Over the weekend of 17th November, the winning photographs from the 2017 Young Photographers’ Competition were exhibited at China Exchange in Chinatown, London. Many of the winning students came with their friends and families to see their work on display. The exhibition was displayed in the Chinese-inspired Chung Yen Sing Hall and after seeing their photos, the students could go upstairs to see a free exhibition on Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage.
The Young Photographers’ Competition, held by UCL Institution of Education Confucius Institute for Schools (IOE), has been running for four years. This year IOE CI had entries from all over the UK, as well as from schools in China. The competition allows people to see China through the eyes of young people, which is always incredibly interesting, and gives many surprising perspectives.
Every year, a UK-based category is included in the competition which pushes students to consider their relationship with China and Chinese culture here in Britain. The entries to this category included shots of Chinatowns around the country, Chinese friends of British students and pictures of progress made in Chinese class, portraying many of the different ways China can be found in the UK.
Thank-you to all the young photographers who entered this year’s competition and congratulations to all the winners.