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About us

Lishui is situated in Southwestern Zhejiang Province and adjacent to the west coast of the Pacific. Having a total area of 17,300 square kilometers and a population of 2.57 million, Lishui is a national ecological demonstration zone with fantastic natural scenery. In 1999, Lishui was named as the first “Chinese Town of Photography” by Chinese Photographers Association.

China·Lishui International Photography Cultural Festival has been successfully held for 6 consecutive times since the year of 2004. The goal of the festival is “to create a well-known city of photography, to expand international exchange, to show the charm of Lishui and to promote the development of tourism”. Through a series of activities like hosting photographic competitions, exhibitions, forums, experts meetings and photography fair, each photography festival has attracted about ten thousand photographers both from home and abroad to the city to participate in the exhibition, communicate with fellow photographers and produce original works, which has set many records among domestic photography festivals and has been thus hailed as a powerful and qualified one. Now it has become the most influential photography festival throughout China and one of the most important in the world.

In 2004, the first 5-day long Lishui Photography Cultural Festival introduced its brand to the world.

In 2005, Lishui Photography Cultural Festival launched more than 40 photographic exhibitions in which over 4,000 pictures were presented. The success of this photography festival has further expanded the brand influence.

In 2007, Lishui Photography Cultural Festival launched over 100 exhibitions which attracted more than 6,000 pieces of photographic work by photographers from 38 countries and regions. During this festival, the first photography museum in China – Lishui Photography Museum opened, representing that Lishui’s photography festival was developing in a more professional and mature direction.

In 2009, Lishui Photography Cultural Festival had successfully transformed from previous salon style to academic style. An academic committee was set up and a contest of “Ten Best Curators” was held in this festival. What’s more, 22 executives from internationally renowned photography festivals and institutions, including Atlanta Photography Festival in the US, Italy Photography Festival, Brazil Photography Festival and Britain Photography Festival, and over 170 foreign photographers from 34 countries and regions attended the festival. The holding of this festival, at one stroke, has made Lishui Photography Cultural Festival one of the most influential festivals of its kind in China.

The 2011 China•Lishui International Photography Cultural Festival will be held in Lishui in November, 2011. Then a great variety of activities will be organized, including Exhibition by International Photography Museum Union, Photographic Exhibition by Internationally Renowned Institutes, Internationally Renowned Photographers Invitation Exhibition, Exhibitions of Collection of Works by Distinguished Curators, Experts Meeting, Photography High-end Forum and so on. Meanwhile, activities concerning Lishui’s unique folk culture will be launched. We sincerely welcome all friends both from home and abroad to Lishui!

China 15th International Photographic Art Exhibition & 2013 China•Lishui International Photographic Cultural Festival was held in Lishui in November, 2013 . People from Photography Museums, Art Museums and Galleries from all over the world and more than 100 guests, photographers from more than 30 countries abroad and 31 provinces home came to Lishui to enjoy the festival. This festival displayed more 200 exhibitions, all the displayed works were first showed in the world. Discussed by 2013 China•Lishui International Photographic Cultural Festival Selection Committee fairly and objectively, judges selected 10 awards of 2013 China•Lishui International Photographic Cultural Festival and the best 30 exhibition of 2013 China•Lishui International Photographic Cultural Festival.