Picture Perfect

Are you interested in photography and connecting with like-minded people? If so, then the Algarve Photographers Group could be just the group for you.

The Algarve Photographers Group (APG) is a multinational group of friendly individuals who share a passion for photography. Based at the wonderful Algarve Costume Museum in São Brás de Alportel, APG meets three times a month and provides an opportunity for budding and experienced photographers to develop their skills and exhibit their work.

Daryl Gabin has been president since January 2020 and still gets a buzz from helping other photographers. “The real enjoyment for me,” says Daryl, “is seeing our members enjoying themselves whilst interacting and gaining knowledge. When a member comes up to me or another member of the Steering Committee and says, “Wow, I had no idea you could do that to a photo!’ it tells me that we’re doing something right.”

APG was formed 15 years ago by Peter Schilde and Gordon Railton and held its first exhibition in December 2010. Since then it has held another seventy-four exhibitions and grown its membership to just under sixty people. It includes current and ex-professional photographers to more casual snappers. 

Membership costs just 30€ a year and for that, members have the opportunity to display their images in the museum and on the APG website. Other benefits include the chance to enter competitions, join workshops and field trips, and access the members-only section of the website. There’s also the opportunity to gain discounts from local sponsors and to have photographs published in local publications. A Christmas get-together and a summer picnic are popular events.

I asked Daryl what advice he has for anyone thinking of taking up photography and he told me, “I think photography can be a little bit like golf – a compelling but potentially expensive hobby. Before you invest, do your research. Come and join us for a few sessions and chat with our members. It’s also helpful to have an idea of the type of photography that interests you, as this has a bearing on the type of equipment you’ll need. With APG, there’s certainly no expectation that members have massive lenses and state-of-the-art gear, far from it.”

Daryl is supported in his work by a five-person Steering Committee, including Tracey Smith as Secretary and Jan Tromp as Treasurer. The APG website is impressive and the material they produce shows how much love and dedication goes into the running of the group.



APG meets on alternative Thursday afternoons and one Tuesday evening per month. See their website for more details.

The next exhibition, based on the theme of My Home opens at 7pm on Friday 27th July. Non-members are welcome.

Hunting at Night by António Pires
The Bridge by Daryl Gabin

A Moment Alone by Nigel Moore
Abandoned by Antonio Pires

Balcony by Nigel Moore
Downside Up – Daryl Gabin
Cream Drop – Tony Woods
NYC 9_11 15th Anniversary by Peter Kain

Provence by Ruth Vera
The Indian by Tony Woods

Paperwork by Tracey Smith
Waterdrop 2 by Ernst Neidhardt
Triple Water Drops by Tony Woods
Wheels Galore by Tracey Smith

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