Awards Ceremony of 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival held on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canada

The 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival was officially started on December 8th, with photographers from all over the world flying to Canada’s beautiful Lake Ontario to gather and celebrate. 230 guests including Canadian government officials from all three levels, leaders of various photography agencies, regional cultural and artistic representatives of the Greater Toronto Area, photography enthusiasts, student representatives, and media representatives came to celebrate and participate in the event.

The red-carpet ceremony started at 9:30 a.m. and photographers began to enter the venue, These photographers usually spending their time hiding behind the lens, working hard to get the best shot, and wearing camouflage clothes crouching in the jungle to catch the best moments of life, or wearing full black standing behind the lens to capturing charming moments for the celebrity models; today they put down their heavy equipment and took off their work clothes, instead donning gorgeous evening clothes, to turn into graceful gentlemen and beautiful ladies, they are the shining and dazzling star in front of the camera just like their own work, a totally different style just like these famous photography.

Dr. Jeff Peng, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPF International Photographers Alliance; Mr. Dennis Pan, Vice-President of 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival; Mr. Oliver Yang, Design Director of IPF & TIPF; IPF Consultant, Mr. Zhao Zude, 2017 Master of Photography Theory, curator of Youssef Karsh Show; Mr. Philip Kan, IPF Consultant, Grand Slam winner of the Global Photography Competition Award; Mr. Lik-Fong Ng, IPF Consultant, 2015 Master of Photography Theory, Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, employed photographer of Zhou Runfa, Zhang Guorong; Mr. Huang Zhiqiang, co-chair of the IPF, recipient of the 2015 Distinguished International Medal of Photography, who flew from Hong Kong, China; Mr. Zhou Hong, co-chairman of the IPF and recipient of the 2015 Gold Lens Medal; and Mr. Quartz, member of the TIPF Organizing Committee, winner of the Pioneer Photographer’s Medal for four years, walked across the red carpet in loud applause from the audience.

2019 TIPF Toronto International Photography Festival Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Mr. Rod Trider, CAPA Canadian Photographic Arts Federation President, leader and consultant of the jury of three consecutive Toronto International Photography Festival competitions; Mr. Jonathan Ward, winner of the Golden Screen award, judge who held CAPA License, the jury of three-time Toronto International Photography Festival Competition; Mr. Anthony Schatzky, judge of the 2019 TIPF competition, Judge who held CAPA License; Mr. Wang Jian of 2019 TIPF Competition Winner who flew from Suzhou, China; the Photography couple of renowned wildlife photographer, Ms. Wang Yun, executive chairman of the jury of the 2015 & 2017 Toronto International Photography Festival, winner of the 2015 Golden Lens Medal, and Miss Wang Yun, the Executive Chairman of the Jury of the 2017 Photography Festival, the Golden Lens Medal winner, and the Chairman of the Jury of the 2019 Photography Festival; Mr. Richard Li, who scored highest in the 2019 TIPF Competition, and the contributor of 55 images to 11 categories, as well as the winner of 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal, 1 annual classic image winning the title of outstanding international photographer from Hong Kong, China; Mr. Zhao He, winner of the 2019 TIPF Outstanding Canadian Photographer of Honor Award; Mr. Zhang Zuping, IPF consultant and recipient of the 2019 Gold Lens Medal; Eric Chan, member of the 2019 Photography Festival Organizing Committee and winner of the 2015 Golden Lens Medal walked across the red carpet in the cheers of the audience.

