AUA Neighborhoods of Asia Photo Contest

This year, students, faculty, and staff of HKUST are invited to capture the charm of Asia’s neighborhoods through the camera lens as part of its Embracing Asian Diversity Photo Contest Series. Submissions are open until March 17, 2024, 11:59 PM (UTC+8). Enter now!


The bustling streets and quiet corners of Asia’s neighborhoods are where communities thrive and culture flourishes. Which treasures do neighborhoods across Asia hold? What makes Asia’s neighborhoods so dynamic, vibrant, and colorful?

Students, faculty, and staff from AUA’s member universities have the opportunity to share their answers through this year’s Embracing Asian Diversity Photo Contest which centers on the theme “Neighborhoods of Asia.”

The photo contest series is hosted by the Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) and organized by Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (Tsinghua SIGS). It aims to capture and celebrate Asia’s diversity and its impact on the world through the lens of the camera and from the varied perspectives across the continent.

In 2022 and 2023, AUA hosted the “Community of Life: Biodiversity Through the Lens” and “Splendor of Asian Cultural Heritage” Photo Contests respectively, calling on participants from member universities across Asia to capture the diversity of Asia through the camera lens.


Host University: Tsinghua University
Eligibility: HKUST students, faculty, and staff

  • 1st Prize: 500 USD (or the equivalent amount in CNY)
  • 2nd Prize: 300 USD (or the equivalent amount in CNY)
  • 3rd Prize:  100 USD (or the equivalent amount in CNY)
    *Winners may also be given the opportunity to go to Shenzhen, China, to participate in a summer program. Only students currently enrolled at AUA member universities at the time of the program will be allowed to participate.

Submission Platform:
Submission Deadline: March 17, 2024 (11:59 PM Beijing time, UTC+8:00)


Submission Requirements:

1) Submissions should be original photos that relate to the theme “Neighborhoods of Asia.”
2) Each photo should include a 150 to 200-word description that explains the subject of the photo and its connection to the theme.
3) Photo series and collages are NOT accepted. One participant can submit up to 10 photos (entries) and each photo will be judged individually.
4) Please submit all photos and required personal information to the submission platform which can be accessed via
5) Photos taken with a digital camera or smartphone are accepted. Photos will be judged based on creativity, visual quality, and relevance to the theme.
6) Upload JPG photo(s) with a size of no less than 1 MB and no greater than 10 MB to the submission platform. Please name your photo(s) using the following format: UNIVERSITY YOUR NAME PHOTO TITLE (e.g., Tsinghua John SMITH A busy hutong)
7) Only minor modifications to the photographs will be accepted (e.g. dodging and burning, aperture, cropping, color balance). Do not add words, symbols, or logos to the photos that are not part of the original photograph.
8) Please make sure that you receive a confirmation e-mail for each entry. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact If you have any additional questions about AUA, please contact the AUA Secretariat at
9) Photos should not violate any of the terms and conditions (see Here). Please remember that you should receive permission from any human subjects you photograph; photographs should not violate subjects’ copyrights, portrait rights, privacy rights, right to protection against attacks on reputation, etc.

Global Engagement & Greater China Affairs 代表 Asian Universities Alliance (AUA)