The 5th FIAP Photo Meeting opened in Jinan

On August 8th, the 5th FIAP Photo Meeting opened in the 'City of Spring' Jinan. Approved by China's Ministry of Culture and People's Government of Shandong Province, the event is coorganized by International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) , Tourism Development Committee of Shandong, Shandong Provincial Department of Culture, and Shandong International Cultural Exchange Center. More than 320 representatives from 42 countries and regions attended the opening ceremony.

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the Opening Ceremony of the 5th FIAP Photo Meeting. Photo by Huo Shuai

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Leaders of the Shandong People's Government and Photographers on the Opening Ceremony. Photo by Hou Bo

Ji Xiangqi, vice governor of Shandong Province, addressed at the ceremony. He said the fact that the FIAP chose Shandong Province to hold its first meeting in China fully reflects its trust and confidence in Shandong. Over the years, Shandong has maintained rapid and healthy economic growth, improved people's wellbeing, and advanced the development of cultural undertakings. It has made important accomplishments in building an economically strong province. As one part of culture, photography has gained wide popularity in Shandong Province. With beautiful natural landscapes, profound cultural conditions and preferable creating environment, Shandong has become an ideal place for foreign and domestic photographers and travelers. Photo tours in Shandong is now a well known brand of Shandong tourism.

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Vice Governor of Shandong Province Giving a Speech. Photo by Hou Bo

Riccardo Busi, president of FIAP, also delivered a speech at the ceremony. He said "It is the 3rd time we organize our meetings in China. In 1997 in Shenzhen, in 2006 in Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou for two wonderful congresses. And now here in Jinan for our FIAP Photo Meeting. As an active photography organization, FIAP has seen an increasing number of member countries which now reaches 99, and more photographers getting involved. This time we've gathered over 500 photographers, making it an unprecedented event."

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FIAP President Riccardo Busi Giving a Speech. Photo by Hou Bo

At the ceremony, the organizer also issued 2.85 million stamped postcards to commemorate the first FIAP Photo Meeting in China. Citizens could access to nearby postal offices for it. The photo on the postcard is a photography work titled 'The Earth is calling' by Liu Fusheng, president of Global Photography website.

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the Ceremony for the Issuing of Stamped Postcards. Photo by Hou Bo

Then, Ji Xiangqi, vice governor of Shandong Province, Riccardo Busi, president of FIAP, and Yang Yuanxing, president of China Artistic Photography Society, together with a number of government officials from Shandong Province, jointly launched the official opening of the 5th FIAP Photo Meeting.

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the Startup Ceremony of the 5th FIAP Photo Meeting. Photo by Hou Bo

The event continues through August 14th. All of the photographers and journalists will spend a whole week visiting 8 cities of Shandong Province, from the City of Spring, to Confucius' and Mo Zi's hometowns, as well as cultural relics where the ancient Silk Road lies, so as to explore the oriental wisdom and beauty of nature.

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Photographers on a Tour. Photo by Hou Bo

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