Ex­pats show beauty of Chi­nese cap­i­tal through their lenses

Par­tic­i­pants in in­ter­na­tional photo con­test say city is full of ‘end­less’ op­por­tu­ni­ties for tak­ing rich im­ages

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By JIN HAIX­ING jin­haix­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Or­ga­niz­ers of an in­ter­na­tional photo con­test say it is help­ing to build the Bei­jing brand and give for­eign­ers a deeper un­der­stand­ing of this an­cient and ever-evolv­ing city.

The Bei­jing in the Eyes of For­eign­ers con­test has been held an­nu­ally since 2009.

Be­tween May and the end of Oc­to­ber, the com­pe­ti­tion re­ceived more than 4,100 en­tries from 180 pho­tog­ra­phers. The par­tic­i­pants came from 57 coun­tries.

While most of the pho­tog­ra­phers live in Bei­jing, the con­test plans to ex­pand to in­ter­est more visi­tors, said Li Xiao­qiang, deputy direc­tor of the Bei­jing Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries and a mem­ber of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

The 2013 theme was “beau­ti­ful Bei­jing” and in­volved group field trips to Yan­qing county and the Bei­jing Gar­den Expo.

An ex­pert panel later chose 50 im­ages for awards, with 14 pho­tog­ra­phers sin­gled out for the top prizes.

The first prize was shared by Ge­orge Doupas of Greece and Stephen Shaver, chief pho­tog­ra­pher at United Press In­ter­na­tional’s China bu­reau.

“The pos­si­bil­ity Bei­jing of­fers to pho­tog­ra­phers is end­less,” said Doupas, who won first prize with Curves and Lines, which he took at the down­town Galaxy SOHO.

Bei­jing has a rich his­tory, pre­sent and fu­ture, said the 59-year-old, who has lived in the cap­i­tal for four years.

On his win­ning im­age, he said Galaxy SOHO was a beau­ti­ful place with a great many shapes and that peo­ple never tire of see­ing it.

Shaver of the UPI press agency said, “It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to view a city through the eyes of a stranger, which of course broad­ens one’s un­der­stand­ing of var­i­ous cul­tural per­spec­tives”.

De­spite prob­lems with air qual­ity, there are many great rea­sons to ex­plore the city, he said, such as its hu­tong, restau­rants, tem­ples and parks, as well as lots of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture.

Shaver shared first prize for his photo Chi­nese Sol­diers, which shows sol­diers as they pre­pare for honor guard duty at a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony on June 19.

“What struck me is how pre­cisely the sol­diers are lined up, al­most per­fectly,” he said.

One thing that mil­i­taries around the world have in com­mon is pre­ci­sion down to the last de­tail and China’s honor guard is pretty im­pres­sive, he added.

GE­ORGE DOUPAS / PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

First place win­ner CurvesandLines,was taken by Ge­orge Doupas from Greece at Galaxy SOHO in Bei­jing.

STEPHEN SHAVER / PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Chi­ne­seSolid­ers,

KADRI MO­HAMMED / FOR CHINA DAILY

NOOMANE BANNOUR / PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Sec­ond prize win­ner Sun­set, taken by Noomane Bannour from Tu­nisia, was shot at the Tem­ple of Heaven in Bei­jing.

HAR­ROLD Q. VIL­LAFLOR / FOR CHINA DAILY

Above: taken byStephen Shaver from the US, won first prize. Left: TheGreatWal­lS­tars, taken by Har­rold Q. Vil­laflor from the Philip­pines, won sec­ond prize. But­tom: Swep­tAway, taken by Kadri Mo­hammed from Al­ge­ria at Liang­maqiao in Bei­jing, won the third place.

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