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.

2024 Competition

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 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.

Judging Criteria

  • 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.


Judging Panel


Previous Competitions

'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.