Last week saw the visit of Chinese President, Hu Jintao, to the United States. The visit sparked an online flurry of activity around everything Chinese. As the world wakes up to the looming, unavoidable realisation that China is here and here to stay, more and more people are focusing their attention on the Middle Kingdom and are striving to learn more about it.
One of my stated aims with my photography and this blog is try and assist people in their understanding of China and act as a window into this deeply mysterious and fascinating country. This week, I thought I would be fun to focus on those that I have photographed, in particular a number of Chinese celebrities that I have had the opportunity to meet and take pictures of, since I have been in China. The question is: How well do you know your Chinese celebrities?
All you need to do is take a look at the 5 pictures in this post and correctly identify who they are. They all come from quite diverse areas of Chinese culture including politics, education, sport etc but they all have the same thing in common in that they are very very well known here in China. Once you think you know who they are, write a list of their names in the comment section below. The first person to answer all 5 correctly (or closest to 5) will win a signed 9″x6″ print of this image. Easy as that!
N.B.1. I’m afraid this competition is only open to non-Chinese. I am very much an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory, fair play photographer BUT I think this will be too easy for Chinese people! Don’t worry, I will run some future competitions which will be completely open to all.
N.B.2 In finding images for this competition I realised that I have photographed very few famous Chinese women, none that are famous on a national level anyway. This is why all the images are of Chinese men. Again, I am an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory photographer(!)….it’s just the way my assignments have fallen in the past few years. I hope this changes and rectifies the balance soon!
N.B.3. Print will be sent via China Post, regular service. Delivery times may vary depending on winner location. Delivery outside of China may take between 1-3 weeks. Winner will be contacted directly to confirm details.