About the event

Cities are thickly inhabited by memories. The process of the city development has been inscribed into the urban landscape: the renovation of an old building, the launch of a new railway, the creation of a green space, and the operation of an innovative public service……

To celebrate the 10th year of the Guangzhou Award, we called for photos under the theme of “Growing with the cities”and received more than 490 pieces from all over the world that show the infrastructure construction, changes and development, folk culture, and citizens’ daily life of global cities.

In collaboration with renowned photographers and representatives of the international organizations, we carefully selected photos from all submissions for our exhibitions online and offline.

Yannis Lewis

Angels Flight

Los Angeles, USA

Title: Angels Flight

Author: Yannis Lewis

Shot in: Los Angeles, USA

The Angels Flight of Los Angeles has a long history since the year of 1901. It stands between the modern skyscrapers, telling the story of time.

Cai Fuliang

Welcome Home, Our Heroines!

Beijing, China

Title: Welcome Home, Our Heroines!

Author: Cai Fuliang

Shot in: Beijing, China

On the afternoon of March 31, 2020, a medical team from Beijing consisting of 138 doctors and nurses who went to Hubei Province to help fighting Covid-19 made their triumph. At a press briefing on the prevention and control of Covid-19, the spokesperson for the Beijing Municipal Health Commission highlighted the medical team's achievements: a total of 345 Covid-19 patients were treated during 65 days with no team member getting infected.

Doumafis Lafontan

Graffiti Fashion Shows (GFS)

Boston, USA

Title: Graffiti Fashion Shows (GFS)

Author: Doumafis Lafontan

Shot in: Boston, USA

The Graffiti Fashion Shows (GFS) are a series of photos that were taken from 2019 to 2021 (before and during the Covid-19 pandemic) in neighborhoods throughout the City of Boston, MA, as a mean of highlighting the key role that the local artists play in mitigating gentrification of the inner-cities. Most importantly, GFS involves Street Arts, Fashion Shows, and Photography featuring Doumafis and Samareign, conceived to preserve the artworks in neighborhoods that are going through Urbanisation. 

Dou Yiming

The Nightscape of the Tang Paradise

Xi'an, China

Title: The Nightscape of the Tang Paradise

Author: Dou Yiming

Shot in: Xi'an, China

As night falls, viewing from the sky, the Tang Paradise (a large theme park near the city of Xi'an) and the surrounding skyscrapers form a unique picture of Xi’an, a mixture of the ancient and modern. In recent years, with the rapid development of Xi'an, the ancient gardens and architecture of the Tang Dynasty, which represent Xi'an's culture and history, have become beautiful scenery of the old city, perfectly integrated with the modern city. As a photojournalist, I travel through the city every day, recording the changes and development of the Qujiang New District with my camera.

Mohamamd Hasan Salavati

Water Play in Mellat Park

Mashhad, Iran

Title: Water Play in Mellat Park

Author: Mohamamd Hasan Salavati

Shot in: Mashhad, Iran

People enjoy their spare time in the Mellat Park – Mashhad, Iran

Fcrubin&Muginov Marat&Kazan Reporter

Construction of the “Ak Bars Arena” Stadium

Kazan, Russia

Title: Construction of the “Ak Bars Arena” Stadium

Author: Fcrubin&Muginov Marat&Kazan Reporter

Shot in: Kazan, Russia

The photos show the process of construction of the biggest stadium in Kazan during 2010to 2013 and when it’s over. This stadium means a lot for the cultural and sports industry of our city by becoming the venue for a large-scale opening and closing ceremonies of the XXVII World Summer Universiade 2013 and 45th World Championships of vocational skills WorldSkills 2019. In 2015, Kazan hosted 16th FINA World Aquatics Championships and for the first time in the history of this tournament, two temporary 50-meter pools were installed on the stadium field. Ak Bars Arena is the only football stadium in the world where 12 world swimming records have been set. The stadium is equipped with 45,000 seats; there is a restaurant, hotel, gym, shops. The stadium is the pride of the city of Kazan.

Liang Yuanhao

Inclusiveness and Coexistence

Guangzhou, China

Title: Inclusiveness and Coexistence

Author: Liang Yuanhao

Shot in: Guangzhou, China

The humaneness and inclusiveness of a city is evident in the way stray animals are treated.

Sourav Karmakar

Solar Power Plants


Title: Solar Power Plants

Author: Sourav Karmakar

Shot in: India

Solar Power is a fast-developing industry in India. The country's solar installed capacity reached 28.18 GW as of 31 March 2019. The Indian government had an initial target of 20 GW capacity for 2022, which was achieved four years ahead of schedule. In 2015 the target was raised to 100 GW of solar capacity (including 40 GW from rooftop solar) by 2022, targeting an investment of US$100 billion.

Bi Chuanxi

Harmonious Coexistence

Nanjing, China

Title: Harmonious Coexistence

Author: Bi Chuanxi

Shot in: Nanjing, China

This photo, showing a beautiful picture of the harmonious coexistence of human beings and birds, was taken in February 2021 at the Shijiu Lake Wetland in Lishui, Nanjing. With the rapid urban development of the Nanjing city, a cross-lake bridge was built followed by light rail across the Shijiu Lake Wetland. As the local government attaches great importance to the ecological protection of the waters here in the urban development process, the birds that come here to spend the winter and breed are unaffected (the photo shows the Pied Avocet). 

