2018 Edition

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest is an International Travel and Adventure Photography and Filmmaking Festival with an ambitious mission – to gather the best from these professions to share their work, talk about their lives, and inspire.

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest is a unique opportunity to open our souls to the magic of discovery and exploration, and our hearts to the new cultures and environments.

This way, we will be closing the gap of the relation between Nature and Men.

This festival inspires people to go, to wander, to dream and to be free. Free of doubt, free of fear, free of prejudice, free of cultural and ethnic barriers. It’s a hymn to humanity and a homage to our planet. It’s a place where we make the world accessible to all, by sharing the best photography and video works on the subject.

Our speakers are world-renowned photographers and filmmakers who work regularly with National Geographic, Time Magazine, Esquire, Red Bull, DJI, and many others.

At National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest you will find presentations of works, portfolios and personal stories given by highly talented and influential photographers and videographers; invaluable masterclasses for those seeking the opportunity to evolve and perfect their own craft of visual creation; and photo shows and galleries with heart-stopping images which will inspire the audience to discover what lies beyond.

The word “exodus” can be defined as people on the move. Join us in the Exodus and be part of this global movement of creativity.

Exodus Personality of the Year

To honour the work and the dedication to humanitarian causes in the field of photography and video is part of the vision behind the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest. For that reason, we’ll try to homage great personalities of the world of photography and video but also activists or defenders of human and nature rights with top careers, award-winners with a path marked by the dedication to humanitarian, social and/or environmental causes.

The 2017 edition homaged Reza Deghati, a talented photographer with an incredible career and important achievements in the field of human rights.

Very soon we’ll have news about the Exodus Personality of the Year 2018.

Exodus Personality of the Year

To honour the work and the dedication to humanitarian causes in the field of photography and video is part of the vision behind the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest. For that reason, we’ll try to homage great personalities of the world of photography and video but also activists or defenders of human and nature rights with top careers, award-winners with a path marked by the dedication to humanitarian, social and/or environmental causes.

The 2017 edition homaged Reza Deghati, a talented photographer with an incredible career and important achievements in the field of human rights.

Very soon we’ll have news about the Exodus Personality of the Year 2018.

Exodus Causes

Why Travel?

Travelling is getting away with an open spirit knowing you will face the unknown. But travelling is also opening the eyes to the world and realising what lies beyond the surface. It’s admiring the beauty but, at the same time, feeling the sadness that oftentimes hides behind it.

The contagious beauty we see in so many places contrasts deeply with the humanised destruction that little by little ends up consuming it. If travel is discovery and part of our exploration reveals the sadness of a different reality, is our “journey” really over?

We don’t think so, and because of that Exodus is channelling part its profits to finance the creation of an annual project (Exodus Causes) dedicated to the aid, support, assertive action and awareness of humanitarian, environmental and social problems.

If we can inspire others to travel, we can also inspire them to participate actively in the eradication of forgetfulness. The journey will be over when the message is not only ours but spread far away so it never  gets lost.

In 2017, Bioliving, an environmental non-profit organization that works on the reforestation, received one part of the profit of last year’s edition.

No one can remain indifferent to the tragic summer we had in 2017 in terms of fires and their trace of destruction.

Stay tuned. We’ll have news about Exodus Causes 2018 but also about last year’s Exodus Causes.

logotipo BioLIVING

Ninguém consegue ficar indiferente a este verão trágico, em matéria de incêndios e do seu rasto de destruição. Como tal, na existência de lucros nesta primeira edição, os mesmos serão canalizados para a Associação BioLiving, uma associação sem fins lucrativos de defesa do ambiente, para os seus projetos dedicados à reflorestação.

Este é o manifesto da Associação BioLiving:

“Um dia, ousámos sonhar.

Quisemos criar um projeto que integrasse as pessoas, os animais e as plantas numa só linguagem, num só objetivo comum. Arregaçámos mangas e prometemos levar a educação e a natureza a todos.

E hoje, mais do que nunca, o sonho utópico é necessário. Da ciência fizemos ferramenta, da vontade de ver um mundo melhor fizemos causa.

