International Photography Competition 2019

In spring 2019, Creative Manchester and the Manchester China Institute launched the inaugural International Photography Competition. This invited people in both the UK and in China to submit a smartphone photo that resonated with the theme: 'What Does Friendship Mean to You?'

From 18 March 2019 to 6 May 2019

Partners: Manchester China Institute

Photography is a medium that can bring people of all nationalities together, revealing the humanity we all share. This was the mission of 2019’s friendship-themed International Photography Competition, which was open to any person resident in the UK or in China.

Photography competition

An amazing 250 submissions were whittled down to a shortlist of 30, which were printed and exhibited in the Samuel Alexander Building of the University’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. These shortlisted entries were then judged by an expert panel, including Michael Wood (Historian, Broadcaster, and Professor of Public History at The University) and Zoe Dunbar (Director, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art).

At a ceremony held at the University, three prizes were awarded. A £1,000 prize for the photo taken in the UK went to He Fan, an RMB 8,888 prize for the best photo taken in China went to Zewei Li, and a £500 prize for the People's Choice went to Choen Yin Chan. MCI Director Peter Gries, in attendance at the awards, reflected: “Through our International Photography Competition we have found our common humanity and themes that transcend linguistics.”

The International Photography Competition 2020 is now open for entries. Head over to the competition webpage to find out more.