Funchal, Madeira, February 8, 2013 – The grand prize winner of the Palheiro Estate 2012 Photo Competition is… Mr. Anders Blakstvedt of Norway! Congratulations! His fantastic entry of the sunset reflected in a large pool in one of our luxury villas was a clear favourite.

Mr. Blakstvedt stated that winning the competition was a very nice surprise and said about his photograph:

“A colourful mix of quietness and luxury – and a reflection of our stay in Palheiro Village”

Mr. Blakstvedt used a Canon EOS 650D and EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens to take this photo. The settings were: f/5.6, S 1/60 & ISO 125.

It was a difficult decision for this year’s jury, comprised of:

·        Jonathan Fletcher – Director of Palheiro Estate

·        Chris Szabo – Web design and social media marketing guru -

·        Toby Majewski – Graphic / web designer and photography enthusiast

This year’s entries were of a high standard with some very creative compositions taking full advantage of the huge array of opportunities within the Estate.

“It was great to see so many photos of the Estate which we know so well, captured from such different and unique perspectives. It goes to show how a good camera, a keen eye and a bit of quality time spent in a beautiful place can produce some stunning images” – commented Toby.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Blakstvedt and look forward to welcoming him back to Palheiro Village to enjoy his prize.

Also very much deserving of an honourable mention are the runners-up – Jens Dembski  & Artur Gorcz (photographs below) whose submissions caused quite a discussion as to who should take the prize.

We’d also like to thank the everyone who submitted their photos in this year’s competition. It’s been our biggest one so far, and the quality of photography was great. We hope next year’s competition will be even better.

Please note that we will soon be launching the 2013 Photo Competition! So, plan your trip, keep your camera at the ready and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

About Palheiro Estate

Palheiro Estate on Madeira Island enjoys a beautiful hillside location with stunning views of the ocean and the city of Funchal. Since it was acquired by the Blandy family in 1885, successive generations have managed the transition from traditional farming to leisure based activities.

This strong tradition of hospitality and quality continues in all areas today, from golf and the hotel to the gardens and flower business; from real estate to property management and even the sports motor cruiser. The names of Blandy and Palheiro are synonymous with quality on Madeira Island and beyond.

For further information, contact: Toby Majewski at 291 003 690