China's Photojournalists Society (CPS) is sponsoring the first annual China International Press Photo Contest on the theme "Peace and Development." CPS says the competition is the first and largest of its kind to be held in China and invites professional photojournalists entering the contest to "create a visual record of 2004 focusing on the challenges and struggles for a peaceful and prosperous world." The winning photographs in seven categories, picked by an international jury, carry cash awards and the pictures will be printed in a yearbook and featured in a traveling exhibit, the announcement says.
James Zeng-Huang, a picture editor for China Features for Corbis in Beijing who studied photojournalism at Syracuse University in New York, encourages American photojournalists to enter the contest. "There is no entry fee, but you could win a big prize," he said. Each category will have two Gold Prizes for the Singles and Portfolio categories, along with 100 honorable mention awards. "Photo Of The Year" is a cash prize of RMB 60,000.00 (approximately $7,200 USD) and a round-trip flight to China, and the 14 Gold Prizes are a cash award of RMB 10,000 (approximately $1,200 USD).
"There have been many changes in the photographic industry in the past twenty years in China, especially in photojournalism," Zeng-Huang wrote. "I was an NPPA member when I attended the photojournalism program at Syracuse University from 1987 to 1992 and I may be the first one to introduce NPPA and its annual Best Of Photojournalism competition to China."
Judging the photographs will be an international panel of photojournalists, picture editors, photography critics and journalism scholars from France, the Netherlands, Russia, Japan, Singapore, China, and the United States. CPS says the jury will include Robert Pledge, the president of Contact Press Images, and Jim Dooley, formerly the assistant managing editor for photography at Newsday in New York.
The contest is open to photojournalists who work for news agencies, journals, newspapers and photographic agencies and there is no entry fee. CPS says that freelancers can enter the contest if the entry is accompanied by "professional certificates or a documentary letter from an official press photo organization." Photographs for the contest must have been shot and published in 2004.
The deadline for entering the contest is February 15, 2005. "The date of the postmark on the envelope containing the entries will be regarded as the date of entry," Zeng-Huang said. "No entries will be accepted that are postmarked after that date."
"Peace and Development" is sponsored by the Shenzhen Press Group and the Shenzhen Association for International Cultural Exchanges. Complete information and entry forms can be found online at http://www.chipp.cn/emain.asp.