PF Photo Contest - Happy Chinese New Year (2/17-2/23)

In summary, the Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate the culture and people of China. Contestants are allowed to use pictures of the Chinese culture or people, but must be respectful in their portrayal. Digital photos must be no more than 650 x 490 or 490 x 650 pixels, and must be posted in the contest thread. A poll will be used to determine the best picture.f
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Happy Chinese New Year

Feb. 18 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig. To celebrate that occassion, our theme this week will be related to this event. Your photo must contain either (i) clear and direct references to the chinese culture or people or (ii) pictures of pigs (the actual animal, not painting, stuffed toys, Miss Piggy, costumes, food, etc.)

Pictures of the chinese culture or its people must be done in a respectful manner. Degoratory pictures, including the submitting member, will automatically be disqualified from this contest.

Contest Rules:

1. Any digital photo or digitally-scanned photo relevant to the theme will be accepted within the contest period. In case there's a grey area, or you're not sure if the picture is suitable, check with me first.

2. Please resize your digital photo to no more than 650 x 490 or 490 x 650 pixels. You may also crop your picture if you wish. But other than that, any form of picture editing or modification is not allowed. This is a photo contest, not a picture editing/special effect contest. You may add a watermark or your name/nickname to the photo for identification purposes.

3. Upload your photos to any of the photo servers such as imageshack. Then post it the relevant contest thread and link your picture using the img command. PM me if you do not know how.

4. Only ONE picture per member per contest. Once a picture is posted, it cannot be changed other than a total withdrawl by that member from that week's photo contest. Exceptions will be made for modification to comply with the rules, such as resizing.

5. At the end of the contest period, I will open a poll and every PF member can vote for the picture they like best.

6. Note that in case we have a large number of entries, I will do the polling in more than one thread. If that's the case, you can vote in each of the polling threads. The photos will be assigned in the the polling threads in the order they were submitted.

7. These pictures must be something that you took, not something taken off someone else's photo albums or taken by someone else. I have no way of checking if you did this, so we'll go by the honor system.

8. You can use a picture only once. Once it is used in a contest, it cannot be reused in another contest.

9. Please post only pictures meant for submission in this thread.

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A Western spin on Chinese culture: [Broken]
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I have quite a stock pile of China pictures that would be perfect for this contest. But now I have to decide just which one to choose that best reflect the people/culture...tough decision.
I guess I will wait to see what kinds of pictures other people post first.
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This is from a parade held here in town. [Broken]
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Okay, I took a while because I needed to double check this photo was of Chinese art (I was pretty sure the pattern on it was the taotie), which was not as easy as I hoped, but is now confirmed. I took this photo the last time I visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Something just intrigued me about the shape that I had to photograph it. [Broken]
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This is the China pavilion at Epcot.


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You have less than 2 days left to submit a photo for this contest. You're not going to let these 4 people fight for this contest that easily, are you? So get your picture in quickly!

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A wax model of a traditional Chinese Peranakan wedding. I like the way the emotions are sculpted. To me, it looks like the bride is contemplating about the future as she's leaving her parents' family.
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I decided to go with this one since it is one of the first things people think of in China is the Great Wall (that or communism / Chairman Mao…which I have pictures of too).


Not on this picture, but I have others that you can look closely on the rocks making up the Great Wall and see Chinese graffiti carved into the stone in some places.
Just as you step off the rollercoaster-like cable car that takes you up the mountain to the Great Wall, there are people trying to sell you everything you could think of with ‘Great Wall’ printed on it. Also, something I did not expect at the great wall is they have a bear cage (actually two) with bear on display and people can throw cucumbers at the beats and they will catch them in their mouths as they climb on this big metal structure.

There was another picture I was considering, but I thought it would take too much explaining and would not stand by itself.
In Beijing, as in many other cities with a many tourists, there are also lots of people who want to scam these tourists. We met some of these people and got some pictures of them in front of their work which was mostly Chinese astrology stuff (year of the ___), before we found out it was all a pack of lies. It is funny in a way, all this free-market operating is happening right in the shadow of Chairman Mao’s mausoleum.

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