For young Catholic photographer Tu Chun, the appeal of the ancient and picturesque Chinese World Heritage city of Hangzhou includes its large population of immigrants from poorer provinces and elsewhere. And it was for a series of photographs on expatriates living in Hangzhou that he won a bronze medal in the 2017 International Photography Awards-China (IPA-China) in the 'people' category. Tu entered photographs of 40 expatriates and their families taken over two years in what is the capital city of Zhejiang province. He considered the subject matter to partly be an exploration of so-called globalization. Tu
was inspired by exhortations of Pope Francis on the need to care for immigrant families. Tu Chun's entry "Hanzhou Family" included 40 photographs of expatriates living in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province. (Photo supplied)
A love of his own family's photo albums, and taking photos during his childhood, influenced Tu's career as a photographer. Photos became a common language with the people whose images he captured and the camera allowed self-exploration as well as constituting a 'passport' for international travel. Tu said people allowed him to take pictures that act as a window on cultural diversity. Founded by Iranian-born Hossein Farmani in 2003, International Photography Awards conducts an annual global competition for professional, non-professional and student photographers.