A photographer is taking snapshots outside the south gate of Pingyao. During the 2009 Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) thousands of photographers from different parts of the world gathered together. Besides enjoying the beautiful photography exhibitions, visitors are also recording the life of this city. [Photo: Xinhuanet]
A week long "2009 Pingyao International Photography (PIP) Festival" opened on September 19th in Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province, people.com.cn reports.
Held for the eighth time, this year's festival showcases more than 20,000 photography works by some 1,200 photographers from 46 countries and regions, including those from China.
Exhibitions to the festival have been divided into five major categories and are displayed in nine areas. Among 150 various themed exhibitions, 38 are from overseas. The photography awards this time have been increased to include 14 prizes.
With "Life & Dreams" as the main theme of the 2009 festival, it also includes an exhibition entitled "Footsteps of the People's Republic of China", which is a tribute to the 60th anniversary of new China.
Meanwhile, a variety of academic activities are also held during the festival. The theme forums, the conferences of curators and the training courses for young photographers provide a good interactive platform for photographers from home and abroad.
The festival was first established in 2001 in the ancient city of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The festival has become one of the world's largest photo exhibitions and attracts thousands of well-known photographers from all over the world.
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