2017 Young Photographers Competition – Winners

We are very happy to announce the winners of this year’s IOE Confucius Institute Young Photographers Competition. The winning photographs will be exhibited at China Exchange in London’s Chinatown this weekend (Friday 17th – Sunday 19th November from 12pm – 6pm each day). The exhibition is free and open to the public so please do come along.

Please see all the winning photographs below…

China in Bloom category 

Samuel Long

Winner
Samuel Long – Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School (16)
Entry flowers, Beiling Park, July 2017

Anita Bothari

Second Place
Anita Bothari – Canadian International School of Beijing   (17)
Untitled

‘A trash can is shown in the middle of the picture, which is full of thin wood sticks they put the meat pieces on.’

Rachel Keen

Highly Commendable
Rachael Kneen – George Watson’s College (17)
A Calm Vibrance

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Emma Miao_Green China

Highly Commendable
Emma Miao – Canada International School of Beijing (11)
Green China

‘This photo was taken by me in the last holiday to Chengdu. It’s the Qingcheng Mountain. The weather was very beautiful, the green view was right in my eyes, trees, amazing buildings that people build in centers, and the clearest water that refreshes everything in this beautiful place. Then, I decided to take this beautiful moment forever to remember, and also to everyone who enjoys the majority of the Green China.’

China in Fashion category

Swag

Winner
Flora Song – Dulwich School Beijing (17)
Untitled

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Martyna_3

Second Place
Martyna Pekala – Canadian International School of Beijing (17)
Untitled

‘I like to explore nuances of the Chinese culture, which I combine with my passion for photography. My camera of choice is an analog, since I like adding the old fashion twist to my works. I also find Polaroid pictures particularly unique when scanned because they reveal imperfections that make the narrative even more authentic. Polaroid pictures reflect the briefness of a moment, which is a theme I explore in my photographs. I focus on lives of expats in Beijing and the third culture that is this hybrid of Chinese tradition and western influences. The photographs attached reflect the urban, “on the move” side of Beijing captured in an old-fashioned, raw way.’

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China photo 9

Highly Commendable
Isaac Tolley – Cit of London School School (14)
Red Trousers

 

My Life and China category 

Flynn Jones_Calday

Winner
Flynn Jones – Calday Granger Grammar School (14)
Handsome Dragon

‘His Chinese name is Chun Lung* which means handsome dragon. He was born in Hong Kong and his first few months were spent in an orphanage. He was adopted by a British couple and that’s when he became Ollie*… He is my friend. Like so many Chinese people in Hong Kong, China and around the world, he is creating an identity somewhere between East and the West linking the place of his birth, Hong Kong, and the culture of his Liverpool and London parents. He is proud of being Chinese. *Whilst the content of this text is factual, confidentiality of identity has been maintained.’

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Olivia Daniels, My Life and China, Ibstock Place School, a trip to Chinatown for lunch Chicken Chow-RAIN, 14-Jul-2003

Second Place
Olivia Daniels – Ibstock Place (14)
A trip to Chinatown for lunch: Chicken Chow-RAIN

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Roy Tori_My Life and China

Highly Commendable
Roy Tori – City of London School (14)
Regents Canal Pagoda

 

UCL IOE CI China Camps category

Praya Mustafa_Eastlea

Winner
Parya Mustafa – Eastlea Community Schools
Little Brown Bridge

‘Even though our stay in Shandong University wasn’t very long, we all felt completely welcomed by the students, the staff and everyone around us. I felt like a real student there and got familiar with the campus very quickly. Everything about it was stunning, it was very peaceful yet lively at the same time, the trees, flowers and birds singing all made the atmosphere wonderful. My favourite place was this little garden right outside where we were learning. There was a little bridge over a pond surrounded by smooth rocks and tall towering green trees, little tables where I often saw students eating and studying and the constant sound of cicadas chirping away in the trees. I always ended up sitting at the tables or on the bridge enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. My favourite memory was eating cold watermelon under the sun with my friends and my mandarin teacher on the little bridge – it holds a very special place in my heart.’

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Evelyn Bennett-Stone_A Beijing Rainbow

Second Place
Evelyn Bennett-Stone – Katharine Lady Berkeley’s (17)
A Beijing Rainbow

‘This scene always makes me smile because it reminds me that even in a vast smoggy city like Beijing there can still be rainbows. Beijingers seem to be fighting back against the oppressive grey of the sky above by involving such vibrant colours in their surroundings. It feels like there is probably a lesson for our lives in that. It seems like the joy that has formed in spite of all that grey has spread to the passers-by; their clothes and bicycles are the same as the rainbow’s shades. In this scene in Beijing I could feel the dreamy hope of the rainbow and it was a wonderful contrast to England. I think we all need some more rainbows like that in our lives.’

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Emma Bainbridge

Highly Commendable
Emma Bainbridge – Uffculme School (14)
Untitled

‘In July 2017 I participated in the Confucius Institute summer camp. This trip allowed me to immerse myself into the unique and vibrant country of China; a land that appears so culturally diverse from our own. It portrayed to me one of the most exotic corners of the world of which I had never previously explored and here are just a few snapshots of it. This photo was taken at the North East Yucai School in Shenyang where the students had their own horticultural site. Which was similar to a scaled down Eden Project. The cacti were incredibly impressive in size and showed the advantages of the thriving environment of which they lived.’

 

China on the Move portfolio category

Winner
Ashley Ip – Dulwich College Beijing (17)
Dust
Stripes
Busily Blurred
Escape
Constructed

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Second Place
Mary Amanual – Gumley House School (16)
The Artist
Bridge of the Lotus Flower
Journey on the Kunming Lake
Red Motion
The Streets of Qufu

‘With this collection of photographs, I wanted to capture a glimpse into what China looks like when nobody is watching. First, we have ‘the Artist’. An archetypal Chinese painter whose elegant dexterity captures the attention of a curious onlooker. Next, we have ‘Bridge of the Lotus Flower’ and ‘Journey on the Kunming Lake’. These pictures depict the Chinese people wandering amongst the beauty of Chinese landscape in its natural state. Thirdly, we have ‘Red Motion’. Where the red contemporary backdrop mirrors the red-wheeled cyclist; creating a look of modernity. Lastly, ‘The Streets of Qufu’ exhibits the merge of foreign tourists with the native Chinese; representing China’s growing international appeal.’

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Highly Commendable
Chungda-Eun (Chloe) Kim – Quality Schools International (16)
Untitled