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‘Making Music’ Photo Contest!

Voting is now closed and you have chosen your winner! Find out who won.


‘Making Music’ Photo Contest!

Voting is now closed and you have chosen your winner! Find out who won.


Update 2012/06/21: And that’s it, the poll is now closed! Thanks for voting on our ten finalists. We can now announce that the winner is Martine Marras, with 65% of the vote! We’ll be contacting the participants with regards to prizes via email soon.

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Update 2012/06/12: We’re back! I’m sure the suspense has been unbearable. As you can see, our guest judge Matthew Niederhauser has performed the unenviable task of narrowing down some superb entries to a final 10. Overall, we received 50 entries, again coming from all corners of the globe (and some featuring scenes that we struggled to relate to China), so thank you to everyone who entered! Please take a look at Matt’s picks below and vote for your favorite. The voting period will be extended until noon on Thursday June 21.

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Update 2012/05/29: It’s that time folks––the contest is now officially closed. But don’t go away just yet, check back in the coming days to see if you made it to the top slots! Our 10 finalists are in store for some great prizes, but in the meantime, thanks to everyone who took time to send us their work. You rock!

Update 2012/05/15: The first wave of entries are in! See the gallery below for examples of the kind of things we’re looking for. Thanks to all the entrants so far, and keep your submissions coming – anything China music-related is welcome!

In honor of our upcoming music issue – not to mention the recent tidal wave of summer music festivals – the next photo contest theme is “Making Music.” This could mean anything from headbanging Chinese metal bands to old-school guzheng players, so long as your photograph bears some relation to an aspect of China’s musical landscape.

Have a look at our previous photo contest for an idea of how it went down last time.

We’re proud to announce that Chinese rock photographer Matthew Niederhauser will serve as judge for the competition.  In addition to his rock photography, Niederhauser is known for his work in publications like The New Yorker, National Geographic, The New York Times and more. You can see his work at mdnphoto.com.

Our guest judge will help narrow down your entries to 10 finalists, which will then be put to public vote on the website to find the ultimate winner. The 10 finalists will then be published in the Kaleidoscope section of the Music Issue of the magazine, to be published in July. Prizes for the 10 finalists and ultimate winner include copies of Niederhauser’s photo book, “Sound Kapital,” as well as autographed cds and vinyl by some of China’s top bands including Carsick Cars, PK14, Hedgehog, Hanggai, Buyi and more. Read on for rules and deadlines.



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 are limited to three photographs per person. Digital editing is allowed.


Entries can be emailed to twocmag2011@gmail.com from April 26 onwards and the deadline for submissions is May 28.

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 May 28. Finalists will be announced on or before June 4. Public voting for the final winner will then be open until June 11, and the public’s decision announced by June 15.

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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为了迎接我们下期的 “音乐”专题,加上最近接二连三的夏日音乐节,《汉语世界》正在举办一个以“创作音乐”为主题的摄影比赛。作品题材不限,可以是表现中国金属乐队的,也可以是表现传统的古筝演奏者的,只要你的作品和中国音乐有关系。

我们很自豪地宣布,中国摇滚摄影师Matthew Niederhauser将担任此次比赛的评委。我们的特邀评委将选出十张决赛作品,然后由公众投票选出最终获胜者。入围决赛的作品将刊登在我们下期杂志的“镜像中国”栏目。决赛入围者还将获赠Niederhauser的摄影集“Sound Kapital,” 以及中国顶级乐队包括Carsick Cars、PK14、刺猬、杭盖和布衣的CD和唱片。










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