Em menos de um ano plantámos 5500 árvores, restaurámos 10 hectares de habitat degradado, mobilizámos 1500 voluntários, dinamizámos mais de 70 ações educativas ou de conservação da natureza, rumo a um mundo onde ninguém se sinta excluído. Onde ninguém tenha vergonha de amar a natureza.

BioLiving – Trabalhamos por tornar o sonho real.”

Tudo isto quer dizer que ao comprares o teu bilhete estarás a contribuir para uma boa causa.

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Speaking Sessions

Inspiring and moving Speaking Sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday with 10 sessions in total featured by world-renowned travel and adventure photographers and filmmakers.
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Masterclasses

Amazing masterclasses, providing extensive and invaluable knowledge. It's a unique opportunity to boost your skills and creativity with the best in the field. Each masterclass has a 3-hour duration, with a strict limit of 25 people
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NomadTalks

Short travel talks by tour leaders, frequent travellers, people who spend their lives travelling and sharing their experiences. A unique opportunity to feel the wandering vibe behind the theme of travel and discovery.
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Photo Exhibitions

Photo exhibitions displayed in several parts of Aveiro, with breathtaking images of incredible moments captured by some of the best photographers in the world.
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Late Night Sessions

Music concerts with local bands to keep the night going with music, party and fun. A good time to grab a drink and make friends with everyone. No early sleeping for you folks.
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Roundtable

Is not that frequent to have such great creative personalities all together in one place. In this roundtable, we’ll get part of the guest speakers to debate a bit about their vision about the world, photography and video.
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Networking

Being part of the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest means you will be in the centre of the action, seeing everything and meeting everyone. Let yourself free and meet like-minded people, share your ideas and projects and interact personally with our invited guests. How cool is that?
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Exodus Talents by Lexus

In this time space is intended to highlight and recognize the value of Portuguese photographers and videographers whos works reflect the vectors of National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest. This can be adventure and travel photography/videography, documentary photography/videography of cultural and ethnic realities, as well as awareness-raising photography/videography projects and nature and conservation of the global environment or photojournalistic projects that involve social-humanitarian questions.
Exodus Talents has Lexus support
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Debate (IPCI)

IPCI – Instituto de Produção Cultural e Imagem’s mission is to train new agents in the cultural and creative areas, including photography and video. For that reason, we’ll dedicate time in National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest to talk about the creative areas where every participant is invited to join by sharing opinions and experiences.
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130 years of NG

In 2018, National Geographic commemorates 130 years of existence. Of course, National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest wants to celebrate this remarkable event and will dedicate a part of its programme to the 130 years of NG.
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Exodus Video Award

Promoted by Nomad and the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest, in the amount of 5000€, this prize will be awarded to the best application for the production of a video to convey a relevant message in one of the following themes: adventure travel, environmental conservation or humanitarian causes.
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Simultaneous translation

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest lectures will have simultaneous translation services from English to Portuguese and vice versa.
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Accessibility

The Aveiro Congress Centre is prepared to welcome any participant, even with low mobility, with elevators that can take you to all floors of the building.
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2 Bars

In the building, you can find two bars and a restaurant where you can buy food and drinks.
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Brand Stands

The hall of the Congress Centre will have several stands with brands showcasing their products and services.

Aveiro City

Hugging the edge of the Ria, a shallow coastal lagoon rich in birdlife, Aveiro is a prosperous town with a youthful, energetic buzz. It’s occasionally dubbed the Venice of Portugal thanks to its high-prowed boats, humpbacked bridges and a small network of picturesque canals. It’s a lovely little place best explored on foot or aboard a moliceiro – the traditional seaweed-harvesting boat now converted to tourist use.

Aveiro is known for its production of salt and for its seaweed harvest. The region is also famous for the preponderance of ceramics industries and commerce, resulting in a long productive tradition since the late Roman, early Medieval period.

Aveiro is also known in Portugal for its traditional sweets – ovos moles de Aveiro and trouxas de ovos, both made from eggs. Raivas are anothertypical biscuit.

