La Siberia, ornithologically surprising.

March 10
Conference by Susana Bertomeu Ceferino
Sunday 13th, 13:30
Free entry

The ecosystems of La Siberia, recognised under the Nature Network 2000 figure, has numerous SPAs that accommodate a great diversity of birds: Cliff nesting birds, forest birds, waders, Anatidae, Steppe-land birds, birds that live near irrigation crops and grassland birds. Susana Bertomeu, president of the Association for Tourism Businesses in La Siberia, will talk about all this wealth. Visitors can find plenty of material from the area, such as a map of tourist resources, an ornithological map, a nature guide and a mobile app from Orniguía. This consultant on design and management of strategic planning projects for tourism and environment will propose the possibility of working towards being declared the Biosphere Reserve La Siberia by UNESCO.

Mirar de cerca. Dibujando la fauna africana.

March 10
Conference by Francisco José Hernández
Sunday 13th, 13:00
Free entry

In October 2015, Francisco José Hernández, a painter, a freelance naturalist illustrator with more than 20 years of experience in this field, and a biologist travelled to Etosha, a vast territory situated to the North of Namibia, at the end of the dry season. He went with one objective: to draw birds and mammals there and experience an artistic safari in real life. He’ll share the best moments with those who attend his talk at FIO.

Hernández gives workshops and courses on nature drawing and illustration and he promotes doing artistic safaris in Africa, directed towards people who want to travel to this continent, not just with a photographic camera, but with a notebook, pencil and watercolours, an initiative that has little precedent in our country. He has exhibited his work in Spain as well as abroad and has also been selected in important nature painting contests in Spain, the UK and Russia. He loves drawing nature, drawing while travelling and sharing his knowledge.

Birds and ecotourism experiences in the Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark through the Ecotourist in Spain app.

March 10
Conference by José Antonio Montero y Amanda Guzmán
Sunday 13th, 12:30
Free entry

José Antonio Moreno is a technical forest engineer who has dedicated himself to nature tourism in the Villuercas Ibores Jara region, now a UNESCO World Geopark, for over 16 years. Having focused his studies on the nature guide profession he will present, together with Amanda Guzmán, a graduate in environmental sciences, with more than 10 years of experience in management of sustainable tourism in protected areas and rural zones, the mobile app ‘Ecotourist in Spain’ based on the ecotourism experiences that can be had in 3 natural spaces in Spain, one of them the Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark, and birding as an important part of these experiences.

Montero, the president of the Geopark Tourism Businesses Association (Geovilluercas), also holds the position of Vice President of the Innovative Business Group at a statewide level for TUREBE. Similarly, Guzmán, an expert in the implementation of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and tourism businesses, is a manager at TUREBE and the person responsible in Spain for the European Ecotourism Network and the development of the European Ecotourism Standard (EETLS). In their conference, they’ll also talk about their work with TUREBE as a managing body of ecotourism in different protected spaces in Spain.

The Arroyo Wetlands: ornithological value.

March 10
Conference by María Isabel Molano Bermejo
Sunday 13th, 12:00
Free entry

The natural beauty and diversity of animal and plant life in the marshes make them highly appreciated tourist destinations for ornithology lovers. A Doctor in Biological Science through the University of Extremadura, she received a prize for the best doctorate student in 2002. María Molano will talk about the wetlands as ecosystems of great biological diversity and at the same time, their importance for society. The Mayor of Arroyo de la Luz since June 2015, she will explain that her objective is to bring the marshes in the area and their neighbours and lovers of these very particular ecosystems closer together so they will be able to enjoy their beauty, and appreciate the ornithological and scenic diversity of these very particular ecosystems as well as educating the general population of the importance of their conservation.

La dehesa (pastureland), our liveliest heritage.

March 10
Conference by Joaquín Araújo Ponciano
Sunday 13th, 11:30
Free entry

The best and most favourable countryside, the great symbol of nature in Extremadura doesn’t just host an immense and vital multiplicity; it also welcomes an infinite range of suggestions of how to manage the countryside correctly. Little, or nothing, teaches us to live better than an old oak tree… However, we are far from recognising and admiring it. In fact, the largest part of the dehesa is in danger. For this reason, its description and valuation should go from just proposals to study and regeneration.

