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Getting up close with top shutterbugs

AN international photography festival opens today, offering portfolio evaluation and extended talks with top Chinese photographers. Wang Jie reports.

Amateur photographers, professionals, students and everyone who loves a great image are expected to attend the first World Photography Festival and Exhibition opening today at 18 Gallery inside Bund 18.

The exhibition running through Saturday will showcase the winning images from the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards, the Student Focus Program, UNICEF, A Photo Pledge for Children's Rights and a selection of past Sony winners.

Highlights will include a special portfolio workshop and critique (anyone can have a portfolio evaluated for 20 minutes), a multi-media seminar and discussions with veteran photographers such as Rong Rong and Yao Lu.

The idea is to "learn, master and market." The event, open to professionals, amateurs and students, is the first of four new annual international festivals created by the World Photography Organization.

The event will give photographers the opportunity to learn from the experts and master their photography as a business.

A series of talks and presentations will be held by Chinese and international industry experts including: Chen Guangjun (director of Gallery 798, Beijing), Ruth Eichhorn (GEO Magazine), Chang He (deputy director of Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post), Rong Rong (photographer and associate professor, School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing).

"The interesting part is not only the stunning pictures, but also the series of seminars and discussions by renowned photographers and critics," said Tina Zheng, the event's spokeswoman.

"The World Photography Festival is like a big party for those who love photography, whether he or she is a professional or amateur."

Date: October 14-16, 11am-11pm

Address: 4/F, 18 Zhongshan

Rd E1

October 15

2:30-3:30pm - Photographers' Studio

Chen Guangjun interviews photographer Yao Lu.

October 16

1-2:30pm - Photographer's Studio

Critic Gu Zheng interviews Rong Rong, founding director of Three Shadows Art Center.

3:30-5pm - "Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842 - Today"

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing and noted Chinese contemporary art critic Karen Smith present their recently published photo books about Shanghai.

6-8pm - iStockphoto Guerrilla Station

The iStockphoto team invites everyone to a live shoot.


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