The Global SinoPhoto Awards, created by Yintong Betser, Managing Director of ACTIVE Anglo Chinese Communications and Lynne Bryant, founder of The Architectural Photography Awards, aims to strengthen the international understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage around the world and to celebrate its visual representation through photography. In this, the Global SinoPhoto Awards' inaugural year, we are inviting all photographers, regardless of age, race or location, to show us how they have engaged with and photographed Chinese culture, and what it means to them.
Since the Chinese invented the compass more than 2000 years ago, the Chinese people have travelled and traded widely. Wherever in the world the Chinese people settle, they retain an innate sense of family, tradition and community. But what does the world understand about this community beyond Chinese food, tourists, economic stats and news reports?
With recent events, including the pandemic, the issues of diversity and ethnicity have been heightened in discussions around the world. We are seeing communities worldwide debate and discuss their own race, ethnicity, heritage, and their future, and the Chinese community is no different. Here we can have a voice sharing what is positive. Photography can help understanding and expression – the visual language is universal; a photograph can speak 1000 words.