First place winner: 锻炼 (Exercise) by 色影无忌 (Seying Wuji)
The November winners for the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion‘s ongoing photo contest, The People’s Archive, have now been released… and this time, it seems that more people are now pulling out their old family photos (yay!).
Interestingly, out of the 11 winning photos, four are old “family album” photos dating back to 1980s or even 1960s, with vivid people portraits of the bygone era. Ms. Zhang Yan (Yansunyan545) uploaded a photo called “Dream” which showed a 1962 scene of her and her younger brother riding a rocket in a photo studio. And at that time, China was caught with severe draught which wrought mounting havoc its people. However, they are still optimistic about the future and they hope China can be technologically strong as other of the world’s leading powers, including the exploration of the outer space. Now, China has had its own astronauts working with the Shenzhou spaceship program and the dream has long been realized; Zhang Yan is retired but still volunteers for community work, and the brother is working as a senior engineer at a power company.
With the help of his daughter (melissa_wu78), Mr. Wu Dongliang submitted a photo of his mother and sister taken more than 50 years ago. In that photo, the young mother, a first generation labour union cadre after China’s liberation in 1949, was about to be sent to Beijing for official training. She smiles happily to the camera with her little daughter in her arm. “They are not aware that I’ve uploaded this photo, what an amazing experience it would be if I win and ultimately the photo can be part of the exhibition at Shanghai Corporate Pavilion, and my mother and sister, now in their 80s and 50s, respectively, can see it on their own at the pavilion!” said an excited Wu.
The first and second place spots went to “Exercise (锻炼)” by “色影无忌 (Color Shadow Wuji)” and the aforementioned “Dream (梦想)” by Zhang Yan.
Since the campaign was launched in July, 8037 photos have been submitted. But that doesn’t mean their databases are too crowded for anybody else with a camera and a dream. They’ll be taking new submissions until April 2010.
Check out previous month’s winners here.
Eleven netizens were honoured for contributing outstanding photos, and since the campaign was launched in July, a total of 8037 photos have been submitted.