Mr. Chen Yutao, a well-known Canadian photography collector; Mr. Zeng Yi of 2019 TIPF Master Lecture Guest, 2017 Golden Maple Leaf Award Winner, Amber Representative; Ms. Fu Ling, Vice President of the North American Society for Humanities and Natural Studies; Mr. Alex Lu, 2019 Golden Lens Medal Winner, Executive Chairman of the North American Mobile Phone Association; Doctor Hanxiao, winner of the 2019 Classical Image Award and vice chairman of the Canadian Photography and Communication association; Mr. Henry Liu, technology supervisor of IPF, winner of the 2015 Golden Medal, leader of Sanqi Shadow Club; Miss Yang Xiaoping, winner of the 2019 Golden Medal award, vice president of a Chinese photography academy in Canada; Mr. Zeng Hong, winner of the 2015 Gold Lens Medal and president of the F64 line, and Ms. Qing Li, winner of the 2019 Gold Lens Medal and deputy secretary-general of the Atlantic Photographers Association, walked across the red carpet in loud applause.

Ms. Zhao Ruiyun, well-known writer; Ms. Wu Wenyan, President of the Canadian-Chinese Arts Association; Mr. Zhang Jian, President of the Chinese Cultural and Arts Association of Canada; Ms. Jennifer Teng of the Global Association of Love Education, Canadian Youth Federation; Mr. Zhang Wei, Well-known Director; the couple of Xu Jing and Sun Ling, Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Headlines; Mr. Genglong, 2017 Globe Photographer Award winner, who walked to photograph in 100 countries; Ms. Chen Yongle, winner of 2017 Golden Lens Medal and 2019 TIPF Master Speaker Guest; Mr. Li Hang , 2017 Golden Lens Medal winner, who has an outstanding eloquence walked across the red carpet in turn to warm applause.

Mr. Li Kwon-han, famous crosstalk actor and director; Mr. Xia Hao, winner of the 2019 Golden Lens Medal and head coach of the IPF Photo Basketball Team; Mr. Jia Xiaoxuan, famous director and actor; Mr. Xiao Weiqun, a photography lecturer, video output expert and gold medal appraiser, from Beijing, China; the famous writer Mr. and Mrs. Wei Xiaojian walked across the red carpet in warm applause.

Dr. Huang Chi, President of the 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival, walked across the red carpet in cheers and congratulations from all the guests.

MC James, MC Maggie Wang who has hosted two consecutive Photo Festival Awards; famous host Danny Liang, IPF Secretary General, Claire Zhang, five-year consecutive winner of the Pioneer Photo Medal, North American photographer of Internet celebrity; these people co-chaired and introduced the honored red-carpet guests in turn. The award ceremony officially started to the national anthem.

Dr. Huang Chi made the speech of welcome on behalf of the IPF Board of Directors and the Organizing Committee of 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival. She said: “Honourable parliamentarians, leaders of photography agencies, photographer friends from all over the world, generous sponsors, dear friends, good morning everyone, welcome to all of you! In 2015, we hosted the first Toronto International Photography Festival at the magnificent Trump Hotel, and we have completed several photography projects such as three International Photography Festivals and two Toronto Photography Carnivals over the years. At the same time, IPF has focused on international exchange, co-organizing 25 international photography art exchanges with numerous countries and cities around the world, over the past five years, IPF bring photographers’ work to the people of the world, give images a voice and strike a pose on the stage of the world’s art. This year, the Organizing Committee has selected a large number of outstanding works and outstanding talents on the occasion of the fifth anniversary celebration of the International Film Federation. So, we organized this day of so many photographers gathering on the same stage. Here, I would like to give my thanks to you, dear photographers, for walking through the mountains and rivers, as well as through hardships to collect strength, wisdom, courage in one’s body, thus reproducing the wonders of nature and humanity with images, and bringing these great images to the people. Thank you for giving wings to the eyes and thoughts of the viewers, and letting them fly with your lens! While I’m here, I would also like to thank for the joint efforts of all members of the TIPF Organizing Committee and the CAPA Jury. We have accomplished our goal of presenting this year’s awards to the winning photographers with the witness, blessing and company of the honorific guests once again! In this Toronto winter rich of energy, let’s work together to create the golden age of photography that belongs to us.” Finally, Chairman Huang Chi thanked all for coming and wished them a happy day.

