On Jan. 26, 2018, the award ceremony of the 2017 "Sente•Antu Cup"International Photo Contest was held in Antu County, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province, China.
The guests attending the ceremony include Guo Ying, head of Office of People's Government of Jilin Province in Tianjin, Li Ye, department Chief of Agency of Economic Cooperation of Jilin Province, Liang Jindou, Deputy Director-General of Agency of Economic Cooperation of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Yuan Xiaoyun, Deputy Director-General of Tourism Administration of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jiang Yinzhe, Vice Secretary of Antu County Party Committee, Liu Zhenzhong, standing member of the Antu County Party Committee and First Deputy County Chief, Cui Wende, standing member of the Antu County Party Committee and Minister of Publicity Department; Liu Fusheng, President of Tianjin Sente Investment Group and President of Global Photography, Cui Maoyuan, member of the Art Photography Committee of the Chinese Photographers Association, Director of photography of Global Photography, Su Minan, Professor of Photography Department of Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University, Yong He, Deputy Chairman of Chinese Photographers Association, Chairman of Shanghai Photographers Association, Xie Hailong, specialist of Images Copyright Society of China and famous photographer, Zhou Meisheng, columnist of Human Geography, winner of the “World Heritage Promotion Award” by World Monuments Fund, Xi Ge, Chief Editor of China Today.
Jiang Yinzhe, vice secretary of Antu County party committee, gives a speech. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
At the beginning of the ceremony, Jiang Yinzhe, Vice Secretary of Antu County Party Committee, made a speech first. "Antu as a county in the center of the Changbai Mountain scenic area, boasts beautiful scenery and good cultural atmosphere. It is a paradise for photographers. The ceremony is a feast to show to the world your works, as well as a chance to let the world know more about Antu. Wish the award ceremony a success."
Liu Fusheng, president of Global Photography gives a speech. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
After his speech, Liu Fusheng, President of Global Photography and famous photographer, introduced some details of the contest, including the number of photos received, origin of photographers as well as the procedure of judging. He also extended gratitude to Antu Party Committee and Antu Government that has lent a hand in the contest, as well as congratulated the winners.
Guests at the ceremony. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
Witnessed by the Chinese and foreign photographers, government leaders and other guests, the prizes were unveiled, namely Honorable Mention, Nomination for Top Ten Photographers of the World, Special Award and Top Ten Photographers of the World. Before the Top Ten Photographers of the World are announced, all the people at the ceremony held their breath and waited silently. With excitement, the winners who will receive the prize money of 100,000 RMB were announced:
Flowers of Ethiopia by Robin Yong (Malaysia)
The Daily Life of Sezer by Leyla Emektar (Turkey)
Rohingya Exodus by K M Asad (Bangladesh)
Wild Souls by Pedro Jarque (Spain)
The Space in Between by Milad Safabakhsh (Iran)
Emergency Department by Fan Yulei (China)
Planetarians by Nataliya Andrianova (Russia)
Ancient Chinese Architecture by Luo Pinxi (China)
Beauty Contest Just For Fat Persons + Temppeliaukion Church by Xu Fuyong (China)
Monkey Died Young by Liang Yilong (China)
Top Ten Photographers receiving the award. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
The Special Award winner receiving the award. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
Nomination for Top Ten Photographers of the World winners. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
Photographers of Honorable Mention. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
The award winner Pedro Jarque gave a speech on behalf of all the winners: "I am very honored to receive this award. Thank you all the judges for the recognition and Antu government for you support. It's through Global Photography that I have the chance to communicate with photographers throughout the world and expand the international influence. Wish a bright future of Global Photography and of the photographers taking active part on Global Photography."
Pedro Jarque making a speech on behalf of all the winners. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
Besides the awarding section, local people also brought an audio-visual feast of the Chaoxian ethnic characteristics to the guests.
Drum Dance. Photo by Zhang Xingbin
Hand-drum Dance. Photo by Li Chenyang
At the end of the ceremony, Jiang Yinzhe, vice secretary of Antu County party committee and Liu Fusheng, President of Tianjin Sente Investment Group, President of Global Photography pressed the crystal ball, launching the 2018 "Sente•Antu" International Photo Contest. The ceremony ended in the beautiful song Holy and Pure Antu.
Jiang Yinze and Liu Fusheng launching the 2018 "Sente•Antu" International Photo Contest. Photo by Li Chenyang
With the Five Year Cooperation Agreement, Global Photography will hold one photo contest in each season except in Autumn as well as an award ceremony in Antu in the following five years, establishing the brand of "Antu in China amazes the world". The cooperation between Tianjin Sente Investment Group and Global Photography is a practice of "Internet Plus "thinking in tourism development by the Antu government echoing president Xi Jinping's comment "Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets". Following the Silk and Road Initiative, Antu government seeks to keep a sustainable and healthy growth of social and economic sectors while ensuring the protection and development of ecosystem as well as the development of the green industry. Photography as a medium contributes to cultural tourism, attracting tourists through pictures that reflect folk culture, landscape, special cultural events, etc. The "Sente Antu Cup" international Photo Contest is a window for the world to know Antu, expanding its influence. We believe, Antu will be an international brand with its inclusiveness and cultural confidence.