To find and implement effective and human-centered solutions to China's urbanization, UCI hosts the Annual Photo Contest to encourage citizens to record memorable moments of China's urbanization.
The 2016 UCI photo contest chose “Inclusive Cities” as its theme. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11 calls for “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” cities. Over the past three decades, about 260 million rural migrants moved to China’s cities. By 2030, up to 70 percent of all Chinese will live in cities. Building inclusive cities remains a challenge.
The 2016 UCI Photo Contest invited submissions in three categories: Creativity, People and Places. The panel of judges consisted of LI Ge, Vice President of the Photojournalist Society of China and Director of the Photo Department of People’s Daily; XU Jingxing, Director of the Photo Department of China Daily; and Jason Lee of Reuters.
The panel selected the first, second and third prize winners under each category and also 10 pieces of photographic work for the Excellence Awards.
Dedicated to finding and implementing effective solutions to China’s urbanization challenge, UCI also encourages professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts to record memorable moments of China’s urbanization.
“We are privileged to participate in the 2016 UCI Photo Contest. I am particularly pleased to see that the winning photos reflect the diversity of people that live and work in China’s cities, such as migrant workers, waste collectors, small business owners and the elderly. Cities should be inclusive and ensure equal opportunities and services for all people so that everyone can share the benefits of urbanization and economic growth,” said Bert Hofman, World Bank Country Director for China.
“The 2016 UCI Photo Contest is a direct and in-depth presentation of the cities and people under the context of China’s urbanization. It gives more exposure for the diverse aspects of urbanization, inspiring people’s thinking on and passion for China’s urbanization process. We are happy to participate in the 2016 UCI Photo Contest. We hope the contest will continue to bring positive impact on China's urbanization,” said LI Ge, 2016 UCI Photo Contest expert reviewer, Director of the Photo Department of People’s Daily and Vice President of the China Photographers Association.
View the winning photos: http://www.urbanchinainitiative.org/en/content/details_112_62239.html
The winning photos can also be viewed through the official websites of the two partner organizations.
The Urban China Initiative (UCI) is a joint initiative of Columbia Global Centers| East Asia, the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University, and McKinsey & Company. Its mission is to catalyze the next stage of China’s urbanization by developing and piloting effective and innovative solutions to China’s urbanization challenges. It aims to evolve into an independent public-private think tank focusing on China’s urbanization issues.
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The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. It consists of five institutions: the World Bank, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA); the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Working together in more than 100 countries, these institutions provide financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org , www.miga.org , and www.ifc.org .
Previous Contest WinnersMore
Date and Location: Ciqikou, Chongqing (2013)
Description: Cities are in transformation. With the destruction of buildings comes the loss of the communities that once called them home. In the process, people themselves are abandoned. In this picture, we meet an elderly woman who has already been abandoned by her children. This place is her lifelong home, both physically and mentally. There is a need to reflect on the causes of the misery that this woman has had to endure. The interests of vulnerable groups should be taken into account in China's urbanization. This particular photographer shoots in order to document the destruction and to share the stories of those affected by it.Demolition First Prize
Date and Location: Zhengzhou, Henan Province (January 20th, 2014)Description: The Zhengxin Yellow River Bridge is not only the longest bridge across this river, but also the first supersized highway-railway bridge in Henan Province. Here the photographer captures the stream of traffic as the stars shine overhead.Spanning the Night Sky First Prize
Date and Location: Nanchang, Jiangxi Province (May 9th, 2011)
Description: The city of Nanchang baths in the light of the setting sun. The Yangtze River flows in the foreground like a golden ribbon enveloping the city.The Light of the Metropolis First Prize
Date and Location: Haiyin Bridge, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province (July 7th, 2010)Description: Although far away from home, these constructions workers share a laugh as they work on the construction of the Haiyin Bridge in Guangzhou.Happy Migrant Workers Second Prize
Description: As the last train departs the station, a lone dancer embraces the deserted platform.Motion Second Prize
Date and Location: Lujiazui Area, Shanghai (July 2nd, 2013)Descripption: Lujiazui Area, Shanghai’s central business district, beams throughout the night. At times, residents may find it hard to discern night from day.Downtown Shanghai First Prize