Rediscovering Macau in Goa


Goa and Macau share a unique identity, with both places having been former colonies of Portugal. The history is now being revisited and celebrated, with an exciting Photography competition.


A trading port was established in Macau by the Portuguese in 1557, where a trading route was set up with the commencement of the Macau Tract Ship. On the way back from Japan, many expensive items were brought. Some of these treasures are now present in Goan households. These exotic items include gold, silk and porcelain. Valuable Chinese products such as decorative plates, vases and tea sets which were brought to Goa from Macau are all considered antiques today.

The winner takes it all

The Communicare Trust has now joined hands with the International Institute of Macau-IIM and Macau based Gabinete de Apoio ao Ensino Superior (GAES) to launch a photo contest, where participants have to click photos of ornaments which were brought from Macau and are based in Goan households.

The winner of the competition will get to travel to Macau and represent Goa at the Lusophone festival in October. The runner-up will receive Rs.15, 000 in prize money, while third place will get Rs.10, 000.

The competition started on the 19th of August and will run all the way till the 1st of September. It is open to all photography fanatics. The top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Sunaparanta Hall in Altinho, Panjim, from the 20th till the 24th of September. The 40 photos will also be brought together in a coffee table book which will have articles written by writers from Goa and Macau. This book will be distributed to libraries in Goa, as well as Schools in Goa that teach Portuguese.

“The competition will bring back the lost treasures of Macau still present in Goa. We want the participants to clean the dust away and make them shine once more,” remarked Nalini Souza, founder, Communicare Trust.

What are you waiting for? Get your camera and start clicking!