Global SinoPhoto Awards 2025


Tell your Chinese story in photography


This contest showcases remarkable images reflecting Chinese culture and values from the lens and perspective of photographers worldwide.



Overall Winners: Our story so far


Grace Lau
Grace Lau
Grace Lau
Hankou Bund, Wuhan, 2017 by Fergus Coyle
© Li, Huaifeng: Dancing Dreams of a Mountain Girl, Shanxi 2020
© Du Baoxian, overall winner and winner of the 'Us , Now' category

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The Global SinoPhoto Awards Ceremony at The British Library (2024)


Global SinoPhoto Awards Exhibition at Christie's (2024)


The Global SinoPhoto Awards Exhibition,
Private View at the FUJIFILM House of Photography (2023)


Global SinoPhoto Awards Ceremony at the British Library (2023)

Grace Lau wins the Global SinoPhoto Awards Betser Prize 2024  

Awards Winners Announced

Grace Lau wins the Global SinoPhoto Awards Betser Prize 2024

Photo by Grace Lau

The Winners of the Global SinoPhoto Awards 2024 were announced and celebrated at an entertaining and lively event, hosted by GSPA together with The British Library, on Monday 5th February. Grace Lau is the winner of the Betser Prize with a selection from her 400+ image series, 21st Century Types, taken in her Chinese Studio Hastings, UK. Lau says, “Through this project I am making an oblique comment on Imperialist visions of the ‘exotic’ Chinese and by reversing roles, I have become the Imperialist photographer documenting my exotic subjects in the ‘Port’ of Hastings.  See their images here. The prize winners are:

Grace Lau, 21st Century Types, UK, 2005 - Winner of the Betser Prize

Eric Leleu, Day Dreamers, China, 2005 – 2010  - Winner of Observational Photography Series

Youbing Zhan, Take a Break, China, 2011 - Winner of Observational Photography Single Images

Yuxing Chen, The Oriental Scene, London, 2022 - Winner of Constructed Photography Series

Han Yang, Asian Body Paint, London, 2023 - Winner of Constructed Photography Single Images

Jinling Geng, Insider / Outsider, China, 2023 - Winner of the Best Student Photographer 2024

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Images by Eric Leleu, Han Yang, Youbing Zhan, Yuxing Chen, Jinling Geng

Awards art director Gemma Barnett comments, “This year's finalists have incredibly diverse approaches to how they have used the medium of photography...Unlike the previous editions of the Global SinoPhoto Awards, this year’s finalists have all established themselves and had some success within the photography world. This is a reflection that the Awards are growing year on year, attracting an increasingly strong group of artists and photographers to submit. “

The panel discussion on the topic "Chinese Culture Through Photography", was moderated by Theresa Booth, co-founder of Engage with China,  Panellists discussed their understanding of culture in their work and personal life and Yü-Ge Wang in particular relating her own story to images presented by some of the Award Winners.

Speakers were: Malini Roy, Head of Visual Arts at The British Library; Yü-Ge Wang, Auctioneer, Associate Director at Christie’s; Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor for Photography and Design at Thames & Hudson; Yintong Betser, Founder of Global SinoPhoto Awards. For more on this event click here

Awards 2024 Exhibition at Christie's Gallery, from 31 January - 14 February 2024.  Don't miss the opportunity to view this year's winners and finalists' images in this prestigious setting.  Visit Christie's Gallery at 8 King Street, SW1Y 6QT.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Highly Commended images by Simon Vansteenwinckel, Matjaz Tancic, Zhou Ji, Daniela Olave, Laura Chen.


Our story in 2022/2023:


Awards

2022/23 Overall Winner of the Betser Prize: 'Hankou Bund, Wuhan 2017' by Fergus Coyle, UK

© Li, Huaifeng: Dancing Dreams of a Mountain Girl, Shanxi 2020

2021 Overall Winner: 'Dancing Dreams of a Mountain Girl' by Li Huaifeng


2020 Overall Winner: Me, 2020 by Du Baoxian

2020 Overall Winner: 'Me' by Du Baoxian


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