Announcing: The SupChina Photo Contest

UPDATE: The photo contest has ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We will announce the winners shortly.

Good images tell a good story. They can transport us to another place or evoke strong emotions even as we sit at home. They can create atmosphere, mood, disposition. They help viewers understand and feel something that is happening, and can sometimes convey, in a blink, layers of complexity and nuance.

We at SupChina strive to tell a complicated story, about a multifaceted country that is impossible, at any one time, to pinpoint. There’s no need for us to do it alone. We’re launching this SupChina Photo Contest because we want to get your China story, to see how you see this country. All perspectives are welcome, from rural to urban, local to foreign, inland to coastal. Most importantly, we’re looking for stories, told visually. Tell us something.

How: Send 1-3 photos to Please include a caption with some essential information, including:

  • WHERE was the photo taken?
  • WHAT is happening in the picture?
  • WHEN was it taken?
  • What inspired the photo?

The caption doesn’t have to be long, but we wouldn’t mind if you told us more rather than less.

Deadline: August 15


Grand prize: $150 + a year of free membership to SupAccess

First prize (3): A year of free membership to SupChina Access

Second prize (6): One month of membership to SupAccess


This contest is free to enter. You must be the owner of the photographs submitted (i.e., must be the copyright holder or have been authorized to submit by the copyright holder). Please only send photos that have not previously appeared on commercial websites or publications.

By submitting, you grant SupChina permission to publish your photo across its platforms, with full credit via a personal byline. You will retain copyright of your work.

Please send unwatermarked photos whose shortest side is at least 800px. JPEG is preferable.

Polyptychs and stitched-together panoramas will likely not win.

The judges will be our editors (Jia Guo, Anthony Tao, Lucas Niewenhuis, Jiayun Feng, Jeremy Goldkorn) plus Michael Yamashita, a former longtime National Geographic photographer — all of the images on this post were taken by him — whose Photo of the Day can be seen on SupChina.

Send 1-3 photos to before the contest deadline of August 15. Good luck!