International Photography Competition: Have your say in the People’s Choice Award

With the University’s International Photography Competition 2021 having closed, a shortlist of 30 photographs has been revealed, one of which will scoop the People’s Choice Award.

A baby kissing an elderly ladyPromoting mutual understanding in UK-China relations, this year’s International Photography Competition – presented by Creative Manchester and the Manchester China Institute – celebrates the 35th anniversary of Manchester’s twinning with Wuhan, the capital of Hubei.

Running from 1 March-11 May 2021, the competition invited amateur photographers from the UK and China to encapsulate what ‘Caring’ means to them within a smartphone photo, for the chance to win one of two top prizes: £1000 for the best UK photo and ¥8,888 for the best photo entered from China.

Hundreds of photographs were submitted to the competition, each responding to the theme of Caring in a different – often profound – way. Taken as a whole, these photographs serve as a reminder that whatever the national differences between the UK and China, we are all human beings who cherish affection.

A panel of esteemed judges including Michael Wood (Historian, Broadcaster and Professor of Public History at The University of Manchester) reviewed the submissions and whittled them down to a shortlist of 30, which will be displayed at an exhibition at the Wuhan Tiandi Horizon from 10-30 June. The overall winners from each country will be unveiled at the exhibition opening, with a further winner – selected by the public – to be announced when the exhibition closes.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award, which comes with a prize of £500/¥4,500, is now open. Have your say by heading over to Creative Manchester’s Facebook page and ‘liking’ your favourite image in the album entitled ‘International Photography Competition 2021: People’s Choice Vote’.

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