Joaquín Araújo, a farmer, dedicates most of his time to ecological agriculture. He has been committed to writing, doing radio and documentary cinema, giving conferences, organising exhibitions and ecological and cultural activism for over 47 years. He is writing his 104th and 105th books as a solo author. He also has 11 publications as a co-author and 69 collectives. They are joined by 8 encyclopaedias that he managed and, in part, wrote.

He has won 47 awards, among them the Global 500 from the UN which is considered the most important in the world in its field, and Wilderness Writing.

He is the only Spaniard that has been given the National Environment Prize twice.

He’s a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Humanities and a gold medal in Extremadura.

Joaquín Araújo’s view is broadcast weekly on TV in Extremadura.

The Jacetania region, ornithological tourism in a privileged environment.

March 10
Conference by Patro Manzano
Sunday 13th, 11:00
Free entry

Patro Manzano, executive director of ARAGONEA, a company specialising in environmental studies, ecotourism and environmental education, brings us the Aragonese region of Jacetania, a territory that offers the opportunity to enjoy ornithology in a privileged environment where more than 200 species of birds live in either a permanent or migratory state. Jacetania becomes the border region, showing expert ornithologists as well as simple enthusiasts, a region full of differentiating elements and opportunities for the observation and enjoyment of its birdlife.

Photographic journey with compact cameras.

March 9
Sunday 13th March, from 10:00 to 11:30
Route: Villarreal de San Carlos-Huerto de Ojaranzo- El Serrano Lookout

Canon will be putting on a photography workshop, run by Ramón Navarro. He will take you on a 2.5km route where the participants can discover, hands-on, different macro and landscape techniques for beginners using the brand’s compact cameras. Attendance to this free workshop is limited to 20 people and it’s essential that every participant brings their own SD memory card with them to be able to keep any photographic proofs they take.

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Practical workshop “Photography of birds in flight”

March 9
Saturday 12th March, from 11:00 to 12:30:
Given by nature photographer Antonio Atienza.

During the busiest time for birds flying at the Castle in Monfragüe, those who attend will learn techniques and parameters to keep in mind when photographing birds in flight and they will also be able to try different photographic equipment out.

Sponsored by Canon

Drones in ornithology: tecnology to facilitate population and reproduction monitering. Study of their feasability and effectiveness.

March 9
Conference by Óscar Uceda Tolosa
Sunday 13th, 10:30
Free entry

The use of drones in different fields is becoming more and more common. Oscar Uceda will explain to us the project carried out by the University of Extremadura with SIGnatur with the goal of creating protocols and necessary techniques for data collection in the field to monitor population parameters of different species of birds by using unmanned air vehicles (drones) scientifically validating the use of new technologies and contrasting them with traditional methods by looking at the results of both methods with statistical tools.

With a degree in Geography from the Universidad Complutense, in 2006 he moved to Badajoz to work as a researcher in the Conservation Biology Investigation Group (GIC) in the department of Zoology at the University of Extremadura after working for some years in Madrid in the private sector and as a SIG analyst for the Ministry of Environment and Nature Databank. After his time as a member of the University, in 2015 together with Elsa Martín de Rodrigo López, also a researcher in the GIC group, he established Signatur: Innovative solutions for nature management. It is a consultancy firm that works on environmental issues, cartography, SIG and photography, using innovative tools such as unmanned air vehicles.

Coastal Care: Conservation and Ornithological Tourism in Bahía, in Cádiz.

March 9
Conference by Juan Martín Bermúdez
Saturday 12th, 18:00
Free entry

SALARTE is an NGO strongly committed to the recuperation of salt marshes. It manages old salt flats in the Bahía National Park in Cádiz such as Trocadero Island or El Vicario as reserves for biodiversity; untouched treasures where the largest colony of spoonbills in Southern Europe nest, also Osprey among other aquatic birds and waders. This initiative offers a new vision that shows ornithologists and naturalists following nautical routes how to advertise a management model that includes biodiversity, history, traditional uses and culture.

