camera
  • Alexandre Jenny – Creating virtual tours today and tomorrow
  • Nick Ivanov – Creating 360º aerial panoramas
  • AYRTON360 – PanoJournalism
  • Joe Rao – Crime Scene VR software and City 8 Street View Capturing System
  • Markus Matern and Jürgen Matern – Reprojecting equirectangular images…
  • Thomas Rauscher – Pano2VR 3

June 3

  • Sam Rohn – Panopress: Panoramas + WordPress
  • Henry Stuart – The Royal Wedding Giga Pixel Panorama – Capturing the Moment, Over Many Moments!
  • Keith Martin – Panoramas and iPad magazines
  • Jeffrey Martin – The 360cities Community
  • Matthias Taugwalder – VR panoramas in print media, online media and on mobile devices
  • Darek Czarnecki – VR Smarty, the new VR Player
  • Gallant Frederic and David Poullier – Spherical panoramas from mobile phones. Steps and visions.
  • Bernard Custard and Iban Borrás Serret – Present and Future

June 4

  • Alain Hamblenne – Welcome to the 3rd Dimension!
  • Joergen Geerds – Panoramas and the Art Market
  • Andrew Bodrov – Capturing panoramas using a monopod
  • John Kroll – Evolving architecture photography to VR architecture photography
  • Kent Durk – Exploring in HDR
  • Aaron Spence – Thinking Outside the Circle

Incredible UAVs flying around Palmela

Three Palmela 2011 star speakers, Ignacio Ferrando Margelí, Ryan Whitehead and Nick Ivanov are bringing in their UAVs for special demonstrations to conference attendees. These RC helicopters will be flying around Palmela for special demos on how to capture 360º Photography and 360º Video from up in the air, but with your feet, well on the ground. As you can guess by reading the names on this speakers list, all our goals for this conference regarding topics to cover and quality of the speakers where more than achieved, in fact, our goals where all surpassed by a great margin. These speakers are fantastically talented members of the panoramic community that kindly decided to share some of that talent with Palmela 2011 attendees. The IVRPA sincerely thanks them for this opportunity. This summer Palmela, Portugal, will be the world capital of panoramic photography. It is going to be amazing!