IOE CI Young Photographers Competition

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Becky Gillan – People of China

In September 2014, the IOE Confucius Institute launched the Young Photographers’ Competition, to coincide with National Confucius Institute Day. Since its launch we have seen some excellent photography from students across the world. The aim of the competition is to dispel the cultural stereotypes of China through photography and show the vast country through the eyes of young people. Each year we include a home-based category which explores China’s relationship with the United Kingdom. The Young Photographers Competition is generously supported by the Chinese Embassy in London.

Please click here to see winners from previous years

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Amrit Chahil – China in Colour

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Henry Yue – China and her Food

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Sofia Gomez Millington – China at Home

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Julian Castro – Young China



2020 Categories

The categories for this year’s competition are:

  • Art Re-Imagined – Recreations of iconic China with objects and/ or people in your home
  • Masked – China opera masks – Portraits of you or friends and family in self-styled Chinese opera masks (Young China Under 14s)
  • Interconnectivity – Image of an item that has Chinese traditions
  • Made in China – Household objects that are manufactured in China made into a collage
  • Ready Steady Cook –Step by step photos of a Chinese meal (Portfolio of 5 photos)

Winning entries will hopefully be exhibited in a UCL building next year, depending on social distancing rules. The winning entries will also be displayed online on our website. There will also be prizes for the winners and runners-up in each category.


To take part, please sign up to our e-forum as this is where we will advertise.

Enter the competition by emailing your photos to

All entries must be received no later than Friday 18th December 2020. Please include your name, school and age with all entries.

The photography competition is open to anyone aged 18 years and under; entries will be exhibited in the main IOE building, with winning entries being given the opportunity to exhibit at another exciting venue in London. There are a range of prizes for winners and runners-up.