Juan Martín Bermúdez is the President of the Foundation for the Custody and Recuperation of the Salt Marshes (SALARTE) he has been a consultant for the Ministry of the Environment and Land-use Policy and Public Administration, developing, among others, the restoration of the Salt flats in La Esperanza (Cadiz) project. He has written various books and publications and is a member of the governing board of Bahía’s natural park in Cadiz and a columnist in Cadiz’s newspaper. He is also an author and coordinator of the Laboratory of Gastronomical Investigation Chef del Mar., field notebook and technology for science.

March 9
Conference by Julio Rabadán
Saturday 12th, 17:30
Free entry is the citizen’s platform with the most nature observations logged on a world level. It is used as much for bird sightings as for plants, butterflies, fungi, and practically any type of species that we find. Holland and Belgium both have strong communities with 40 million observations, and it’s rapidly expanding to the rest of the world. Observations all over the world can be logged and it has an excellent mobile app which allows us to make a complete log of the details of our observation in a quick way, making an essential digital notebook, as much for amateurs as for professionals. Numerous conservation and research groups around the world work with as a platform to process their data, and more than one thousand voluntary editors ensure the quality of the information uploaded.

Julio Rabadán is a software developer and a passionate bird watcher who collaborates as a citizen in scientific projects, a practice that has become popular in the 21st century with the use of new technologies, called “cyberscience”.

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The wintering of the Common Crane, grus grus, in Spain and Extremadura.

March 9
Conference by José Antonio Román Álvarez
Saturday 12th, 17:00
Free entry

This bird watcher and expert bird ringer will analyse the wintering of the species in Spain and Extremadura from a historical perspective, he’ll also give you up-to-date information including this year’s figures. Among other topics, he’ll also provide an overview of the Spanish population and the species’ problems, the use of resources and their winter habitat in the region. Román Álvarez is the co-author of the first study for the defence and conservation of the common crane in Extremadura 1990 (Adenex-CEE) and has participated in censuses and projects related to the white stork, the black stork and aquatic birds in the region.

Try Canon photographic equipment (reflex camera bodies and lenses) in the photographic pool found at the Salto del Gitano viewpoint.

March 8
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of March, from 9:00 to 10:00:

Nature photographer Ramón Navarro will share his knowledge and experience of how to take the best photos of birds. Those who attend are advised to take their own CF and SD memory cards to be able to keep the photos that they take.

Nature photography for all the family

March 8
Conference by Antonio Atienza y Óscar Mateo
Sunday, March 13 | 12:00 – 13:00h
Free entry

This workshop’s main objective is to introduce the nature photographer’s assistant. It will talk about the necessary tools and knowledge that are needed for taking these types of photographs, as well as photographic equipment for a beginner, guidelines for environmental behaviour and the importance of correct planning and investment. Discover and enjoy nature photography as a family with Canon. Workshop sponsored by Canon.

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Photography hides for birds business in Spain

March 8
Conference by Jesús Giraldo & Julián zamora
Sunday, March 13 | 11:00 – 12:00h
Free entry

There are many businesses that offer the possibility to take photos of birds from hides, and an ever-increasing demand. In this presentation, we’ll look at the current state of affairs of this area in Spain, the characteristics of different hides, the most sought after birds and the rules for their use.

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Conservation, Scientific and Social Tourism in the Pyrenees

March 8
Conference by Helena Parga Fernández
Saturday, March 12 | 16:30h
Free entry

This biologist, environmental technician and Middle Mountain Guide will talk about her collaboration in three scientific projects endorsed by the University of Zaragoza y Zerynthia (the Spanish Lepidoptera Association): 1.-The study of a Rock Glacier, possibly the most Southern one in Europe. 2. -A study of amphibian communities in Ibores and lakes of Glacier origin on Alta Montaña. 3. -The study of butterfly communities on Alta Montaña. Helena Parga, founding member of ATONPA (Association of Ornithological and Nature Tourism in the Aragonese Pyrenees), has developed her activities in such disparate areas as investigation, coordination and implementation of projects and environmental education.

