The 2021 China-Africa video and photo competition was officially launched on Friday.
The competition, jointly sponsored by the Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and China International Publishing Group (CIPG), seeks to enhance mutual understanding between Chinese and Africans, the organizers said.
This year’s theme is “Friendship in Focus, Together for Future.” The collection of works will start from May 21 to July 20. Online voting and expert evaluation of shortlisted works will begin on Aug. 1.
“The competition collects videos and photos from Chinese and African people and institutions,” the organizers said in a statement. “The winning works will be displayed at the awards ceremony and promoted through mainstream media in China and Africa.”
Video entries are divided into two categories — micro-videos of 30 seconds to 1 minute and short videos of one to five minutes.
The competition runs through September when the awards ceremony will be held.
The launch ceremony was attended by Lu Cairong, Vice President of CIPG, Wu Peng, Secretary-General of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC and Director General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Martin Mpana, Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, and Ambassador of Cameroon to China, Daniel Owassa, Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to China, Charles E. Namondwe, Ambassador of Malawi to China, Tania S. Y. Romualdo, Ambassador of Cabo Verde to China, Dhia Khaled, Ambassador of Tunisia to China, Maria Gustava, Ambassador of Mozambique to China, Li Yafang, President of BEIJING REVIEW, Piet Rampedi, Editor of Pretoria News of Independent Media Group of South Africa, and Daniel Oloo, a Kenyan student at the Communication University of China.
“In the history of traditional friendship between China and Africa, stories of mutual understanding can always touch people’s hearts regardless of time and distance,” Lu Cairong, Vice President of CIPG, said in his speech at the ceremony.
Lu said he hopes that the competition would see extensive participation and unveil moving stories about China-Africa friendship and collaboration from various perspectives. He stressed the value of creativity and originality in video and photo works and that of a down-to-earth manner in telling appealing stories.
“I hope that more people from Africa and China will participate in this competition to capture the vivid images of China-Africa practical cooperation and friendly exchanges,” he said.