Aveiro City

Hugging the edge of the Ria, a shallow coastal lagoon rich in birdlife, Aveiro is a prosperous town with a youthful, energetic buzz. It’s occasionally dubbed the Venice of Portugal thanks to its high-prowed boats, humpbacked bridges and a small network of picturesque canals. It’s a lovely little place best explored on foot or aboard a moliceiro – the traditional seaweed-harvesting boat now converted to tourist use.

Aveiro is known for its production of salt and for its seaweed harvest. The region is also famous for the preponderance of ceramics industries and commerce, resulting in a long productive tradition since the late Roman, early Medieval period.

Aveiro is also known in Portugal for its traditional sweets – ovos moles de Aveiro and trouxas de ovos, both made of eggs. Raivas are another typical biscuit.

Register Now

The race for tickets begins with the early bird price during the month of May. Once we reach 700,  there is no way in.

Why wait? What else would you plan on a cold December weekend? This is a unique chance and it’s up to you to follow through.

Is there any better investment than education? Yes, there is… education, inspiration and creative mojo. Three in one. You will never travel, photograph or film the same way again.

Two Wonderful Days

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest 2018 Schedule

Saturday
December 1st
8:00
Door Opening and Registration
9:30
Opening of Exhibitions
The opening act, a great moment to meet our honourable guests, and enjoy the amazing beauty of the displayed photos. All great reasons to make it on time, and enjoy the full event.
10:00 - 11:30
Grand Auditorium
Traveling with kids, new approaches on children education
Education is something that is important to us and also links us to National Geographic. We believe that education through experience is much more enriching and constructive of a better, more tolerant and more positive world. To convey this belief we will have a space dedicated to education through new experiences, with two special guests, Mike and Lilliana Libecki.
11:30 - 13:00
NomadLounge
Exodus Talents by Lexus
It’s our intention to highlight and recognize the value of Portuguese photographers and videographers who have been working on themes that reflect the vectors of National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest.

Exodus Talents has Lexus support.

10:00 - 13:00
Masterclasses
Annie Griffiths, Céline Cousteau and Timothy Allen
14:15 – 15:00
Grand Auditorium
Grand Opening of the Festival
The Grand Opening of the Festival, with an inspiring projection made by National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest, and an inaugural speech by a distinct personality of the world of travel and nature conservancy.
15:00 - 20:00
Grand Auditorium
5 Speaking Sessions
Inspiring and moving Speaking Sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday, with 10 sessions in total featured by world-renowned travel and adventure photographers and filmmakers.
30 minutes per session + 15 minutes of questions + Coffee breaks
22:00 – 23:45
NomadLounge
NomadTalks
Short travel talks by tour leaders and frequent travellers, people who spend their life travelling and sharing their experiences. A unique opportunity to feel the wandering vibe behind the theme of travel and discovery.
23:45 – 01:00
Bar
Exodus Late Night Sessions
Music concerts with local bands to animate the night with music, party and fun.
Sunday
December 2nd
9:00
Door Opening
10:00 - 12:00
Grand Auditorium
The world through our eyes
Is not that frequent to have such great creative personalities all together in one place. In this roundtable, we’ll get part of the guest speakers to debate a bit about their vision of the world, photography and video.
10:00 - 13:00
Masterclasses
Jennifer Adler, Rob Withworth and William Albert Allard
12:00 - 13:00
NomadLounge
Debate IPCI
IPCI – Instituto de Produção Cultural e Imagem’s mission is to train new agents in the cultural and creative areas, including photography and video. For that reason, we’ll have time at National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest to talk about creative areas where every participant is invited to join by sharing opinions and experiences.
14:30 – 19:15
Grand Auditorium
5 Speaking Sessions
Inspiring and moving Speaking Sessions throughout Friday and Saturday, with 10 sessions in total featured by world renowned travel and adventure photographers and filmmakers.
30 minutes per session + 15 minutes of questions + Coffee breaks
19:15 – 19:45
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BILHETES EARLY BIRD ALL SOLD OUT
 
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Experienced & Talented Photographers and Filmmakers

Awesome Speakers

Having thoroughly analysed the work and career of several artists, we have gathered a heterogeneous group of the most eminent invitees in the field. It’s a line-up of professionals who are capable of delivering a wide variety of concepts and knowledge. From the very first moment, we aimed for excellence, diversity and relevance to the theme and philosophy of the Festival.