Guide to the birds in the Monfragüe National Park and its Surroundings (Extremadura)

March 8
Conference by Humberto Gacio Iovino, Ana Yanes Pérez, Angel Pérez Menchero and Antonio Ojea
Saturday, March 12 | 13:30h
Free entry

This guide contains a description of Monfragüe and its surroundings; the land declared a National Park and the peripheral area declared a SPA. In its illustrated pages, the 182 species regularly present in Monfragüe and its surroundings are described and it includes additional information about another 49 species not always present in the territory. It also includes comparative illustrations of birds belonging to the same groups, to help distinguish between similar species. Among other information, in the guide, you can consult maps, an ornithological guide to the routes and a directory of services in the towns that make up the National Park.

Humberto Gacio Lovino, Ana Yanes Pérez and Ángel Pérez Menchero, together with the illustrator Antonio Ojea Gallegos have created this publication together, trying to create a reference guide in Spanish and English. This is the fifth Guide to Birds edited by the consultants Algakon S.L. and in all of them, they have been, in some way or another, its authors. Ornithologists and nature enthusiasts, they develop many projects related to this discipline either together or individually: Scientific bird ringing, publications, outreach and awareness, study and conservation, ornithological tourism and facilities, monitoring populations…

Birth of the first wild Andalusian bearded vulture after their extinction. A passionate tale

March 8
Conference by Francisco Javier Montoro
Saturday, March 12 | 13:00h
Free entry

This enthusiastic supporter of bearded vultures will go over the ‘Reintroduction of the bearded vulture into Andalusia’ project. He will concentrate on the two pairs which have formed so far, with special attention to Tono and Blimunda, the parents of the first example born in the wild in more than 30 years in all of the Iberian Peninsula (excluding the Pyrenees). After that, he will tell us about the exciting time he spent alone, isolated on the mountain, following the hatching and development of Esperanza, the chick that changed history.

Montoro is a Veterinarian with more than 30 years experience studying and following birds of prey. Author and director of the project to reintroduce the peregrine falcon back into the city of Granada, his photographs and videos have been published on the Facebook page of the Gypaetus Foundation and the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) as well as the Granada falcon project.

FOTOFIO: The Falklands, the archipelago of the penguins

March 7
Conference by Oriol Alamany
Saturday, March 12 | 12:30h-13:15h
Free entry

The Falklands are an archipelago situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 360km from the Argentine Coast and biogeographically they belong to the Antarctic Zone. They are made up of two main islands and nearly 800 smaller ones. The cold, windy and humid climate isn’t an obstacle for the avifauna which is abundant and varied; it includes half a million penguin couples from five different species, 80% of the world’s black-browed albatross population, a multitude of sea and water birds as well as endemic birds such as the Cobb’s wren. The photographer Oriol Alamany will show us this natural variety through his photographic reportage taken there in 2010.

FOTOFIO: Our birds in cinema

March 7
Conference by Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha
Saturday, March 12 | 16:30h-17:15h
Free entry

From his perspective as a director and naturalist, he will talk to us about the importance of birds in his cinematic works, mainly in the most recent one “Guadalquivir”. He will show us images of a great variety of species from its source in Sierras de Cazorla, to its mouth in the Marismas del Guadalquivir, in the National Park of Doñana. “Guadalquivir” is the first film entirely about Iberian nature which has been show on cinema screens and nominated for a Goya for the best documentary film. He will also talk about the techniques used while filming and show a trailer of this film. Furthermore, he will offer us an advance viewing of images and music from his next film “CANTÁBRICO. Los Dominios del Oso Pardo” (Cantabria. Brown bear territory) which will come out in cinemas this year.

FOTOFIO: The evolution of the nature photographer

March 7
Conference by Antonio Atienza
Saturday, March 12 | 17:30h-18:15h
Free entry

Through a selection of images taken over the last 20 years, he will explain the techniques used to get the best performance in different scenarios when it comes to photographing fauna in the wild. Also, he will describe the changes in a present-day nature photographer’s demands regarding equipment, technical and practical advice from a professional on the subject and about environmental authorisations.
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History and number of sea birds migrating through Estaca de Bares (Galicia)

March 7
Conference by Antonio Sandoval Rey
Saturday, March 12 – 11:30h
Free entry

