Vision Beijing 2013 opens in Fengtai District

By Elsbeth van Paridon
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The 2013 Vision Beijing international photography event opened at the Garden Expo Park of Fengtai District on May 22. The event was first hosted in 1999 with the aim of recording the beauty and development of the capital through foreign lenses. This year's edition was jointly organized by Beijing This Month Publications and the Beijing Foreign Cultural Exchanges Center and sponsored by the Information Office of Beijing Municipality and the Beijing Association for Cultural Exchanges. The organizing committees, as well as the contributing photographers, explained how they view photography as a medium to "record life in a moving way; moving because it's everlasting." The main focus of Vision Beijing is to document ancient Beijing as a modern-day international metropolis.

Constructed on a former garbage dump as part of of Beijing's green development, Fengtai District's Garden Expo Park is currently host to the Ninth China (Beijing) International Garden Expo, China's highest-level gardening event. [Photo/Elsbeth van Paridon]

In the past, photographers from all over the world have attended under such themes as "Old and New Beijing," "Modernization and Construction," and "Beijing Culture and Prosperity." The thousands of picture-perfects shots taken by the participating craftsmen over the past decade form an excellent collage of the city's traditions, people and joys. This year's event features a record 50 renowned international photographers, hailing from 29 countries across the globe. Among the attending luminaries are Julio Pantoja from Argentina, Mikhail Penyevskoi from Belarus, Pedro Abascal from Cuba, Muhammad Jahangir Khan from Pakistan and Anna Poye from Spain. Canadian participant Francois Nadeau expressed his excitement at being invited and commented that he "couldn't wait to get clicking and capture the capital in all its ‘green' glory."

Chief of the Publicity Department of the CPC Fengtai District Committee Gu Xiaoyuan, briefly addressed the crowd during the opening ceremony. She too expressed excitement that Fengtai's Garden Expo Park had been selected as the city's host location for this year's event. She said: "It's an honor and a true pleasure to be here today and show you one example [of] the success of our beautiful Beijing's green development; this park. I hope our international picture-taking friends can find their inspiration in its gardens and architecture."

The 2013 location for the event, Fengtai District's Garden Expo Park, situated along the western banks of the Yongding River, was actually constructed on the site of an old garbage dump as part of the city's overall green development and projects, its size being almost twice that of the Summer Palace, according to the Beijing Municipal Government. The park is currently home to the Ninth China (Beijing) International Garden Expo, which opened its doors to the public on May 18. After the Vision Beijing 2013 opening ceremony, the 50 attending photographers were set free in the Garden Expo's gardens to get clicking away. The event will run until May 28, 2013, after which the most outstanding images will be on display at a yet-to-be disclosed location in October of this year.

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