2023 UK-China International Photography Competition

This is a virtual gallery dedicated to our 2023 finalists and winners.

The theme of the 2023 UK-China International Photography Competition was 'Family Treasures’ (传家宝), with the contest running from February to April 2023. The top 30 finalist and winning photos were shortlisted out of hundreds of submissions received from China and the UK.

These were also publicly exhibited for a month in a bilingual gallery based at Alliance Manchester Business School. The exhibition launch and awards ceremony was held there on Wednesday, 3 May 2023.


Best photo taken in China: Zhou Zheng (周琤)

The Kitchen Mother is our family treasure!

'Kitchen Mother' | 灶台 母亲

The Kitchen Mother is our family treasure!

灶台 灶台边的母亲就是我们的家中宝!

Best photo taken in the UK: Corina Andrisan

Art is My Treasure

'Art is My Treasure' | 艺术是我的宝贝

Life with an autoimmune illness is tough. Understandably, some people lose all hope within seconds from diagnosis. Rediscovering art has kept my spirit alive for the past 15 years, even though I am stuck in a wheelchair. My paintings are now my family’s treasures, filling the walls of our home.


People's choice award: Huang Bingyao (黄炳耀)

Grandpa’s Hookah

'Grandpa’s Hookah' | 爷爷的水烟筒

Hookah is part of China's intangible cultural heritage. My 90-year-old grandpa is sitting at the door leisurely smoking with our family treasure - Yunnan hookah. He was helping the government build a road in the 1940s. At that time, he was only given a kilogram of tobacco as payment. Grandpa made this pipe with his own hands.


Runners Up

  • China Runner-up (2nd best photo taken in China): Kaz with ‘Hair Shave’
  • UK Runner-up (2nd best photo taken in the UK): Olivia Parsonage with ‘Maika’s Ba’s Hat’
Runners Up - Kaz and Olivia Parsonage

Upcoming: An online collection for the top 30 finalists of the 2023 UK-China Photography Competition will soon be posted on MCI’s website.