El cabo de Estaca de Bares (Mañón, A Coruña, Galicia) es uno de los mejores lugares de Europa para estudiar y contemplar los movimientos de las aves oceánicas del Atlántico norte. Antonio Sandoval, quien lleva más de 30 años acudiendo allí, compartirá en esta charla los resultados de los censos que se realizan desde ese promontorio. Igualmente expondrá, como escritor y comunicador ambiental, diversas ideas acerca de cómo dar a conocer espectáculos naturales como ese a la ciudadanía desde diversos medios, en especial a través de la literatura. Este ornitológico ha publicado numerosos libros sobre aves y participado en diversos proyectos relacionados con las aves en Galicia. Socio fundador de la Sociedade Galega de Ornitoloxía y socio de la Sociedad Española de Ornitología SEO/BirdLife, donde ha sido coordinador del Grupo Ibérico de Aves Marinas.

Tourism and Conservation in Senegal. Langue de Barbarie National Park

March 7
Conference by Rafael Benjumea Maldonado
Saturday, March 12 – 12:00h
Free entry

Senegal es un destino emergente para el turismo ornitológico. Un gran número de aves migradoras europeas pasan el invierno entre sus latitudes. Es el caso del Parque Nacional “Langue de Barbarie”, al norte de Senegal. Entre ellas destaca la presencia de águilas pescadoras. El biólogo Rafael Benjumea expondrá el trabajo de Ecotono Birding en este delicado Parque Nacional con el proyecto de ámbito social y de conservación ‘Tougoupeul’ y hará algunas reseñas sobre destinos ornitológicos interesantes en Senegal, como la reserva de la biosfera del Parque Nacional del Djoudj o la isla de Kousmar, donde invernan más de 25.000 cernícalos primillas junto a otros tantos elanios golondrina. Benjumea es miembro y coordinador de Batumi Raptor Count (Georgia), coordina el proyecto ornitológico en Tougoupeul (Senegal) y es guía ornitológico en la empresa Ecotono Birding.

Role of the local ornithological guide. Experience from GUIDEX

March 7
Conference by Jesús Porras
Saturday, March 12 – 12:30h
Free entry

Este guía ornitológico desde 2005 con la empresa Iberian Nature y socio fundador de Guidex expondrá por qué es recomendable contar con los servicios de un guía profesional a la hora de visitar un lugar de interés para el turismo ornitológico. Entre otros temas, explicará los efectos que puede tener la contratación del guía local en la percepción del medio natural y el valor añadido que supone con respecto a la contratación de guías en origen. Abordará además el papel del guía ornitológico en la conservación de las especies y en el conocimiento de las mismas, y las posibles sinergias entre guías profesionales, Administración y ONG conservacionistas. Jesús Porras organiza rutas ornitológicas en los principales lugares para la observación de aves en Extremadura.

FOTOFIO: Photographing birds in the North Sea

March 4
Conference by Rafael Ramos & Javier Ramos
Saturday, March 12 – 11:45h-12:15h
Free entry

The British and Scottish islands situated in the North Sea are places of reference because of their importance for sea birds, and these experts will tell us the best places to photograph and observe different species. In these marine ecosystems, during the breeding season there are many more species, some concentrated in large colonies, and they are considered one of the wonders of the natural world.
Rafael and Javier will explain different techniques when it comes to photographing birds in these environments, sharing studies and experiences, as well as how to organise your time to get the most out of your photographic expectations.
Speakers sponsored by Martín-Iglesias S.L.

FOTOFIO: The perfect migration

March 4
Conference by Fernando Barrios
Saturday,march 12th – 11:00h-11:30h
Free entry

Towards the end of the seventies, Fernando started to photograph birds in flight, concentrating on those species that crossed the Strait of Gibraltar during their migration. Since then, there have been very few years when he hasn’t visited this strategic spot which thousands of birds pass every year. The change from analogue photography (slides) to digital has not posed any problems, on the contrary, it was taken as the time to evolve and take the types of photos he had always dreamed of.

