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‘Faces of China’: We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Benjamin Eagle, whose portrait captured nearly half the votes in our photo competition


Update 2012/09/04: Here is video presentation of many amazing photos from our “Faces of China” photo contest shown at the ongoing Doc Brazil Festival:

For those of you outside of China, here is the presentation on our YouTube channel:

Update 2012/04/29: Moving on our new “Making Music” photo competition is up and running, just in time for the festivals kicking off all over China this spring. Check out details of prizes and entry criteria here!

Update 2012/04/19: After weeks of breathless anticipation, the votes are tallied and the results of the “Faces of China” photo contest are in!

Congratulations are due to Benjamin Eagle, who took a whopping 47% of the votes to win the top prize for his photograph of a monk painting a fan in the glowing sunlight of Yangshuo.

Eagle visited China in June 2010, traveling overland from Beijing to Shanghai over the course of six weeks. In Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonoumous Region, he met a man by the name of Daishen who was painting fans with a brush secured to what remained of one of his arms. Daishen lost that arm and his leg in a car accident and joined a monastery as he was unable to work, according to this article about him. There, he learned calligraphy and began to support himself with his works, while also finding the time and the determination to log 10,000 kilometers on his bike between Dalian and Dali.

Second place in the photo contest was secured by Mattia Vacca, whose image portraying the daily life of the Wa ethnic minority in Weng Ding village secured 15% of the votes.

Third place, with 10% of the vote, went to Francisco Little’s sweet image entitled “Kiss.”

Hearty congratulations go out to all the winners, as well as great thanks to all who participated.

Did you miss the chance to send in your photos? Lucky for you, The World of Chinese is pleased to reveal the theme of our next photo contest, “Making Music.” Interpret the theme as you will, the only requirement is that the image must have been taken in China and be a reflection of Chinese culture. Check back soon for the official announcement and prize details!

Update 2012/04/16: The poll is now closed. Thank you to all who voted, we had almost 500 people vote for their top entry, and we’ll announce the result later this week once we’ve contacted the winner. We’ll also unveil the criteria and prizes for our next competition, so watch out for posts on social media or check the homepage for updates.

Update 2012/04/07: We’re delighted to announce that we have selected the 10 finalists in our “Faces of China” photo contest! The editors whittled down nearly 200 entries to a final 50, before passing them over to photojournalist and author Tom Carter to select his top 10.

We have uploaded his top 10 entries into the gallery below for you to vote for your favorites in the poll on this page. We have marked the contestant’s name and, if submitted, added a short description of the image itself in the poll below. We hope you enjoy the photos and want to express our thanks to all those who submitted entries – we really enjoyed reviewing them and also have plans in the works to showcase all the entries in tandem with media partners later in the year!   

Voting in the poll will remain open until April 14, when we will announce the final winner, who will receive the Holga camera and a free copy of Tom Carter’s book, China: Portrait of a People.



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The voting is now closed. Check back later in the week to see the results!



The judging panel will select 10 entries as finalists and our readers will then vote on the ultimate winner via our website and social media.

The winner’s image will be printed in the 2012 May issue and they will receive a fantastic Holga 135BC 35mm film camera, as well as an annual subscription to the magazine. All finalists will receive a free copy of the May issue, and the nine runners-up will receive book sets that will include Commercial Press and The World of Chinese titles.


Entries may be submitted in any format, including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically. Please try to avoid submitting watermarked photos as they may interfere with reposting the image.

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.


Entries can be emailed from March 8 onwards and the deadline for submissions is March 31.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (for example with a paragraph about their photo, the highest resolution version of their photo, or a watermark-free version of their photo) anytime on or after March 31. Finalists will be announced on or before April 7. Public voting for the final winner will then be open until April 14, and the public’s decision announced by April 27.

The World of Chinese reserves the right to adjust any deadlines as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable. You only grant The World of Chinese rights (as described below) to your photograph if you are selected as a finalist. If your photograph is selected as a finalist, you grant The World of Chinese a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the photograph on the Internet in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in The World of Chinese’s non-commercial communications.
  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, and the like.
  • Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to twocmag2011@gmail.com

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