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Huang Jianjun / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Huang Jianjun / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

Take a virtual tour of China through these award-winning photographs

From ancient sheep roads to towering shipyards, the Global SinoPhoto Awards capture the country in all its splendour

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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Sure, the buns look pretty tasty. But it’s the extra details that make this image so captivating. Just look at the deep red of the robes. The faint neon lights behind the steam. The textured overflow of the steaming containers. The photo has layers and layers of intrigue.

While much of the world is opening up for international travel, China is still pursuing its ‘zero-Covid’ policy and remains strictly off limits. It looks incredibly unlikely that we’ll be able to travel to the country anytime soon, and the above snap really reminds us of what we’re missing.

But Sinophiles can still tour China – in a way – by browsing the winners of the Global SinoPhoto Awards. The second annual edition of the competition celebrates the full breadth of China’s culture, wildlife and landscapes. The photos are on display in Bath, England, at the Museum of East Asian Art from February 16 to May 14 2022. Here are a few of our faves:

‘Bus’ by Arek Rataj

Arek Rataj / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Arek Rataj / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Seeking’ by Huang Jianjun

Huang Jianjun / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Huang Jianjun / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘The Shipyard’ by Jiang Xinhe

Jiang Xinhe / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Jiang Xinhe / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Dancing Dreams of a Mountain Girl’ by Li Huaifeng

Li Huaifeng / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Li Huaifeng / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Shadow Puppets’ by Li Jianping

Li Jianping / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Li Jianping / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Micro World’ by Wen Dong

Wen Dong / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Wen Dong / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Seasonal Sea’ by Yang Tongyu

Yang Tongyu / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Yang Tongyu / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Two Ice Creams’ by Yevhen Samuchenko

Yevhen Samuchenko / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Yevhen Samuchenko / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Eroded Oasis’ by Yu Qiyong

Yu Qiyong / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Yu Qiyong / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

‘Shepherd on an Ancient Road’ by Zhao Jinli

Zhao Jinli / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021
Photograph: Zhao Jinli / Global SinoPhoto Awards 2021

Looking for more epic photography? Take a look at the incredible winners of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022.

Plus: this majestic elephant is among the winning snaps at the Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

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