From October 21 to 25, 2017, "Tour Naiman Photo Naiman", a large-scale gathering of Chinese and foreign photographers, successfully concluded the Naiman Banner in Inner Mongolia, China.

The event was jointly organized by the Naiman Banner Government in Inner Mongolia, the Naiman Banner Photographers Association, China Photo Press and Shangtuf Image and Art Club in collaboration with the Global Photographic Union (GPU), bringing together GPU members from 12 countries, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Serbia, United Arab Emirates (UAE),China, etc.

Along with the honored guests, more than 500 photographers gathered at Neiman to create an unprecedented gathering of photography and witness the ever-changing Desert Pearl-Charming Naiman.

Group photo of all Chinese and foreign photographers who attend  Naiman event
Group photo of all Chinese and foreign photographers who attend Naiman event

Suo Jiulin, Advisor of China Photographers Association, was invited to give a photo lecture at the event. Other guests invited by the festival are Fang Huanran, Vice President of China Photo Press, Manolis Metzakis, chairman of the Global Photographic Union (GPU) and its board members, Zhong Yonghe, CPA Council member and Chief photographer of Taiwan politician Ma Ying-jeou, Wula Khan, chairman of the Inner Mongolia Photographers' Association, and Wang Zuoyu and Wang Zhenping, winner of the famous Chinese Photography Awards. Please refer to the attachment for a complete list of honored guests at the festival.

Li Ge, Chairman of the China Photographers Association, who was unable to attend the event for some reason, met with the President of GPU and its board members in Beijing after the event. He expressed his belief that the two sides will maintain contact and cooperate with each other to promote Chinese photography at international level.

The president of China Photographers Association Mr.Ge Li(2nd left),met  GPU president Manolis  Metzakis (2nd right),GPU General Secretary Marija Milovanovi Maksimovi  (1st left) and GPU Board member Ms. Guo Jing(1st right in Beijing
The president of China Photographers Association Mr.Ge Li(2nd left),met GPU president Manolis Metzakis (2nd right),GPU General Secretary Marija Milovanovi Maksimovi (1st left) and GPU Board member Ms. Guo Jing(1st right in Beijing.

Collaborating with the Global Photographic Union (GPU),this event closely follows the trend of this era, focusing on the demands of cross-border communication of photography and culture, taking opportunities to use local ecological resources of Naiman Banner and organize photography related activities, such as international photographic conferences, photographic lectures, exhibitions of works, photo excursion, etc, so that the art of photography evolves and innovates in the development of exchange.

Inauguration

At the launching ceremony, GPU announced the establishment of a photographic creation base at Naiman Banner and present the plaque of GPU Photographic Base to Naiman, which will facilitate the friendly exchange between the two sides through photography, which will boost its tourism industry in turn, and promote tourism of Naiman at international level.

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony
Banner secretary Mr. Hua Zhang received  plaque from GPU regarded Naiman Banner as photography creation base
Banner secretary Mr. Hua Zhang received plaque from GPU regarded Naiman Banner as photography creation base
The GPU President Manolis  Metzakis awarded Chinese photography agency with pins, flag, in  order to strengthen exchanges, promote friendship and develop together
The GPU President Manolis Metzakis awarded Chinese photography agency with pins, flag, in order to strengthen exchanges, promote friendship and develop together.

Exhibitions

High quality exhibitions are also highlight of this event. It is the 10th anniversary of GPU since its establishment, exhibitions by board members and award-winning photos of GPU members were displayed to celebrate this special occasion. All the exhibitions were collected by Naiman Banner Palace Museum. Meanwhile, selected from competition organized by Naiman Banner, 100 awards-winning photos depicts local custom and life of local people, were also shown at the festival. 

International Conference and its influence

GPU hold its boarding meeting during the festival. It is an honor for Naiman banner to host meeting for GPU for the first time in China. The introduction of a high-standard international photographic conference at Naiman Banner has draw widespread attention from the outside world, which will play an important role in enhancing its popularity and urban taste.

During the event, we also held the meeting of GPU members with its board members and visited Naiman Printmaking Artists’ studio and their exhibitions.

