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Obscure buildings put in the frame

HUNDREDS of photographers gathered in the city yesterday to hear the results of a nationwide competition to capture images of China's lesser-known historic buildings.

The online competition, organized by Tongji University and historical building conversation protection groups, received 10,300 photographs from competitors in 20 provinces and cities in the past four months.

"The discovery of those buildings can help experts better understand their cultural values and conduct emergency protection," said Wang Anshi, an architecture protection expert who organized the first nationwide Photography Competition of Historical Building Conservation.

Wang highlighted the prize for the discovery of little-known historical buildings as a way to involve local residents and the government in their conservation.

The gold medal prize, announced at a historic, protected building on Wukang Road, Xuhui District yesterday morning, went to Jiang Minglin, a professional photographer from Yunnan Province, for his piece "House of Lisu Clan."

His work documented the unique wooden houses built by Yunnan's minority ethnic group Lisu. But there were mixed feelings for Jiang, for he said many buildings he had photographed over the years later disappeared due to lack of protection.

"I fear that next time I go to the clan, the wooden house might have disappeared and been replaced by concrete houses," said Jiang.

Zhang Yunbang, another organizer, said the next competition would likely be held next August.

Entries will be exhibited until October 30 at No. 393 Wukang Road, from 9am to 5pm. Details are available at in Chinese.


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