Young Photographers’ Competition – Winners


We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2021 Young Photographers’ Competition, open to UK students of Chinese aged 18 and under. The aim of the competition was to dispel the cultural stereotypes of China through photography and show the vast country through the eyes of young people.

Entrants were able to enter their work in any of five themes, shown in the headings below. These themes were designed to give pupils ideas on how they could explore Chinese culture whilst in the UK. We asked them demonstrate engagement with their chosen theme in their work and encouraged them to be creative and inventive. Many entrants rose to the challenge, making it difficult to pick the winners.

We’d like to thank everyone that entered this competition and those that supported them in doing so, for example their schools and families. We also thank the Chinese Embassy for generously supporting this year’s competition.

Please hover your cursor over the images to see the creator of each work.

Chinese Community and Friends

My Chinese Studies

Characters of China (under 14s only)

Chinese Design at Home

Chinese Stories


The winning photos shown above will be on display from now until late May in the North Cloisters on the UCL Main Campus, Gower St, London WC1E 6AE.

If you have any questions about this year’s competition, or future years’, please contact Kate Wilson at

To see winners from previous years, please use the links below:

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners