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 UK-China International Photography Competition in 2019. The competition is now entering its third year, with this year's theme being, 'What Does Caring Mean to You?'

View the results of the 2019 and 2020 competitions.

2021 Competition (2021年中英国际摄影大赛)

What Does Caring Mean to You?


Use your smartphone camera (no professional photography) to capture a moment that you associate with caring for other people, and email it to us, along with your caption.

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

Any person resident in the UK or in China may participate. Their photo should have been taken in 2021 in either the UK or China.


The competition submissions window runs for two months, between Monday, 1 March 2021 and Monday, 3 May in 2021 at 11.59pm GMT.

How to submit

All submissions should be made by email to, with the subject line “International Photography Competition 2021”

 Your email should include:

  • A smartphone photo in its original format. If the file is too big to send via email, let us know and we can provide an alternative method of submission.
  •  A title of no more than 30 words or characters in English or Chinese, and a description of 70 to 100 words or characters.

Each participant is allowed a maximum of one submission. If subsequent submissions are sent, only the first will be judged.

The top 30 participants will need to complete and submit an image release form for the display of their photos in the finalists’ exhibition. By entering your image into the competition, you permit it to be used freely in the competition, and in any related promotion and publishing.


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

  • Concept: How effective is the submission in capturing the essence of caring for other people?
  • Creativity: Does the submission capture the essence of caring for others 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.


The top 30 photos selected will be printed and exhibited at an international arts space from 7-27 June 2021. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will happen during this time.

The winners will be announced on 27 June 2021 at an award ceremony.

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