Chongqing Shibati Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Chongqing Shibati Old Street

Chongqing, China

Title: Chongqing Shibati Old Street

Author: Chongqing Shibati Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Shot in: Chongqing, China

The photos were taken at the Chongqing Shibati Old Street, which is an important corridor between the upper and lower half of Yuzhong, Chongqing, and one of the oldest streets in the main city of Chongqing. In the 1980s and 1990s, with the rapid development of Chongqing's economy, the upper half of the city was booming with high-rise buildings, while the buildings of the Shibati were old and dilapidated.

In 2009, the Chongqing Yuzhong District Government announced that the reconstruction of the Shibati would be carried out, and in 2021, thefirst phase of the reconstructed Shibati was officially opened to the public. It relies on Chongqing cultural tourism resources and integrated the development of modern cultural tourism industry, which becomes an international cultural tourism destination.

Wang Kunyuan

Urban Sonata

Nanjing, China

Title: Urban Sonata

Author: Wang Kunyuan

Shot in: Nanjing, China

The photos were taken in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province between June and July, 2022, all by aerial drone. The photos of five different areas of Nanjing's main city, captured through telephoto lens, show the fruitful results achieved by Nanjing in recent years in terms of urban construction, greening, cultural tourism and leisurefacilities, cultural relics protection, and so on, while developing its economy through the full utilization of limited urban land resources.

Most of these places are located by the Yangtse River, not far from where I live. In this way, I can say that I am a witness to the development and changes of these "scenery at the doorstep". I sincerely hope that my hometown will become more and more beautiful, and people's living conditions will become better and better.

Fig.1: Dongwu Stone City with a history of over 2,000 years.

Fig.2: A train theme park converted from the train ferry trestle of the Jinpu Railway in Republican China.

Fig.3: The Victory Memorial Hall of the People's Liberation Army crossing the river and the landscape bridge across the Qinhuai River.

Fig.4: The newly built large residential World Trade Bund New Town.

Fig.5: The Jiangsu Grand Theatre, the largest theater complex in Asia.

Brenda Turnnidge

Late 20th Century Development in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau

Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, China

Title: Late 20th Century Development in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau

Author: Brenda Turnnidge

Shot in: Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, China

Contemplating Redevelopment (Hong Kong)

I took this photograph on Bonham Strand in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. At that time, I was living just 10 minutes away. It was an exciting time for me as every week, almost every day, I witnessed new buildings mushrooming up and others being demolished. In my photographs I try to isolate an individual from the crowd and imagine what may be going on in their head. This photo won a prize in the British Journal of Photography’s 2020 awards and was exhibited at Arles the same year.

Contemplating the White Swan Hotel (Guangzhou)

I took this photograph in early 1984. A man, sitting alone is looking across the Pearl River towards the recently-built White Swan Hotel. I was standing on what was then wasteland, now the Zhou Tou Zui Park in Guangzhou’s Haizhu district. The White Swan Hotel is an iconic building in Guangzhou and a symbol of China’s reforms in the 1980s. From 1983 to 1984, I taught English for Management at the Sun Yat-sen University. In my spare time, I took photographs of this new China in transition. In 1987, my book Canton, Colour Photographs by Brenda Turnnidge was published. The book contains rare photo archives of this dynamic city.

Promise of a New Future (Macau)
I took this photograph on the corner of Rua do Campo in Macau, the street where I lived between 1985 and 1988 when I was teaching at the University of East Asia (the predecessor of the University of Macau). Since the time I took this photo, Macau has undergone rapid development and transformation. As one of the GBA cities, it will further develop as a new global Science and Technology innovation hub.

Ye Limin

Heart-warming Travels

Kunming, China

Title: Heart-warming Travels

Author: Ye Limin

Shot in: Kunming, China

The century-old Chinese railways are not what they used to be. The perfect combination of the railway and technology has brought us different travel experience. This set of photos has showed us the huge change in the way of travel. The way of travel and the passengers are both changing, and the only constant thing is the heart of serving the people. To ensure passengers travel safely, railway workers start from little things, and take practical actions demonstrating the profound meaning of "People's Railways for the People" and "Passengers Come First". They serve the passengers with sincere dedication to make them feel like home.

Jin Siliu

Work out in the Park

Wuhan, China

Title: Work out in the Park

Author: Jin Siliu

Shot in: Wuhan, China

On 8 October 2017, Mr Wang Zhonghua, who lives on Taipei Road in Hankou, Wuhan, Hubei Province, came to the woods behind the Municipal Youth Palace to practice Tai ChiSword and Tai Chi with his companions. He was 60, but still hale and hearty. He said, "After retiring at the beginning of this year, I always keep on exercising in the woods for more than 2 hours every day except for rain to maintain physical and mental health."

Since 2006 when Wuhan successfully became a national garden city, more urban greening projects have been carried out. With the increasing urban green coverage rate, the urban heat island effect has been alleviated effectively,which results in a more vibrant and eco-friendly city with more fresh air and beautiful environment.

The leafy parks are known as the "natural oxygen bars". People and naturecoexist in harmony. Nowadays, the green area in Wuhan is increasing day by day. More and more people are stepping out of their houses to exercise, read books, and make friends, enjoying a happy, peaceful, and healthy urban life in such beautiful environment.

Zhao Jianbo

Livestreaming Yunan

Kunming, China

Title: Livestreaming Yunan

Author: Zhao Jianbo

Shot in: Kunming, China

On October 31, 2020, in front of the Jingang Pagoda in the ancient town of Guandu, Kunming, two young men were livestreaming the traditional songs and dances of the Yi people in Yunnan.