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Chinese Embassy in Australia Hosts Photo Exhibition
2006/05/24

On 22 May, Madam Fu Ying, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Australia hosted a reception at the Chinese Embassy for the Photograph Competition participated by the diplomatic envoys of various countries to Australia. Among over 100 guests attending the function were the Director-General of the Protocol Office of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australian Government along with heads of diplomatic missions in Australia.

Director-General of the Protocol Office of DFAT of Australian making speech

Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Australia, Ambassador of Malta, making speech

Ambassador Fu Ying with diplomatic envoys

Ambassador Fu Ying choosing photos with the diplomatic envoys

Ambassador Fu Ying choosing photos with the diplomatic envoys

The diplomatic envoys choosing photos

The diplomatic envoys choosing photos

The diplomatic envoys filling votes

The diplomatic envoys filling votes

Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Australia, Ambassador of Malta, announcing the winners

The diplomatic envoy drawing prizes for winners

 Ambassador Fu Ying issuing prizes to winners

 Ambassador Fu Ying issuing prizes to winners

 Ambassador Fu Ying issuing prizes to winners

Mr. Ray Strange well-known professional photographer of News Limited Australia issuing prizes to winners

 Ambassador Fu Ying enjoying the prize winning photos with winner

 Mr. Ray Strange well-known professional photographer of News Limited Australia

making comments to the prize winning photos

The exhibition and the competition saw nearly 200 pieces of photos taken by a dozens of diplomatic personages in Australia and Australian DFAT officials. These shots were captured during a tour organized for diplomatic envoys in early May. Despite the fact that they were not out of the hands of professional photographers, with refreshing ways of expressions, these works were rich in characteristics and information, vividly and sometimes humorously captured the intriguing and unforgettable moments of the excursion

Chinese Embassy has specially invited Mr. Ray Strange well-known professional photographer of News Limited Australia to conduct a preliminary assessment of the participating photos. From 34 photos that had entered the second round of competition, diplomatic envoys have voted their choice of 6 photos each in both categories of Places as well as Faces for first, second and third prizes. On the scene, Mr. Ray Strange made a number of interesting comments in relation to a variety of photos. He felt that with their refreshing perspectives in particular, these works were of high standard reflecting not only the multicultural backgrounds of the diplomats but also their interest and love towards the natural wonders and social customs of Australia.

Every year DFAT organizes a tour for heads of diplomatic missions in Australia. This year, led by the Foreign Minister the Hon. Alexander Downer MP, the tour attracted great attention among the diplomatic circles and was well participated. The diplomats of different countries have also taken the opportunity to exchange their views in depth as well as personally familiarize themselves with Australian Foreign Minister. Actually, caught on the candid cameras were scenes such as a group of diplomats playing soccer with Mr. Downer in suits and diplomats learning sheep-shearing and whipping skills from cowboys, revealing some of the most lively and enjoyable moments between the diplomatic envoys and the Australian Foreign Minister.

Addressing the function, the Ambassador of Malta to Australia who is also the Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Australia thanked Madam Fu Ying for her initiative and the hosting of the event. He suggested that such an activity has not only promoted the friendships between the diplomatic envoys but also offered an opportunity for everyone to share their experiences and feelings. By reviewing a variety of interesting things took place during the tour, Mr. Campbell, the Chief of Protocol of DFAT brought back a lot of fond memories to those present. He hoped that diplomats from every country would make more trips and see more things while acting as friendly bridges between Australia and different nations. In her speech, Madam Fu Ying expressed her thanks to the active participation by various diplomatic envoys and she was hopeful that greater shots would be taken by a greater number of diplomats in the future.

Photo of the First Prize Winner

Photo of the First Prize Winner

Photo of the Second Prize Winner

Photo of the Second Prize Winner

Photo of the Second Prize Winner

Photo of the Second Prize Winner

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