Celebrating Community Through Photos

Written by: Amy Yang, Secondary Head of Chinese Department

In this Digital Age, the internet and social media have made photography an efficient and universal means of communication. We believe a good photo can easily and successfully help people deliver their message to the widest audience, regardless of age, language and cultural background.

In December, we launched our inaugural school-wide photo competition which was open to all YCIS Pudong staff, parents and Secondary students. The theme for this first photo competition was “Community”. The December holiday is a special season when people reunite with their families, friends, and the people they treasure. We wanted to see our school community members use photos to reflect their reunion experiences and stories with vitality and creativity. Consequently, the aim of this competition was to encourage people to explore their understandings of “Community”, so that we can share definitions of “School Community” together.


The competition lasted for one month. After the Christmas holiday, the school photo committee received around 70 photo entries from staff, parents and secondary students. Some made good use of light, some told good stories, and some enabled us to see communities from a new angle. All of them demonstrated a great sense of “Community”.

After consulting an external professional photographer and magazine editor, the name list of the Top 3 winners from each group was released before the Chinese New Year Holiday. We are pleased to congratulate the following Photo Competition winners:

Student Group – Top 3:

  • Ann – Y11
  • Hui Lim – Y8
  • Eli – Y9

Adult Group – Top 3:

  • Mr Perks – Teacher
  • Ruby Chen –Teacher
  • Nancy– Y6 Parent

All the winning photos were sold at the charity auction on the Chinese New Year Celebration Night held at Regency Park campus.

Meanwhile, a set of postcards titled “Community” was produced collecting all the Top 10 photos. They were named: “Dreams”, “Harmony”, “Home”, “Reflective”, “Faith”, “Together”, “Collective”, “Accompany”, “Retreat” and “Tradition”, with each photo providing a more rich and varied meaning of “Community”.

Many thanks to all the participants. Next year, we look forward to more people joining in and sharing beautiful moments and stories from their lives with us!