  • Annie Griffiths

    Annie Griffiths was one of the first women to work for National Geographic. She has photographed in more than 150 countries in projects for …

    Photographer
  • Céline Cousteau

    Céline Cousteau is a multifaceted social and environmental activist who works with a variety of documentaries to art and design, consulting companies and foundations …

    Film Director
  • Eduardo Leal

    Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese documentary photographer with a special focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. His professional career is marked by consulting …

    Photographer
  • Jennifer Adler

    Jennifer Adler is a conservation photographer, cave diver, and National Geographic Explorer. Her love for the ocean growing up inspired her to study marine …

    Photographer
  • Jody MacDonald

    Jody MacDonald is an award-winning adventure sport and documentary photographer. For the last decade, she has been the resident photographer on a 60-foot catamaran …

    Photographer
  • Keith Ladzinski

    Keith Ladzinski is a young American photographer and filmmaker that develops projects on adventure, commercial and travel photography and video. Keith Ladzinski early set …

    Photographer/Filmmaker
  • Lilliana Libecki

    Lilliana Libecki has been to every continent, and although she is only 14 years old has an association that works with people, animals and …

    Explorer
  • Matthieu Paley

    Matthieu Paley, National Geographic photographer and a member of The Photo Society, dedicates himself to exploring the most remote areas of the world. We …

    Photographer
  • Mike Libecki

    Mike Libecki is a real adventurer. With over 45 expeditions in his resume, there’s nothing that can stop him from risking a little bit …

    Explorer
  • Rob Whitworth

    Rob Whitworth is an outstanding videographer that tests his limits to reveal the locations he visits in a unique and creative way. His art …

    Filmmaker
  • Timothy Allen

    Timothy Allen has come a long way in collaboration with communication agencies, documenting various events around the world. More recently, his projects have taken …

    Photographer
  • William Albert Allard

    William Albert Allard started his career as a photographer in 1964 in National Geographic, having collaborated on dozens of articles as a freelancer, trainee …

    Photographer

130 years of National Geographic

130 years ago, in 1888, 33 people got together with the idea of creating something that could spread the geographic knowledge.

The first publication of National Geographic was sent to 200 members only, but this small number of members believed in the mission of these 33 founders and created funds so that more publications could be made.

130 years later, National Geographic has already funded more than 12 500 expeditions around the world, is present in 172 countries in 43 languages and reaches more than 450 million people around the world.

130 years of National Geographic

In the year of the 130th anniversary of National Geographic, we wanted to celebrate this date in a very special way. Its mission of disseminating scientific, geographic, cultural, natural and human knowledge has strengthened the spirit of discovery, exploration, teaching, and human curiosity, assuming itself as a strong source of inspiration for the generations of the last decades.

In this way, in an ideal of a globally fairer and more understanding world, we understand that it’s through the education of the youngest, and also of the elders, that we can hope for better days. Thus, through this panel, we want to inspire young parents to see in the education of their children a range of opportunities that provide them with differentiating experiences and enrich them in a way they are more tolerant in this vast world.

Exodus Video Award

Promoted by Nomad and the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest, this prize will be awarded to the best application for the production of a video to convey a relevant message in one of the following themes: adventure travel, environmental conservation or humanitarian causes.

The winner will be announced in December, during the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest.

Applications are open until 31 October 2018.

Learn With The Best

Masterclasses Schedule

There are six masterclasses available, three in the morning of Saturday and three in the morning of Sunday. Each masterclass has a duration of approximately 3 hours of intensive learning.

If you’re interested in attending two masterclasses, make sure that they don’t overlap during the ticket selection. Choose one on Saturday and another on Sunday.

Photography for good: From photojournalism to advocate

More information soon!

Céline will use her experience in filming and producing documentaries to guide this Masterclass. How to build a film/documentary that grips the audience or how to make decisions, are some of the issues that will be discussed.

