UK-China 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 International Photography Competition in 2019. View the results of the 20192020, and 2021 competitions.

2022 Exhibition Highlights

2022 Competition

'Home' was the subject of this year's competition with the deadline for submissions closing on 11 May 2022. The UK and China winners were announced at the exhibition opening ceremony on 30 May 2022 alongside the unveiling of this year's top 30.

The voting for the People's Choice Award ran for over a month, with Shuyun Wang's brilliant submission announced as the winner on July 4, 2022. The MCI and Creative Manchester would like to sincerely thank everyone who entered this year's competition and made it so special!

UK-based winner, Abigel Vizi


Is Home always a place? Wherever we are, we see things that remind us of Home, a feeling evoked through our senses. Whatever Home means to you, whether it’s a feeling, person, or place, try to capture that essence in your photograph.

Use your smartphone camera (no professional photography) to capture a moment that you associate with home and email your photograph to us. Your submission should feature a title of no more than 10 English words or 30 Chinese characters and a caption of no more than 30 words/50 characters.

It is crucial that your photos have a human element, and must feature people in some capacity.

Preference will be given to photographs that are not digitally edited. However, colour photos converted to black and white are fine. 


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

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

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


  • Best UK Submission: £1,000 + photo book of the competition
  • Best China Submission: 8,888 RMB (£1000) + photo book of the competition
  • People’s Choice Award: £500 + photo book of the competition

By entering, participants agree that their submissions can be used for marketing and/or communications purposes.

Judging panel