Chinese New Year Photo Story Contest

Back by popular demand, Shanghai Mamas is running our annual Chinese New Year photo story contest. Grab your camera (or maybe your phone) and start capturing Shanghai dressed in all her festive finery through your eyes. What strikes you as unique? Beautiful? Quirky? Fun!

Snap a few pics and send them along. It’s a contest with PRIZES (provided by Shanghai Gift Company, DOUCEA, Paper Tiger and Subconscious Day Spa) for the top contenders. You can write words to accompany your story, or just send along the photos to speak for themselves.

 A photo story is a series of images (between 3-9 photos) with a common theme that together tell a story. You could share any traditions that you have for celebrating at home, what you see around the city, or some classic Shanghai moments. It’s a great chance to get out and explore the hidden corners of the city through fresh eyes.


Key Dates

Feb 14  –  Deadline for entry submission

Feb 17 –  Voting channel will be released on our official WeChat

Feb 24 10AM – Deadline for voting. Winners will be announced on our official WeChat.

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Thanks to our prize donors



Of course, we have some rules:

  • Entries will be judged upon creativity, relevance to the theme of Chinese New Year/Spring Festival, originality, and impact.
  • Each entry should contain a minimum of 3 images and a maximum of 9. Captions can be included to tell the story, or the images can speak for themselves.
  • All photos must be original works and taken by the contestants. The photo does not infringe on trademarks, copyrights, moral rights, privacy rights, or intellectual rights (no photos of children without parental consent).
  • Submission of images to Shanghai Mamas grants permission for the images to be published on ShMamas platforms. The images remain the property of the photographer.
  • Entry is free and multiple entries allowed, though no overlapping photos between multiple stories. Open to those living in locations beyond Shanghai.
  • No obscene, violent, racist, defamatory or otherwise inappropriate content deemed as such by the ShMamas Committee will be published.
  • Remember to follow all Covid-19 safety protocols regarding large gatherings.
  • For the fairness in judging, images should be free of any watermarks, logos, or other name/identifying info.
  • Winners will be notified via WeChat and published on the Shanghai Mamas Official WeChat. All entries will be featured in the Shanghai Mamas user account Moments (WeChat ID: ShanghaiMamasOrg). Add the account and follow Moments to see the entries.
  • Winners will be decided as those who received the highest number of votes.
  • Submit images via WeChat to: ShanghaiMamasOrg. You will receive a confirmation to know your entry was received.