UK-China International Photography Competition 中英国际摄影大赛
Photography can transcend cultural and linguistic divides, revealing our common humanity, and enhancing mutual understanding between China and the UK.
The UK-China International Photography Competition was launched by The Manchester China Institute (MCI) and Creative Manchester in 2019. 2024 marks the 6th annual contest, which is supported by the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures (SALC) of the University of Manchester and the Manchester Museum, Yunnan University, and a wide range of partners both in the UK and China.
The theme of the competition this year is ‘Daily Rituals’ which go beyond mundane chores and unconscious habits. They are intentional practices that add value to our lives. Do you, a friend or family member have a daily ritual that adds meaning to your lives? Whether it’s having a cup of tea, meditating each morning, sketching an art piece, or something completely different, use your smartphone to capture the essence of a Daily Ritual in a photograph.
What brings meaning and purpose to your life? Do you have a daily ritual that helps you discover more about yourself, reconnect with your environment, and restore your creativity? We believe that meaning can be found in the smallest of things. It is our passion to turn everyday routines into meaningful moments.
How to Enter
Use your smartphone camera to capture a daily ritual and the person doing it. This can be anyone - yourself, a loved one, or a perfect stranger – just make sure to include a human element in it. Then, give it a title and brief description of why the daily activity is meaningful (maximum 50 words/75 characters). Finally, submit your photo, title, and caption to us via email at email@example.com by Friday, 5 April 2024.
Make sure to include your full name and the name of the country where the photo was taken in (UK or China) in order to be considered for the competition.
- Concept: Does the submission capture the theme well, in both the image and accompanying caption?
- Creativity: Does the submission capture the essence of the theme 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 an absolute minimum. The emotional impact of the photo will outweigh its technical quality.
By entering the competition, participants agree that their submissions can be used for marketing and/or communications purposes.
- 2 Winners (Best UK Submission & Best China Submission): £500/each
- 2 Runners Up (2nd Best UK Submission & 2nd Best China Submission): £200/each
- Highly Commended (12 UK & 12 China Submissions): Premium competition goodie bag/each
The top 30 photos will be publicly exhibited at the University of Manchester (Alliance Manchester Business School) as well as at Yunnan University, China.
Prof Michael Wood
Historian, Broadcaster, and Professor of Public History at The University of Manchester.
Dr Rupert Cox
Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.
Dr Zhang Hai
Director of Research Center for Visual Anthropology, School of Ethnology and Sociology at Yunnan University.
Prof Bingchun Meng
Professor in Media and Communications at LSE and Director of the LSE-Fudan Global Public Policy Research Centre.
'Family Treasures' was the subject of the 2023 competition. The UK and China winners were announced at the exhibition opening ceremony on 3 May 2023 alongside the unveiling of the top 30 finalist photos. View more details about all our previous editions of the competition below.
Explore our 5th edition of the International Photography Competition focusing on the topic of "Family Treasures".
Explore our 4th edition of the International Photography Competition focusing on the topic of "The Feeling of Home".
Explore our 3rd edition of the International Photography Competition focusing on the topic of "Caring for one another".
Explore our 2nd edition of the International Photography Competition focusing on the topic of "Family".
Explore our 1st edition of the International Photography Competition focusing on the topic of "Friendship".