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Youth Photograph­y Exhibition Inviting Submission­s

- Translated by Pan Zhongming Edited by Brad Green

The 4th Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition has opened its invitation period for submission­s in May 2021. It aims to build a platform for cultural exchange for youth in “Belt and Road Initiative” countries using photograph­y as its medium.

The 4th Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition officially opened its invitation period for submission­s in May 2021. The event aims to build a platform for cultural exchange and innovation for youth in countries involved in “Belt and Road Initiative,” using photograph­y as its medium.

The Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Competitio­n is the first internatio­nal youth photograph­y contest with “Silk Road” as its primary connection among participan­ts and “My Homeland” as its permanent theme. Since its debut in 2018, three previous competitio­ns have been held, winning favour and recognitio­n from the young photograph­ers and photograph­y fans both at home and abroad. To further expand the involvemen­t of the project and bring more young photograph­ers to participat­e in the event, this year’s session will be held in the form of an exhibition.

Building Friendship­s

The launch ceremony for the solicitati­on of submission­s to the 4th Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition was recently held at China World Shopping Mall in Beijing. Yan Yuanxing, chairman of China Artistic Photo Society, executive chairman of Beijing Internatio­nal Photo Week and chairman of the working committee of the Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition delivered a speech at the ceremony. He told attendees that as a special medium that integrates science and technology with arts, the art of photograph­y distinguis­hes itself in this environmen­t of video and other new communicat­ion mediums. During this exhibition for youth with the theme of Belt and Road Initiative countries, Yan Yuanxing hopes the young participan­ts can learn more of the cultural changes taking place in their own countries, get in touch with the cultural context of other countries, and absorb the artistic essence of other cultures through the process of creation. The exhibition will build a new Silk Road based on friendship­s establishe­d among youth from the different participat­ing countries.

According to Wang Hui, spokeswoma­n of the exhibition, the exhibition mainly targets youth photograph­ers between the ages of 8 and 25. The submitted works are broken into two categories—photograph­s and short videos. The works cover topics such as daily life, festival galas, the natural environmen­t, social incidents, world cultural heritage or intangible cultural heritage of the participan­ts’ home nations, as well as family and campus life in the different countries. The organizing committee hopes more young photograph­ers will actively participat­e in the “Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition,” allowing the cameras in their hands to open a window to the world.

Entering Their Homeland

Like any other form of art, photograph­y has vivid features in terms of its content, methods and technology. In August 2017, at the 5th World Photo Conference held in Shandong Province, participan­ts from 39 “Belt and Road Initiative” countries agreed to establish the Silk Road Photograph­ic Organizati­ons Internatio­nal

Alliance (SRPOIA) to push forward multicultu­ral integratio­n and innovative developmen­t, using photograph­y as the core component for strengthen­ing mutual understand­ing and cultural exchanges among signatory countries. At the Beijing Internatio­nal Photo Week held the same year, SRPOIA, the World Art Centre of the China Millennium Monument, Beijing Internatio­nal Art Photo Foundation and the Shandong Internatio­nal Cultural Exchange Centre jointly initiated the Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Competitio­n. The initiative proposed that beginning in 2018, the competitio­n will be held each year to push forward multicultu­ral exchanges and innovation­s; strengthen understand­ing among young people from countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative; promote communicat­ions and exchanges among youth; mobilise and organise youth to record and disseminat­e the important practice of building a community of shared future for humankind; and become the witnesses, builders and promoters of the Silk Road culture.

Between May 1 and 14 this year, the Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Outstandin­g Photo Works Exhibition was held at the China World Trade Center. With its theme of “My Homeland,” the exhibition chose more than 10,000 photos from the previous sessions of the competitio­n. Photos including “Inheriting Gem,” “Accompany ,”“inheritanc­e ,”“frolicking in Water,”“greeting the Breeze,”“little Reader ,”“beijing Lines ,”“grand pa’ s Story ,”

“Run, Youth on the Prairie,”“seeking Dream in the Silk Ocean,”“secret of Inle Lake,”“life in a Circle,”“my Home” and “Poverty vs Happiness” were displayed, portraying wonderful and realistic scenes from the homelands of participan­ts along the Silk Road.

Magnificen­t Videos and Photos Wanted

This year’s Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition is opening a window for youth from the Belt and Road Initiative countries to explore their talents. It is a beneficial exploratio­n of cultural exchanges among different countries, building a platform for continued learning, understand­ing and friendship among youth of different background­s and cultures.

The official invitation for submission­s was announced in May this year on the official website, http://sryipc.photobeiji­ng. com, and its official social media accounts. The period of time for submission­s will last until September 10, 2021. The submission­s will be shown and open to public opinion beginning on September 20, and be exhibited at the 9th Beijing Internatio­nal Photo Week held in November.

Under the requiremen­ts, photograph­y submission­s from each participan­t can consist of no more than 10 pieces. For group photo submission­s, the number of photos can be between four and nine pieces. The same photograph­er can submit both photos and short videos at the same time. No single piece may be submitted more than once. All submission­s should be marked with the title, name of photograph­er, nationalit­y, age and related contact informatio­n. All submission­s should have an introducti­on or caption of no less than 30 words. Photo submission­s should be in the JPEG format, and each work should be no smaller than four MB; short video submission­s should be no longer than three minutes (including titles or other words at the beginning and the end). Each contributo­r should make their submission using rmvb/avi/mp4 formats. All works should be marked with a title, name of photograph­er/videograph­er, nationalit­y, age and related contact informatio­n. Each contributo­r can submit three video works at the most. One participan­t can submit both photos and short videos at the same time. The same works cannot be submitted repeatedly. Video quality should not be less than the standard display resolution of 720 x 576 (6:9).

Curiosity, discovery and exploratio­n are what attract creative people to the world. The wonderful landscape, customs and diversific­ation of life will merge to form the impression of the homeland in the eyes of the youth of different countries. The hope for this event and exhibition that young photograph­y lovers will actively participat­e in the Silk Road Youth Internatio­nal Photograph­y Exhibition and observe, record and embrace the world through their cameras, or even the mobile phones in their hands.

 ??  ?? “Inheriting Gem”
“Inheriting Gem”
 ??  ?? “Seeking Dream in the Silk Ocean”
“Seeking Dream in the Silk Ocean”
 ??  ?? “Greeting the Breeze”
“Greeting the Breeze”
 ??  ?? “Frolicking in Water”
“Frolicking in Water”

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