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As Greece goes to the polls, the election campaign in Portugal hots up

PORTUGAL LIsbon -- 04 Jan 2013 -- Supporters of the CGTP trade union march through Chiado to protest at government austerity measures on the day that Portugal's socialist party -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — 04 Jan 2013 — Supporters of the CGTP trade union march through Chiado in central Lisbon to protest at government austerity measures. Many voters do not like the government’s austerity program — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

by Jonathan Mitchell

LISBON — 20 September, 2015 — As Greeks head of the polls today to vote on whether to continue supporting Syriza, Portugal’s general election campaign is heating up with opinion polls published in the Expresso newspaper giving the Socialist Party – the mainstream left party – a slight lead 1.5% over the PSD and CDS/PP coalition.

Many here are weary of the government austerity program – which has consisted of a lot of cuts to services like health and one of the largest tax hikes in Portuguese history. The Socialist Party is campaigning on an anti-austerity platform – with the shadow of the former leader Jose Socrates (who is currently in prison under corruption charges) hanging over the campaign.

According to the polls published in the Expresso today, some 46.7% of Portuguese believe that Antonio Costa (the leader of the Socialist Party) will be the next prime minister to govern Portugal, against 39.8% who think that Pedro Passos Coelho will retain power.

“Now’s the time to turn the page on austerity,” Costa said. “Our goal is to ease the tax burden.” This may have some resonance with some voters hit hard by the tax regime, analysts say. Some four out of five Portuguese people say they have problems making their income stretch through any given month.

PORTUGAL Lisbon -- 16 Feb 2013 -- Tens of thousands of people are protesting across Portugal against government austerity measures. Pictured here a union leader addresses the crowd in front of the Bank of Portugal -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — 16 Feb 2013 — Tens of thousands of people are protesting across Portugal against government austerity measures. Pictured here are protestors listening to union leader addresses the crowd in central Lisbon — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

Some analysts say that the ruling coalition may nevertheless get voted back into power, pointing to factors like mass migration and recent economic statistics – which appear to show that the economy is finally growing again after several years of stagnation.

Antonio Garcia Pascual, the Barclays Bank chief economist for Europe, recently told the Financial Times that he sees the elections as a “close call” between the centre-right government coalition and the opposition centre-left Socialists, with the polls seemingly backing him up.

“If we stay on the path we’ve been following, we won’t need any more bailouts,” Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho stated during a live radio debate last week. Much of the campaign has been relatively dull and Passos Coelho’s campaign largely is based on him being seen to be a safe pair of hands in a difficult time.

The Socialists disagree and say they will lower taxes to stimulate the economy, while adding that training programs and mass migration to countries like the UK, Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and even Guinea Bissau give a distorted picture.

Portugal has some 9.7 million eligible voters – who will elect lawmakers to a four-year term in the 230-seat Parliament in Lisbon on the 4th October, 2015. Many Eurozone watchers will be looking carefully at the result. -ends- approx 500 words

Jonathan Mitchell is based in Lisbon, Portugal and is available for commissions to cover the upcoming polls. If you are looking for stock images, you can find them at Photoshot.com – along with many other news archive pictures from Portugal (and also Live News).

All images and text © 2015 Jonathan Mitchell

Portuguese folk dancing in Belem Lisbon Portugal

PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
Folk dancing in Lisbon Portugal
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

XXL Waves at Nazare Portugal

I spent most of January 2015 in Nazare, Portugal to photograph the large XXL wave phenomena which is apparent in the winter months.

The results (even when the sea was calm) were pretty good and it is a location I hope to return to in the future.

I’ve posted some of the images here, though there are many other select images from these shoots which are outstanding, especially of the XXL waves that came in mid to late January (though without surfers, they are nevertheless very dramatic images). Please contact me if you would like to use any in your projects (all the images are Rights Managed).

Nazare Lighthouse XXL waves Portugal
Large waves at Nazare Lighthouse Portugal – Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
XL wave at Nazare Lighthouse Portugal 2015
XL wave at Nazare Lighthouse Portugal 2015 – Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
Nazare Lighthouse Portugal 2015
PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
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PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
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PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
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PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
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PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
Nazare Lighthouse Sunset Portugal 2015
PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
XXL Big Waves Nazare Lighthouse Portugal 2015
PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — An XL wave crashes in to the shore on the Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal. Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
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PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
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PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Nazare -- 04 Jan 2015 -- Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it's own right -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Nazare -- 04 Jan 2015 -- Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it's own right -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Nazare — 04 Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Nazare -- Jan 2015 -- Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it's own right -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Nazare — Jan 2015 — Since professional surfers began breaking records in 2011, the Farol da Nazare (Nazare lighthouse) situated on the Forte de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (St Michael Archangel Fort) near Sitio has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

Austerity at Christmas – shoppers in Puerta del Sol Madrid Spain

SPAIN Madrid -- 04 Dec 2011 -- Christmas shoppers in the Puerta de Sol area of Madrid were out in force doing their Christmas shopping on Sunday amid a severe economic crisis which has left unemployment at around 20% -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell
SPAIN Madrid — 04 Dec 2011 — Christmas shoppers in the Puerta de Sol area of Madrid were out in force doing their Christmas shopping on Sunday amid a severe economic crisis which has left unemployment at around 20% — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/alamy.com

After covering the first elections of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, I decided to try freelancing in Spain as a freelance foreign correspondent. I had a good string with The Scotsman and even managed to sell The Daily Telegraph a few stories. I shot these images before lack of funds forced me to put my Canon DSLR in hoc with the hostel. Sadly, due to the now high cost of living in Spain, I too had problems getting by on the low fees often paid by UK national newspapers to their freelancers. Despite the economic crisis, the Spanish were not skimping on the traditional Christmas lights in the Puerta del Sol are of Madrid and thousands wandered the streets in the traditional paseo – though the shops did not appear to be doing a brisk business. To view the whole set, type in the relevant key words into my alamy.com database.

Union Jack and St Andrew’s flags make a great generic illustration for Scottish independence stories

UK SCOTLAND Edinburgh -- 17 Sep 2013 -- Flying the flags...The flags of Great Britain - the Union Jack (right) and the national flag of Scotland - which is the flag of St Andrew (left) on top of the Lloyd's Bank PLC headquarters (formerly the HQ of the Royal Bank of Scotland) in Edinburgh Scotland UK. Scotland is due to vote on an independence referendum in one year's time. File image dated 11 April 2011 -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell | Lightroom Photos
UK SCOTLAND Edinburgh — 17 Sep 2013 — Flying the flags…The flags of Great Britain – the Union Jack (right) and the national flag of Scotland – which is the flag of St Andrew (left) on top of the Lloyd’s Bank PLC headquarters (formerly the HQ of the Royal Bank of Scotland) in Edinburgh Scotland UK. Scotland is due to vote on an independence referendum in one year’s time. File image dated 11 April 2011 — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell | alamy.com

It is an emotive issue for many north and south of the border…That of the Scottish Independence Referendum due in 2014. With less than a year to go, the debate on this issue is hotter than ever. I shot the image above in the summer of 2011 to illustrate the issue and so far, it has been used on four occasions in The Times. It is one of the better images like this available and you can license it direct from me by emailing lightroomphotos@icloud.com or from alamy.com.