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Photography competition opens up to foreigners


Organizers behind the third annual CheongShim Calendar Photo Contest are inviting expatriates to participate in the competition, which runs through July 15.

The past two contests - organized by the culture-education company CheongShim - limited participation to Korean contestants.

But this year organizers are encouraging foreigners to participate in an effort to broaden the contestant pool and heighten competition.

The theme of the contest is “family,” and participants are asked to capture what their soul mates, children, parents or even beloved pets mean to them through the camera lens, according to CheongShim.

Those who are interested in joining the competition can register on the company’s Web site and then submit a photo 3,000 pixels or larger electronically.

Winners will be announced on Aug. 19, and the photos selected for prizes will be printed in CheongShim’s calendar for next year.

The prize pot is valued at 5 million won ($4,150), with awards of 1 million won for the top two finishers and 300,000 won for 12 others. The photos taken by winners will be incorporated into exhibitions at the Cheonggye Stream Gallery in central Seoul and CheongShim International Hospital in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi from Oct. 11 to 17.

Contest officials note that photos should be the artist’s original work and must not be simultaneously submitted to other contests.

For more information, go to or the CheongShim blog,

By Kim Mi-ju []
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