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University of Leeds photography exhibition to showcase Asia

A photography exhibition showcasing Asia is opening at the University of Leeds from today.

China exercise Credit: Rachel Miles

Eye on Asia, now in its 25th year, runs in Parkinson Court for the next ten days.

Prizes will be presented to the winning photographers as part of a closing ceremony.

More than 250 submissions were received, from members of the public as well as staff and students across many disciplines at the University. These were whittled down to 40 images by more than 30 keen photographers for the show, which is free and open to all.

Vietnam - A star in the East Credit: Alex Rowe

A group of third year students from East Asian Studies organise the event each year, helping to arrange everything from selecting the finalists to catering for reception guests.

Life in the rice paddies Credit: Megan Ellis

“For this, the exhibition’s 25th year, the theme is ‘Capturing the Culture’. So when choosing entries for the exhibition, we chose images which showcased both the beauty of the country in which they were taken, and the essence of its culture – the people.”

– Kim Glasgow, organiser
Geisha Credit: Genevieve Berwick

Money raised from entry fees and the sale of images will go to Rose Charities International, specifically an eye unit at a rehabilitation centre in Cambodia and a Vietnamese orphanage supported by the organisation. The competition is supported by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds and STA Travel.