International Photography Competition 中英国际摄影大赛

Photography can reveal our common humanity, promoting mutual understanding in UK-China relations.

In partnership with Creative Manchester, the Manchester China Institute launched its inaugural UK-China International Photography Competition in 2019.

The competition resumed in 2020, with the theme of 'What Does Family Mean to You'.

To view competition information in Chinese, click here.

2020 Competition Results 

First and foremost, we would like to sincerely thank everyone for some truly wonderful entries. The selection process was extremely challenging this year due to such a high calibre of submissions.

All thirty fantastic finalists were exhibited in IPF gallery in Chengdu, China, for the entirety of June. 

The closing ceremony took place on June 28 at IPF gallery where the final winners were revealed. We would like to extend a huge congratulations to the three overall winners

UK Winner: Sarah Zheng (£1000)

China Winner: Xing Luo 星罗 (¥8,888) 

People's Choice Winner: Yourong Li 李犹荣 (£500)



Use your smartphone camera to capture the essence of what family means to you. Then email it to us with a title of no more than ten English language words or Chinese characters, and a caption of no more than thirty words or characters, describing the photo and what it means to you. 


  • All residents of the UK and China are eligible to participate. 
  • One submission per participant.


Submissions will be judged on their concept, creativity, and composition:

  • Concept: How effective is the submission in capturing the essence of family?
  • Creativity: Does the submission capture the essence of family in a unique and surprising way?
  • Composition: How technically competent is the submission? Have composition, lighting, contrast and mood been considered?

Digital editing of the smartphone photos should be kept to a minimum. This is not a professional photography competition. The emotional impact of the photo will outweigh its technical quality. 

Three Prizes

  • Best UK Submission: £1,000 + award certificate + photo book of the competition
  • Best China Submission: 8,888 RMB (£1,000) + award certificate + photo book of the competition
  • People’s Choice Award: £500 + award certificate + photo book of the competition

Judging panel