Shooting People

Timothy Allen wants this Masterclass to be divided into two parts. A first one about the theory of capturing people, where Timothy addresses issues such as which material to use, which is the best light, and what are the best stories to grab the audience.

The second part is in a practical context, simulating a situation of low light for the students to photograph a subject and then edit.

In this Masterclass, Jennifer Adler will talk about how we can use photography in nature conservation, but focusing on underwater photography. There is also time to acquire knowledge about the subject of 360º underwater photography.

Rob Whitworth is a photographer specialized in time lapses and hyper lapses. Like the various aspects of photography and video, time lapses require pre-production, execution and then post-production.

In this Masterclass, you can learn the basics of this technique with Rob Whitworth.

Looking For The Light

This Masterclass will be about the light. William Albert Allard intends to instruct the assistance on the various light conditions. How to use “bad” light to make good images and also how to use “good” light to produce great ones.

It is intended that this masterclass will have a theory component, but also a practical one too.

Multiple pricing options

Buy Your Tickets Today

There is a limited number of places for both the Speaking Sessions and the Masterclasses. Once full, there is no way in. That means missing all the rest… NomadTalks, Debates, Photo Exhibitions, Late Night Sessions, and all the precious networking.

So, why wait? Buy it now and spread the word among all the people you would love to have next to you.

The people behind the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest 2018

Organising Team

The people running the show, working hard to bring you the best creative event of the year. Besides these four people, there is a group of volunteers which helps achieve our goal.

  • Bernardo Conde

    Bernardo Conde is a passionate photographer specialized in travel, nature and outdoor photography. His portfolio includes places like Madagascar, Mongolia, Iceland, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, …

    Travel Photographer / Workshops / Tour leader
  • Gonçalo Figueiredo

    Gonçalo Figueiredo is a Photographer and Filmmaker, with a vast experience in travel expeditions. Among others, he has crossed the Australian Savannah, from Cairns …

    Creative Director / Commercial and Editorial Photographer / Filmmaker
  • Isabel Gonçalves

    Isabel Gonçalves is a Tourism Technician, but more recently has dedicated her time to the management of social networks.

    Isabel Gonçalves
    Social Media Manager
  • Pedro Cerqueira

    Pedro Cerqueira is a photographer, designer, and entrepreneur. He was born in Porto, where he got his degree in photography. He fell in love …

    Fotógrafo / Designer / Empreendedor
National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest 2018

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How to Get Here

Car, Train ou Plane

If you’re coming by car from the north, take the A29 or A1 highway and then the A25 connection to Aveiro. If you’re coming by car from the south, take the A17 or A1 and then the A25 connection to Aveiro.

Approximate distances and travel time:

  • From Porto: 75 km (48 min)
  • From Coimbra: 64 km (50 min)
  • From Lisbon: 255 km (2h33 min)

If you’re coming by train, there are several standard discounts.

  • Early bird: Buy your ticket more than 5 days in advance and get discounts of up to 65%
  • Under 25 25% off all your journeys until you are over 25
  • Group tickets: enjoy special conditions if you travel in a group of over 10 people
  • 2€ promotion on Porto urban trains, for return tickets – Christmas campaign, available during the whole month of December, weekends and holidays.

You can find more standard discounts in HERE.

Oporto (OPO) International Airport is the closest to Aveiro:

After arriving at the airport, you can rent a car, or use metro to get to “Campanha” train station, where you can catch a train to Aveiro. (depending on the train, takes between 30 and 60 min)

Lisbon (LIS) International Airport:

After arriving at the airport, you can rent a car, or use metro to get to “Oriente” train station, where you can catch a train to Aveiro. (2h30m by train)

1st & 2nd of December of 2018

National Geographic
Exodus Aveiro Fest

Centro de Congressos Aveiro

Cais da Fonte Nova

3810-200 Aveiro

We Are All Ears

Get in touch

If you need any additional information regarding the festival, feel free to contact us using any of the channels below. Comments or suggestions are also welcome. We will reply as quickly as possible. Thank you!

Address

Rua 31 de Janeiro 19 - Loja R e S
3810-192 Aveiro
Portugal

Phone

+351 915 796 086

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