China-Rwanda Friendship Cup Photo Contest
China-Rwanda Friendship Cup Photo Contest

The China-Rwanda Friendship Cup Photo Contest concluded in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, on Saturday with an awarding ceremony.

The month-long contest jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Rwanda and Rwandan Embassy in China is aimed at enabling more Chinese people to know Rwanda and promoting people-to-people exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.

The winning photos were voted anonymously by Chinese and Rwandan judges from more than 200 submitted works.

The contest has promoted mutual understanding and friendship between China and Rwanda, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Rao Hongwei said at the ceremony.

Rao, who awarded the top prize to a Chinese and a Rwandan, respectively, encouraged people from all walks of life to passionately promote the friendship between the countries, not only through cameras, but also in the spheres of business, investment, tourism and culture.

This contest will promote Rwanda’s tourism and investment opportunities in China, said Linda Mutesi, head of tourism marketing at the Rwanda Development Board.

It will also enhance people’s understanding of both China and Rwanda, especially in the areas of culture and business opportunities, she said.

Deo Pascal Munezero, who won an award for the best landscape photo, said the contest gave him an opportunity to compete with professional photographers from China and Rwanda, which is an inspiration to his photography work.

Photos about Rwanda posted through Chinese social media that were taken by Chinese photographers invited by the contest have attracted more than 11 million views just 10 days after the contest was launched, according to media reports.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius institute at the University of Rwanda and the contest raised the curtain for the celebrations. Enditem


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