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2009 Theme and Awards

2008-12-29 15:55:02

The 5th China International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP2008) is to be held in Shanghai¡¯s Songjiang District from March 21 to 25, 2009. Thirteen professionals who are highly regarded in the photo circles in China and from around the world will get together and decide the winning entries

All entries should center on the theme of peace and development, reflecting achievements and conflicts, changes and progress, and displaying life conditions, emotions, willpower and strength of the subjects.
The contest is open to photojournalists and photographers around the world. It provides a platform to communicate with visual images, an opportunity to witness the big moments as well as ordinary days in 2008. Through the contest, participants may do their part in promoting photojournalism.

The contest looks to entries with a wide outlook, acute observation, excellent techniques, honest reflection and powerful visual impact. Entries are judged by the following criteria:
Authentic and reflect the theme of the contest;
Impressive images and powerful visual impact;
With concise and clear caption;
Clearly and properly categorized.

Participants are invited to compete in 8 categories for one gold, one silver, one bronze award as well as two awards of excellence. There are awards for both singles and stories in each category. Above all, there will be one prime prize called the Picture of the Year selected. The 8 categories are:

Daily Life (DL & DLS)
War & Disaster News (WDN & WDNS)
General News (GN & GNS)
Economy, Science and Technology News (ESTN & ESTNS)
Nature & Environment News(NEN & NENS)
Arts, Culture & Entertainment News(ACEN & ACENS)
Sports News(SN & SNS)
Portraits & People in the News (POPN & POPNS)

All who take part in judging and related work is required to treat the judging process with utmost secrecy. No information is allowed to reveal to the public before the press conference announcing results by the organizing committee. The committee will also arrange time for media interviews when time is right.
Judging is carried out both on digitalized photos and prints by juries through discussion, anonymous e-voting, voting by show of hands and other procedures.
All awards except the Picture of the Year are selected on digitalized photos through four rounds of voting. Five from all entries are to be picked out and go for gold, silver, bronze and awards of excellence according to votes. Gold-award-winning single images and photo stories will compete for the Picture of the Year award.

Results are confidential until being announced by the chairman of the judging panel in an official press conference. All awards will be displayed on print media or websites for two weeks. If there is no objection proceeds in between, the Organizing Committee will formally issue the awards.
The Organizing Committee and the Judging Panel insist authenticity from entries and require avoidance of conflict interest from its members and working staff. If any participant is found in violation of the judging rules, he or she will be disqualified from the contest. The same is true of any participants who are in the breach of professional ethics, and their names will be announced to the public. Members of the Organizing Committee and the Judging Panel and their lineal relatives are not allowed to participate in the contest.

An important change of this year¡¯s contest is that the prize award night will be held in a simple but grand manner, without performance show as in previous years. The award night will also kick off the first CHIPP visual arts workshop, giving participants opportunities to interact with prominent experts and prize-winning photographers.