The GPU President Manolis  Metzakis (Left), the GPU GPU General Secretary Marija Milovanovi Maksimovi  (Right) were closely communicating
The GPU President Manolis Metzakis (Left), the GPU GPU General Secretary Marija Milovanovi Maksimovi (Right) were closely communicating.
The GPU President Manolis  Metzakis had a speech at meeting
The GPU President Manolis Metzakis had a speech at meeting
The vice president Calosi Claudio was  speaking
The vice president Calosi Claudio was speaking
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The GPU Governing Board Member Saeed Al Shamsi from UAE was speaking at meeting
The GPU Governing Board Member Freddy Laheye from Belgium was speaking at meeting
The GPU Governing Board Member Freddy Laheye from Belgium was speaking at meeting
GPU Governing Board meeting
GPU Governing Board meeting

Lectures by famous photographers

The event invited famous photographer Suo Jiulin who is a consultant to Chinese Photographers Association, to give a lecture to all the photographers who participated in this festival. He revealed in details the secret to the success of all the famous masterpieces, and gave a lecture on Explanation and Adaptation of Synesthesia in Photographic Art. Citing some of the most classical photography works, he illustrates main features of synaesthesia in photography and explores how to use "multi-sensory interoperability" it photographic creation. All the attendee learned a lot from this amazing lecture.

Famous photographer, consultant of China Photographer Association Mr. Jiulin Suo was having lecture
Famous photographer, consultant of China Photographer Association Mr. Jiulin Suo was having lecture.
After lecture, consultant of China Photographer  Association Mr. Jiulin Suo met with all GPU Governing Board members
After lecture, consultant of China Photographer Association Mr. Jiulin Suo met with all GPU Governing Board members

Thousands of Chinese and foreign photographers were invited to participate in "Tour Naiman and Photo NaiMan" photo tour event. It is a 5 day event for the photographers to capture the beauty of Naiman through their lens. In the meantime, they have the great opportunity to watch performance of local characteristic, Naiman Banner Ulan Mu riding performances, collective wedding at desert Mongolian and sports car performs in desert, bonfire party, rural shadow play, etc., to experience the unique and exciting local culture and to demonstrate its tremendous achievements in political, economic, cultural and social development.

As a language speaks cross borders, photography plays an increasingly prominent role in today's cultural exchange. This event, with its international influences, openness and universality, is an excellent opportunity for international photography and cultural exchange. Through its cooperation with GPU, an international photographic institute, Naiman Banner has the great opportunity to showcase its unique culture of beautiful landscape; in the meantime, it realizes the cross-border communication and exchange of photographic art to enhance the development of photography in China.

Chinese  and foreign photographers were taking photo in the desert
Chinese and foreign photographers were taking photo in the desert

 

List of guests who participated in“Tour Naiman and Photo NaiMan”Photo Tour Event

Suo Jiulin, Council member of China Photographers Association
Fang Huanran, Deputy Director of China Photo Press
Manolis Metzakis, GPU President
Zhong Yonghe, CPA Council member, Famous Taiwan Photographer, Chief photographer for Ma Ying-jeou
An Jianjun, Deputy General Secretary of Photography Association for National Development and Reform Commission
Wula Khan, President of Inner Mongolia Photographers Association
Wang Zhengping, China Photography Awards winner, and famous photographer
Wang Zuoyu, China Photography Awards winner, Member of Advisory board of Inner Mongolia Photography Association
Wang Jin, Vice President of Inner Mongolia Travel Photography, President of Tongliao Travel Photography Association
Yue Yang, Director of Event Department of China Photo Press
Claudio Calosi, GPU Vice President
Marija Milovanović Maksimović, GPU General Secretary
Freddy Laheye, GPU Board member
Saeed Al Shamsi, GPU Board member
Guo Jing, GPU Board member, Art Advisor of Shangtuf Image and Art Club
Jack Goh, President of Singapore International Salon
Majdi Naser Al Naser, President of Gulf Photography Association, Saudi Arab
Mauro Agnesoni, President Siena Photography Association, Italy
Bysack Subrata, GPU Representative in India
Lajos Nagy, Romanania photographer
John Coumbias, South Africa photographer
Dubois Steeve Philip, Mauritius photographer
Muna Al Zaabi, UAE photographer

The other photographers are from 14 cities in China, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Shandong...

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