CRI English: The Beijing in The Eyes of Foreigners Photo Contest

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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries is joining with other governmental departments to host “Beijing in the Eyes of Foreigners,” a photo contest featuring work from foreign photographers working in China or other parts of the world, from March to July 2009.

This event is organized by the Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Foreign Affairs Office of Beijing Municipal People’s Government, Information Office of Beijing Municipal People’s Government, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education and Beijing Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment.

The theme of the contest is “The New Face of Beijing.” It aims to give people from outside China an opportunity to better understand Beijing, its charms and, in particular, its changes. The Organizing Committee will accept submissions of photographic work exploring the “new” aspects of Beijing in everything from travel and recreation, to life and work in Beijing. All foreigners who have lived or travelled in Beijing are welcome to enter the contest.

Photos will be judged by a select experts’ committee, with the best photos receiving awards as follows: 15,000 yuan each for two Grand Prize winners; 5,000 yuan each for five Runners-Up winners; 3,000 yuan each for 10 Third Place winners; and 500 yuan each for 33 winners of an honourable mention. Prize winners will be invited to take part in a press event for the contest in Beijing, and will be presented with a special collection of the prize-winning photos.

Submission of images to the contest will be taken as a tacit approval for the publication and display of the images received. Information and promotional materials for the contest will be released through print media. At the conclusion of the contest, the Organizing Committee will hold an exhibition of top photos in Beijing, in addition to publishing them in a book.

The deadline for submissions to the Beijing in the Eyes of Foreigners photo contest is July 10, 2009. Participants should note the following:

1. Entries can be black and white or colour images, and may be submitted either electronically or as prints. Group entries are limited to four (4) photos. Digital photos in the JPG (Jpeg) format should be no smaller than 500 kb (kilobytes) in size.

2. Submitted print images should be 10 inches along their longest edge and un-mounted.

3. Digital photos should be delivered as high-resolution files (no less than 18 MB (megabytes) each), burned on a CD or DVD. The entries can be submitted by e-mail, mail or may be dropped off at the registration office of the Organizing Committee. Please write “Photo Contest: Beijing in the Eyes of Foreigners” on the front of the envelope.

While the Organizing Committee will do its utmost to care for images submitted to them, it is not responsible for damages or loss incurred during the mailing or handling process. The entries will not be returned to the participants after the event. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make final decisions about any aspect of the photo contest or its rules.

4. Entries should be accompanied by the registration form provided and should be sent to the address of the Organizing Committee listed on the registration form.

Address: Organizing Committee, Photo Contest: Beijing in the Eyes of Foreigners, 97 Nanheyan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, People’s Republic of China.


Tel: +86 10 6522 1475, 6521 2270

Web Site:

The photo contest has drawn great attention from photographers around the world. We wish to thank all of you for your concerns about the event and would like to answer your questions as follows:

1.  Photo specifications

a. We recommend printed photos for your submission, because of its convenience to participants in the contest.

b. Size of printed photos: 8 X 10 inches.

c. Because the prize-winning photos will be enlarged for display purposes film negatives should be as sharp as possible. If photos are submitted in a digital form, the entry photo may be as small as 500 kilobytes (kb) to ease transmission via e-mail; however, on final submission, the digital file should be as large as possible so the photo may be enlarged for exhibition purposes.

2. What a “group” of photos ( zuzhao in Chinese) means:

Group photos refer to a series of photos with the same title. The maximum allowed is four (4) photos in each group. But, the number of photos that may be submitted with different titles is unlimited.

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