Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition is a state-level international photography event jointly hosted by China Photographers Association and Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles. The exhibition, which is held annually, is a city-themed comprehensive photography exhibition, and Shenzhen has been trying to forge it into an international exchange platform of the art of photography and a new business card of the city’s culture.

The 5th Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition (hereinafter referred to as “the exhibition”) will be held at Shenzhen in China in November of 2021. The exhibition is designed to promote worldwide exchanges, integration and development of the photographic culture by showcasing the photographic achievements and exhibiting the artistic exploration and findings made in recent years by photographers from different countries around the world. We now sincerely invite contributions to the exhibition from group and individual photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, from all parts of the world.

I. Time-line:

Deadline for Submission:August 10, 2021

Date of Selection: Late-August, 2021

Date of Publicity: October, 2021

Date of Exhibition: November, 2021

II. Organizations

Hosts: China Photographers Association (CPA), Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles

Organizer: Shenzhen Photographers Association

III. Theme

Over the past four decades, Shenzhen has been developing with dynamism of youth and creativity, and the vigor to march forward nonstop! Such vitality has turned Shenzhen from a fishing village in the South China Sea to a metropolis and the key driving force for the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Despite the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shenzhen remained dynamic and motivated while overcoming barriers and weathering hard times. Its passion, creativity and confidence have been displayed to the whole world.

In the face of changes unseen in a century and a new era of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, Shenzhen, with the passion of being a pioneer and model for the rest of China, will remain energetic as a driving force for world growth.

Photography records Shenzhen’s development in the reform and opening up in an on-time, objective and instantaneous manner. Moreover, images will also witness all the major pioneering and demonstrative moves, as well as innovative products across various sectors in the city. The world of image will become a parallel world that is mutually contextualized with the real world. Its internal logic and linguistic patterns will be established to eventually become the encompassing encyclopedia in the new era.

Through the integration of technology and art, and the complementarity between thoughts and reality, this year’s Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition, with the theme of “City﹒Vitality”, strives to showcase the vitality of Shenzhen, China and even the humanity!

IV. Rules

1. Under the theme of “City﹒Vitality”, the exhibition has two categories: documentary and artistic. Each entrant can choose to participate in one or more categories, but shall not enter the same work to different categories at the same time. Either a single or a portfolio is acceptable and will be deemed as “one entry”. A portfolio shall consist of 4-12 pictures. Each entrant can only submit no more than 4 entries (4 included) under each category. There are no restrictions on shooting equipment. All works shall be produced within the time period from 2016 to 2021.

2. Contribution methods: please go to the website of the CPA ( and click on the “Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition 2021” section. Or log on to the official website of the exhibition (, follow the instructions to register, fill up relevant information, and upload work. The exhibition only accepts digital files in JPEG format with the longest side no longer than 1,024 pixels.

Every image needs one unique caption. Captionless or “No Caption”-named images, works with automatically generated captions by cameras as well as images named only with numbers or symbols, will not be accepted. Each and every image in a portfolio needs to be marked with a unique caption. There shall be no caption and information about the entrant on the surface of the images, and no mention of his/her name or other ID details in the caption. In addition to the caption of each work, there should be a brief description (within 100 words, including time, place, and key points of the event).

3. The photo(s) submitted shall be independently and solely completed by the entrant. Any entrant shall ensure that he/she has the independent, complete, clear and undisputed copyright for his/her works, and the works shall not infringe the legitimate rights and interests of any third party, including copyright, portraiture right, right of reputation, right of privacy, etc.

4. Photo(s) for the documentary category shall not be added or deleted on the original files. Appropriate adjustment on tone and brightness is acceptable, provided that any such editing does not compromise the authenticity and genuineness of the photo(s). Colored photo(s) can be converted to black and white (or monochrome) completely (not partially).

5. Using all or part of the images obtained from other people’s works through any technical methods is strictly prohibited. All the responsibilities should be on the entrant in case any dispute occurs as a result of violation of the foregoing.

6. Photos that portray or include inappropriate and/or offensive contents (including but not limited to those that may severely mislead the public cognition and those deceptive or contrary to laws, cultural and/or public morals, traditions and practices) are strictly prohibited and will be immediately disqualified.

7. Solemnly declared: the organizer reserves the right to disqualify the entrant(s) as a result of copyright problems and other serious offenses. Violators, if already awarded, will be deprived of their certificates and the violations will be made public through media. If the violations are especially serious, the entrant(s) shall be banned from all future exhibitions organized by the CPA for two years or more.

8. Special note: entrants whose works are chosen for exhibition under the documentary category shall submit the original files (original digital files or negatives) for expert verification and exhibition photo printing. The negatives will be returned. The original images should be files taken with cameras, mobile phones, tablet devices or other photographic equipment without being processed by software. They shall also include complete original data such as camera information, shooting time and relevant parameters. Failure in providing the required original files within time granted will be deemed as a waiver of eligibility.

V. Category definition

1. Documentary: this category accepts works that objectively record social life, natural and ecological environment, as well as folk customs. News photography, special report photography, social documentary photography and natural documentary photography, etc. are all welcomed.

2. Artistic: this category accepts works that express aesthetic interest and depict the inner world. Photos may capture cultural landscape, folk customs, portrait, still life, as well as fauna and flora. With no limits placed on creation techniques, creative, conceptual and experimental images are all acceptable.

VI. Awards

1. A total of 120 works will be selected and put on exhibition, with 60 coming from the Documentary category and another 60 from the Artistic category. All the chosen entrants will be awarded with certificates.

2. Awards for Outstanding Organizers: a total of 10 groups and individuals who make remarkable contributions to this exhibition will be granted with the Awards for Outstanding Organizer.

The committee reserves the right to make proper adjustment to the above awards. Vacancies resulting from any disqualification of winners and finalists due to violations of the rules will not be filled.

VII. Judging

The committee will invite prestigious Chinese and foreign photographers to form a jury and review all the entries that comply with the contribution rules one by one following the principles of fairness and impartiality.

VIII. Related matters

1. Photo(s) chosen by the exhibition can work as application point for the membership of the CPA.

2. The results will be announced on for 7-day publicity in October, 2021. A special mailbox will open for real-name reporting during the publicity. The final results will be announced on the CPA website and the affiliated media.

3. All the entrants whose works are shown at the exhibition will receive a picture album of the exhibition.

4. Upon entering the exhibition, entrants grant to the Organizers in copyright term the license to reproduce, publish, display, perform, and distribute online your photo for promotional events, without further compensation to entrants.

5. Submission of an entry constitutes agreement to these rules. Any breach of the rules will lead to the disqualification of the entrant.

6. The Organizing Committee reserves the right of final interpretation on this notice and the related matters of the exhibition.

7. Contact:

Organizing Committee of Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition 2021

Tel: 86-755-25583587

Fax: 86-755-82665813

Organizing Committee

Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition 2021

May 2021

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