Entries to our photography and writing competition. Thanks to everyone who entered for your contributions.
I’ve always wanted a dog, and these are my first. Their names are Tusca and Tigre. They’ve changed my life. They understand when I’m happy or sad, they are always there for me, they are my best friends.
Here in this image we can see a desk with a lot of material to study. Daily life in Coimbra is represented here due to the fact that this city is known for its student life, a lot of them come from other locations to study in Coimbra, it represents the past, present and future of a lot of people.
By Ana Rute and Inês
After a tiring day I always lean on my balcony and see this: Coimbra. The lighted university is a symbol of this magnificent city, and I have the luck to be able to see it from my house. This image gives me hope and strength to keep my path. One day I’ll be there every day, learning.
In this photo we can see the shadow of a university student with his cape with ribbons that look like a small tree that’s still growing, which represents the country. The background is a floor of a house in the city. This picture tells us that Coimbra is a city shared by nature and buildings.
By Maria Inês
This is where I spend most time of my regular days. Maybe some will say my life must be depressing, spending all day in bed. Well, this is where I study, listen to music, paint, play computer games, and of course sleep. My bed is my fortress. Don’t underestimate its power.
If you looked at this photo without paying much attention, you would only see a man reading his newspaper and drinking his coffee. But one should never “judge the book by its cover”.
This picture tells a story known by many, forgotten by some; the story of our culture and identity. Yes, Portuguese people like to read the latest news while drinking their coffee, but what about those who made that coffee for you? Sometimes they’re the ones who listen to us when something is wrong with our country, sometimes they even see us crying or laughing until we can’t laugh any more. Don’t they play a major role in our day-to-day life? I believe they do, that’s why when you look closer, you’ll see that part of our daily lives represented in this picture… You’ll then remember who you are and the ones you spend many hours with.
And just like this photo, what makes the difference in our routines are those extra “effects” that we can add.
Nature is vital in my life, as it is my source of inspiration and vitality. It gives me the peace that I need to overcome the stress in me. This is why I need to breathe nature every day, without it I wouldn’t reach true harmony.
The shiny eyes of my dog look at me whenever I get home. He’s the living proof that animals can love. My best friend has seen me playing, eating, working, laughing, crying… And after everything he keeps by my side, supports me and comforts me. There is no one like him.
You can see the photograph that inspired our competition here. It was taken by Portuguese photographer Daniel Rodrigues and won 1st prize in the World Press Photo Daily Life category: