Dow’s launches photography competition in partnership with Leica

The Symington family’s port wine house wants to find the best black-and-white photography. The prize is worth two thousand euros.

Dow’s – renowned Port wine house, owned by the Symington family – has just launched the second edition of the “Black & White Photography Competition”, thus looking for the best black and white photographs, in partnership with the lens brand Leica. With the theme “A Moment In Time”, the contest aims to challenge participants to interpret this expression, demonstrating it through photography. The images must interpret a moment that captures the essence of a story, accompanied by an explanation of its meaning.

The winner of this annual contest will receive a two thousand euro voucher to be spent at Leica, as well as a bottle of Dow’s Vintage Port from 1983. The runner-up will receive a bottle of Dow’s Vintage Port from 1994 and the book “Ninety-Nine Years”, by Leica. The prizes do not stop there and the third and fourth place will receive two Leica books each, “Ninety-Nine Years” and “Anos Leica”, by Alfredo Cunha.

To participate in the competition, interested parties must take a black and white photograph with the theme “A Moment In Time” and follow the profiles @dows_port and @leica_camera_portugal on Instagram. The image in the competition must be published on this social network, identifying the @dows_port account and using the hashtag #dowsblackandwhite. Those who do not use the Instagram social network can, alternatively, send the photo to the email: It should be noted that the contest runs from June 12th to September 15th, 2023. The winner will be announced on September 29th.

About Symington Family Estates
The Symingtons, of Scottish, English, and Portuguese descent, have been Port wine producers in the north of Portugal since 1882. For five generations they have combined their passion for producing high-quality wines, in particular Port wines, with their strong commitment to the region and its people. Today, ten members of the Symington family work in their four famous Port houses – Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s, and Warre’s –, as well as in their Douro wine projects: Quinta do Vesúvio, Quinta do Ataíde, Altano, Prats & Symington (Chryseia) and, his most recent, Quinta da Fonte Souto, in Alto Alentejo. Symington Family Estates is one of the main producers of premium Ports and the family is the main owner of vineyards in the Douro, with 26 farms totaling 2,420 hectares, of which 1,114 are vineyards. The vineyards are managed under principles of sustainability, with 130 hectares having organic certification – the largest area of organic vineyards in the Douro. The family has made significant investments in R&D in viticulture, to adapt to climate change, and promotes an ambitious sustainability plan called ‘Missão 2025’, which includes a set of goals. In 2019, the company achieved B Corporation certification, becoming the first wine company in Portugal to take this important step, joining a global business community audited according to the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility, with the commitment to use business as a force for good.

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