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Golden Statue Awards for Chinese Photography opens

Updated: Jan 9,2015 11:33 AM

The 10th Chinese Photographic Art Festival lowered its curtain on Jan 6 in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. The two-day long event saw 100 themed-photo exhibitions including a special exhibition dedicated to the winners of the Golden Statue Award for China Photography, the country’s top award for individual photographers.

These are the works of Chinese photojournalist Xie Hailong. Xie is the recipient of the Individual Achievement award for documentary photography at this year’s Golden Statue Award for China Photography.

His photo “I want to go to school” in 1991 for the Hope Project has attracted huge attention. Since then, he has striven to offer better education for children in rural areas.

“Over the past few years, I’ve been to some of the most poorest areas in China including Dabie mountain, where children couldn’t go to school because their families couldn’t afford it,” Xie said. “And I want to let more people know about these children and help them. Now thanks to the Hope School project, over 18,000 schools have been built and over 4900,000 children are able to return to school.”

Meanwhile photographer Li Yingjie’s photo series of Taichi won him the Individual Achievement for artistic photography. The judges were impressed by his creative concept to capture the beauty of Taichi.

“Qi is quintessential in Taichi, but it’s very vague and very hard to capture on camera,” said Zhou Meisheng, judge of the10th China Photography Award. “However Li Yingji was able to use memomotion photography and it worked beautifully.”

The 10th Chinese Photographic Art Festival also features a photo exhibition showing the lives of migrant workers in China, and a selection of works from international photographers.