“Our 2020” Photography Competition | “我们的2020” 摄影比赛

In collaboration with the Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) and the East Asia Society (EASoc), we are organising a virtual “Our 2020” photography competition to record the eventful year 2020.

A small boat on a little river going through an urban area in Suzhou, china

Around this time of year, the Sheffield Confucius Institute (SCI) usually holds the annual “China in Your Eyes” photography competition, which showcases photos taken in China over the past year and also acts as a part of the wider Chinese New Year Celebrations in Sheffield. Although we are unable to hold the photography competition publicly this year at Sheffield City Hall, we knew that we could find a way of organising this event, with a 2020 twist. Therefore, in collaboration with the Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) and the East Asia Society (EASoc), we have organised the virtual “Our 2020” photography competition to record the eventful year 2020.

“Our 2020” Photography Competition - “我们的2020” 摄影比赛

Open to all, participants are invited to submit up to four of their own photographs in each of the following categories (1 photo per category). Participants are also asked to include a short title and description along with each photograph, to explain how the photograph came about and what it means to you. The four categories are:

  1. My Life
  2. My Hero
  3. The New Normal
  4. The Great Indoors & Outdoors

Deadline for submission:  Monday 1 February 2021   

Judging: A judging panel chosen by the organisers will judge the photographs and winners will be announced on Friday 12th of February 2021. The winners will also be contacted after this date regarding prizes.

Prizes: This year we are unable to give out prizes in person, instead E-vouchers will be awarded to 3 x winners in each category; £30 for 1st place, £20 for 2nd place and £10 for 3rd place. There will also be a special “Social Vote” prize, in which photos will be submitted online for the public to vote on their favourite photograph.

Exhibition: The SCI plans to display the submitted photos online for everyone to view. Further details of this will be announced shortly.

Requirements: JPEG only, original photos, no watermarks. Each photo must include a title/name and a short description, max. 100 words for each photograph (in English).

Submission: Please submit your photos, along with the required titles and short descriptions to confucius@sheffield.ac.uk.

Please note: Participants can choose which categories to submit a photo in and do not need to submit a photo in all four categories to participate. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that any entry submitted is his or her own original work.

Sheffield Confucius Institute maintains the right to make public any entry submitted into the competition either in part, parts or in full.

Previous competitions

China in Photographs competition 2020

Have you ever been to China or simply you were born and lived there?

Open to all, Group A is for non-Chinese and Group B is for Chinese people.

Fantastic prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd winners at each category:

Landscapes and Cityscapes Famous Sites Portraits Culture and Customs Everyday Life Artistic Images

Submit maximum six photographs, one photo for one category.

File: no watermarks; the picture width or length must be greater than 3000pixels and the file size is between 2MB-6MB.
Please state your group, your name, your contact number, the photos' titles and categories, and up to 100 words description (in English) for each photograph.

It is your responsibility that any entry submitted is your own original work. The Confucius Institute maintains the right to make public of any photographs submitted in part and in full.

Photograph display and an award ceremony will be held at Sheffield City Hall, the Ballroom, on 27 January 2020, 4:00-6:45pm (free admission).

Event rundown:

4:00pm - Ballroom Door open; Photos Display; Cultural Activities; Food Stall, live-entertainment 4:30-5:30pm - Registration Desk opens for photograph competition winners (register to get onto stage) 5:45-6:05pm - Award Ceremony 7:00-8:45pm - Main Show at Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall (ticketed).
China in Photographs competition 2019

Best in Show (“Best in Show” is an overall winner that can be selected from any category.)
Choice 1: Sunrise at the Great Arch at Getu Philip Smith
Choice 2: Paper Cutting Ziyi Cheng

Famous Sites
Choice 1: View from Tsz Shan Monastery Dawid J Starosta
Choice 2: Huanguoshuo Water Fall Graham Sedgley

Landscapes and Cityscapes
Choice 1: Down by the river Christoph Schimkowsky
Choice 2: East meets West Mimisha Gadhia

Choice 1: Shaolin Snowfall Alex Allen
Choice 2: Strangers Edwin Pineda

Culture and Customs
Choice 1: The Treasure of Man Mo Temple by Dawid J Starosta
Choice 2: Summer Palace Ribbon Dance Matthew Sutcliffe

Everyday Life
Choice 1: Making Ginger Rock Sweets Graham Sedgley
Choice 2: Friends at Lunchtime Philip Smith

Artistic Images
Choice 1: Rush Hour in China Panjia Zhou
Choice 2: Erhai Lake Xiufeng Jia

China in Photographs competition 2018

Best in Show

1: Landscapes and Cityscapes-Megan Eustace-The Avatar Mountains
2: Portraits-John Seddon-Meet Grandma Zhiwen

Famous Sites
1: Famous sites -Graham Sedgley- Zhang jia jie- artists’ inspiration
2: Famous Sites-Adam Croft-Forbidden City - A View especially for Grandpa

Landscapes and Cityscapes
1: Landscapes and Cityscapes- Landscapes-Shona Fraser- “Si Gu Niang shan”
2: Landscapes and Cityscapes-Tim Cooper -“Boats on the Li River”

1: Portraits-John Seddon-Miao women
2: Portraits-Jacob Flandrak Payne -Resting by the Lotus Pool

Culture and Customs
1: Culture and Customs-James Jennings-Concentric hostel, Xi'an
2: Culture and Customs-Anais R Azilinon -Prayer

Everyday Life
1: Everyday Life-Eckart Lange-Taxi Paying
2: Everyday life-Sara withoutah-food marker in Yongshu

Artistic Images
1: Artistic images-Alison Thompson-Beijing Sunset
2: Artistic Images- Isabelle Barnes -Wong Tai Sin Temple

For more information, contact:

email: confucius@sheffield.ac.uk

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