Urban SPAs in Extremadura: conservation and tourism

March 4
Conference by Mª Jesús García-Baquero
Saturday,march 12th – 10:30h
Free entry

En Extremadura existe una red de Zonas de Especial Protección para las Aves (ZEPA) en casco urbano, habiendo sido declaradas como tal fundamentalmente por la presencia de cernícalo primilla. Se trata de una situación única en el mundo que María Jesús García-Baquero presentará en su charla como una excelente oportunidad de conjugar patrimonio natural y cultural como recurso turístico. Esta bióloga trabaja en la actualidad como técnico para el Servicio de Conservación de la Naturaleza y Áreas Protegidas de la Dirección General de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Extremadura, donde gestiona la conservación del cernícalo primilla en las ZEPA urbanas.

Espectáculos de música, circo y humor animarán Plasencia y Trujillo el 5 de marzo

February 26
Un anticipo de lo que se vivirá en Monfragüe durante los días de FIO podrá experimentarse el 5 de marzo en Plasencia y Trujillo. Música, danza y diversión animarán los centros históricos de ambas ciudades. Todo ello relacionado con la naturaleza y las aves.

Recorrido animado por el conjunto monumental de la ciudad con números de circo y humor y las explicaciones de un especialista en ornitología.

Hora: 12:00
Itinerario: Centro histórico

Pasacalles temático dedicado a las aves con una banda de música y zancudos.

Hora: 12:00
Itinerario: Centro histórico

Presentation of the activities program

February 25
FIO 2016 will have the use of a drone to ‘feel’ the flight of a bird at great height

FIO will take place in Villarreal de San Carlos (Serradilla), between the 11th and 13th of March, with some changes compared to previous years, according to what the Directorate General of Tourism, Francisco Martín, said during his presentation of the activities program.
Martín announced that for the first time in the 11th edition, there will be free Wi-Fi and 3G coverage in all of FIO’s premises for the public and professionals attending. There will also be a free app for phones and tablets released with detailed information about each exhibition, scheduled activities or parking areas. The app also has a notification system which warns users about 15 minutes before the start of each activity.

Another of the new additions that the Directorate General announced is the workshop called ‘Learn to fly a drone’. In this workshop, the public will have the opportunity to ‘feel how a bird flies, thanks to special glasses and a drone piloted by an expert’ and to be able to see from a great height. The operation zone will be situated around the main marquee at the fair where these apparatus will be able to take off and land.

As a parallel activity, on the Saturday prior to FIO, the 5th March, a dramatised, guided tour will take place in Trujillo and Plasencia to show the ornithological wealth of both cities, to make tourism and the local economy more dynamic, Martín Simón said.

This fair, the oldest of its type in Spain and the second largest in Europe, joins the best of nature and ornithological tourism. Specialist businesses, public institutions and conservation associations will all be there. We have professional meetings, technical and photographical conferences and activities are planned for the general public such as guided routes around Monfragüe, workshops for children and shows related to birds and nature.

Free public transport
To make access to the fair easier and to encourage the use of public transport, Turismo has made two free bus lines available on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March with these routes: Plasencia-Monfragüe train station-Monfragüe campsite-Villarreal de San Carlos and Torrejón el Rubio-Salto del Gitano-Villarreal de San Carlos.

Furthermore, according to what Francisco Martín said, the Government of Extremadura has increased the number of seats available on the combined train-bus service that will bring passengers from Monfragüe train station to FIO’s premises, thanks to an agreement with Renfe. This service will be available on both the 12th and the 13th March for users of the train routes Badajoz-Mérida-Cáceres-Monfragüe and Madrid-Talavera de la Reina-Monfragüe.

The directorate general also said that, in total, there will be 14 train and bus services for FIO, making it possible to travel from Madrid to Extremadura and back again in the same day, the Head of Tourism added.

On the business side, FIO will hold a business fair on the 11th March which will bring together business men and women from the tourism sectors in Spain, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, the US, China and India. Its objective is to provide business opportunities to the companies and destinations that offer products and services specialising in ornithological and nature tourism. Access is limited to representatives of business in Extremadura who are part of Club Birding in Extremadura, receptive travel agencies in the region and the fair’s exhibitors.

Record participation in the photography competition

The XI Nature Photography Competition, organised by the International Fair of Ornithological Tourism (FIO) has registered the best figures in its history. This competition has received more than 2000 photographs from 537 participants, numbers that exceed previous registers (1,169 images presented and 437 contestants).