Youth Photography Exhibition Inviting Submissions
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.
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.