Photos are Bath Time by Elke Martini and World Expo Construction (世博建筑) by Yilong Design
Month three of the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion photo competition has just been completed and the newest winners have been announced. The People’s Photo Archive Campaign runs through April 2010 and is aimed at showcasing the Expo’s goal of “Better City. Better Life”. This month’s winners featured a bunch of new names, with the themes of ordinary people and everyday lives coming to the forefront:
German shutterbug Elke Martini was in the top three this month with her unique family scene photo depicting a mother taking bath of her baby in a Shikumen house on Julu Lu near Xiangyang Lu. Elke said “Shanghai is a great place to take pictures. There is so much to see and even after spending five years in the city.”
Visual designer Yu Jialong is passionate about strolling the streets, especially at night when the streets are lit up with lights, to take his photos. His winning photo showed a group of construction workers taking sleep on an overpass bridge, and he has a moving story to tell: “Expo is what keeps me focused and never give up after I moved to the city to start my own business years ago. One day, after my night-time photography work, I ran across these migrant workers sleeping on the overpass. They told me they did so because they want to save so they can go back to build and make their hometowns as beautiful as Shanghai.”
Liu Dingxin, another top 10 winner this month, is a retired senior local citizen who devotes his time to taking and uploading photos for the People’s Archive campaign, spending on average three hours a day at his task. His winning work is a black and white close-up of a boy’s eyes, full of great hope and expectation. So far, Liu has uploaded nearly 700 photos to Shanghai Corporate Pavilion’s photo campaign website.
Congratulations to the winners – their photos give us a look at everyday life that we sometimes fail to notice as we get caught up in our busy schedules. Check out the previous winners for August and September here.
And If you’re out and about with your camera, snap a photo and submit it to the campaign through their website and maybe we’ll be talking about you next month.