Introducing HPA

The Humanity Photo Awards (HPA)


Since 1998, the China Folklore Photographic Association (CFPA) has launched a call to photographers all over the world to document folklore phenomenon extensively and in depth. To this end, CFPA founded the Humanity Photo Awards (HPA), a biennial international photographic contest. This event is blessed with UNESCO’s support and is granted with its logo since the 2nd HPA in 2000.


For the past 18 years, photographers from 162 countries have registered and participated in HPA, who successfully have contributed the images about rich cultural phenomenon of 178 countries. This is a massive photo collection on multi-culture.


The Cooperations between HPA and UNESCO

Sessions of HPA

Holding Periods of HPA

Authorized Logos of UNESCO

In Cooperation with UNESCO Events

1st

HPA 1998

1998.1-12

Presence of Assistant Director-General of UNESCO at Award Ceremony in China;

Visit of Assistant Director-General of UNESCO at CFPA, with an inscription for HPA

2nd
HPA 2000

1999.9-2000.10

United Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace

3rd
HPA 2002

2001.9-2002.10


United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage

4th
HPA 2004

2003.9-2004.11


UN Pavilion in Expo Aichi

5th
HPA 2006

2005.9-2007.11


The 60th Anniversary of UNESCO;Families of the World∙ Memories of the Mankind held by CFPA at UNESCO, Paris

6th
HPA 2009

2008.9-2009.9


CFPA became an official partner of UNESCO;
The first cooperation between an international sport event with UNESCO in history;
Open Exhibition of UNESCO Pavilion in Expo Shanghai

7th
HPA 2011

2010.9-2011.9


UNESCO International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010)

8th

HPA 2013

2012.9-2014.6


UNESCO International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)

9th
HPA 2015

2014.9-2015.9


The 70th Anniversary of UNESCO;
UNESCO International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)


Data of Entries and Selections in Previous HPA


From HPA 1998 to 2015, there were cumulatively 19,000 photographers from 162 countries and regions around the world, who have submitted 33,000 photo sets which equal to 348,000 photos in total. As an international awareness of HPA throughout the years, the initial ratio of international contestants has risen from 12% up to 41%, and the ratio of awards winning even has risen from 23% to 74%.


There were 48 UNESCO heritage officials, cultural scholars, museum experts, the world famous photographers and photo editors from 23 countries and regions, who have joined the HPA international jury as the judges of final evaluation stage.


Throughout the years, cultural phenomenon of 178 countries and regions were caught in HPA’s Camera, as the green highlights on the map are shown below

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Exhibition of Guidelines and Award-winning Publications in Previous HPA


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