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2016 Sony World Photography Awards: Chinese Photography

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition. The aim of the awards is to recognize and reward the best photography in the world.

The ninth edition took place in London (22 April – 8 May 2016). The World Photography Organisation is a center point for global photography initiatives. It’s a platform on which individual photographers are given worldwide exposure, and forge links across the photographic industry. The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions (Professional, Open, youth, and Student Focus).

Each year the Sony World Photography Awards recognizes a person/people whose contribution to the photographic industry.  RongRong & inri, the influential photographic husband and wife team who have shaped contemporary photography in China and beyond, were recognized for both their careers as artists and their significant impact on Asian photography.  Past recipients have included Eve Arnold, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt
and William Eggleston.

Let’s see the best Chinese photographers or China related works:


Rongrong & Inri Interview

RongRong & inri, the influential photographic husband and wife team who have shaped contemporary photography in China and beyond, were recognized for both their careers as artists and their significant impact on Asian photography … more


The Tang dynasty tomb, three series
Photographer: Hui Zhang

The series aim is to reveal the essence of the ancient Tang and Ming dynasties by creating images of their tomb statuary … more


If You Don’t Drink Tea, You Are Not Chinese
Photographer: Nick Ng

The Chinese community has a symbiotic relationship with tea dating back through the ages … more


Ancient Chinese Villages
Photographer: Maoyuan Cui

The ancient castle used by both Ming and Qing dynasties in Yuxian County village, Hebei Province, China … more


China’s Coal Dependence A Challenge For Climate
Photographer: Kevin Frayer

A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming … more


Eagle Hunters of Western China
Photographer: Kevin Frayer

The Eagle Hunting festival, organised by the local hunting community, is part of an effort to promote and grow traditional hunting practices for new generations in the mountainous region of western China that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia … more


The research monkeys ‘Made in China’
Photographer: Li Feng

Hubei Tian Qin Company produces macaques for use in research experiments … more


Nomadic Life Threatened on the Tibetan Plateau
Photographer: Kevin Frayer

Tibetan nomads face many challenges to their  traditional way of life including political pressures, forced resettlement by China’s government, climate change and rapid modernisation … more


Left-behind children
Photographer: Fan Li

Left-behind children refer to those whose parent or parents go to work as migrant workers in bigger cities and leave them behind in the care of one parent, grandparent(s) or other elder relatives in rural villages … more


The life of Tajiks living in Xinjiang
Photographer: Fan Li

These photos document the life of Tajiks living in the Tashkurghan Autonomous County in Xinjiang, China … more


The snow of the West Lake
Photographer: Jiaye Li

After the snow the West Lake was covered with frost. World is in serenity … more


The fisherman

A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China … more

Other notable works


Long Xiang Xie (龙湘谢)
© 龙湘 谢,China,Shortlisted, Open Competition, Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.


Wang Lijun (利军 王)
© 利军 王, China, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.


Hongbo Zhu
© Hongbo Zhu, China, Shortlisted, Youth Competition, Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards


Attila Balogh
© Attila Balogh, Hungury, Open Competition, Shortlisted, Open, Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Home of 40 thousand Buddhist monks in Sichuan province

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The snow of the West Lake

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