Signing ceremony of the proposal for SRPOIA opened in Qingdao

On August 14th, photographers and photographic organizations from the Silk Road countries gathered together in Qingdao West Coast New District, China to witness the signing ceremony of the proposal for Silk Road Photographic Organization International Alliance (SRPOIA) and the establishment of the alliance.

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Silk Road Photographic Organization International Cooperation Summit & Silk Road Photographic Organization International Alliance Signing Ceremony. Photo by Huo Shuai

The ceremony was chaired by Zeng Yi, president of Eastern International Photography Art Association. Riccardo Busi, president of FIAP, Joan Martisella and Freddy Van Gilbergen, vice presidents of FIAP, Ioannis Lykouris, secretary general of FIAP, Yang Yuanxing, president of China Artistic Photography Society, Liu Fusheng, president of Global Photography, together with over 200 FIAP representatives and photographers attended the ceremony.

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Guests Attending the Meeting Applauses the Establishment of SRPOIA. Photo by Huo Shuai

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Liu Fusheng (in the middle), president of Global Photography taking photos with Zeng Yi (second from left) president of Eastern International Photography Art Association and Riccardo Busi (second from right), president of FIAP. Photo by Huo Shuai

During the ceremony, Yang Yuanxing, president of China Artistic Photography Society addressed that the Silk Road Photographic Organization International Alliance will serve as a platform to promote cultural exchanges, photographic art creation and international cooperation between the Silk Road countries and regions. He hoped that photographers from all over the world could work together with the alliance to advance development of photographic art.

Zeng Yi giving a speech. Photo by Huo Shuai

a photo of Zeng Yi and Riccardo Busi. Photo by Huo Shuai

In 2013, president Xi Jinping proposed Belt and Road initiative during his visit to Kazakhstan. The proposal is from China, but benefits the whole world, as the world is integral and interactive. Communication and mutual reference will give variety to civilizations. SRPOIA, a non-profit international alliance organization, will strive to promote Silk Road spirit to focus on Silk Road countries, to deepen innovative cooperation, and bring mutual benefits to all parties. SRPOIA also strives to respect, inherit and spread cultural heritage of member countries along the Silk Road. Through the cultural exchanges of photography field and use of internet and other advanced technology, SRPOIA will promote multicultural cross-border integration and innovative development, and strengthen mutural understandings and cultural exchanges between SRPOIA member countries and regions.

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Riccardo Busi holding the stampted postcard issued by the 5th FIAP Photo Meeting. Photo by Huo Shuai

Yang Yuanxing was elected president of SRPOIA, and Riccardo Busi the honorary president of SRPOIA. Yang said the first board meeting will be held in China shortly.

In the end, all the representatives and photographers signed up, marking a successful conclusion of the ceremony.

The 5th FIAP Photo Meeting came to an end with the award ceremony and closing dinner at Meridien Hotel Hall.

Liu Fusheng signing on the board. Photo by Huo Shuai

Other representatives and people attending the meeting sign on the board. Photo by Huo Shuai

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