Dr. Huang Chi made the speech of welcome on behalf of the IPF Board of Directors and the Organizing Committee of 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival. She said: “Honourable parliamentarians, leaders of photography agencies, photographer friends from all over the world, generous sponsors, dear friends, good morning everyone, welcome to all of you! In 2015, we hosted the first Toronto International Photography Festival at the magnificent Trump Hotel, and we have completed several photography projects such as three International Photography Festivals and two Toronto Photography Carnivals over the years. At the same time, IPF has focused on international exchange, co-organizing 25 international photography art exchanges with numerous countries and cities around the world, over the past five years, IPF bring photographers’ work to the people of the world, give images a voice and strike a pose on the stage of the world’s art. This year, the Organizing Committee has selected a large number of outstanding works and outstanding talents on the occasion of the fifth anniversary celebration of the International Film Federation. So, we organized this day of so many photographers gathering on the same stage. Here, I would like to give my thanks to you, dear photographers, for walking through the mountains and rivers, as well as through hardships to collect strength, wisdom, courage in one’s body, thus reproducing the wonders of nature and humanity with images, and bringing these great images to the people. Thank you for giving wings to the eyes and thoughts of the viewers, and letting them fly with your lens! While I’m here, I would also like to thank for the joint efforts of all members of the TIPF Organizing Committee and the CAPA Jury. We have accomplished our goal of presenting this year’s awards to the winning photographers with the witness, blessing and company of the honorific guests once again! In this Toronto winter rich of energy, let’s work together to create the golden age of photography that belongs to us.” Finally, Chairman Huang Chi thanked all for coming and wished them a happy day.

A congratulatory letter was sent by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto.

The Honourable M. P. Han Dong of the Canadian Federation attended the ceremony and delivered a passionate message. Mr. Dong highly praised the International Photographers Alliance for providing a platform for photographers, practitioners, scholars and enthusiasts to exchange, learn, and innovate. He commented that it promotes the prosperity and development of the industry while constantly exploring the talents of photographers, and he also gave thanks to the organizers for their unremitting efforts, then congratulated the 2019 International Photography Festival for its success.

The Honourable M. P. Han Dong of the Canadian Federation attended the ceremony and delivered a passionate message. Mr. Dong highly praised the International Photographers Alliance for providing a platform for photographers, practitioners, scholars and enthusiasts to exchange, learn, and innovate. He commented that it promotes the prosperity and development of the industry while constantly exploring the talents of photographers, and he also gave thanks to the organizers for their unremitting efforts, then congratulated the 2019 International Photography Festival for its success.

A congratulatory letter was sent by Vincent Ke, Adm. of Ontario, Canada, and representatives were assigned to the ceremony for a speech.

The MP Jim Karygiannis of the City of Toronto delivered a passionate speech at the ceremony. The MP praised TIPF as a celebration of professionalism in photography and a stage for the exchange and development of photographers, and congratulated all the award-winning photographers on their outstanding achievements, and also congratulated the IPF for leading the photographers to achieve their artistic achievements of their fifth anniversary. He also gives thanks to the organizers for their tireless efforts for the cultural and artistic development of the Toronto city.

Mr. Jim Karygiannis presented a congratulatory letter to a photographer from faraway China.

Lik-Fong Ng of the award-winning guest and IPF Consultant, and Mr. Quartz of the organizing committee, presented the award to the photography agency that received the Group Organization Award. This time, China’s Shangtufang, China Bird Net, Canada’s Canadian Masterpiece Photography Association won the club group gold medal with outstanding achievements.

China Amber Shadow, China Conscience Hall, Atlantic Photographers Association won the Club Group Silver Award.

The Canadian Chinese Photographic Society, the Canadian F64 Photographic World, the Canadian North American Mobile Photography Association, the Jiangxi Digital Photography Association of China, the Canadian Mad Ness Photo Society, the Canadian Sanqi Film Society, and the Canadian North American Society of Humanities and Nature Photography won the Group Bronze Award.

Mr. Eric Chan and Ms. Jasmine of the committee presented the award for the fourth Best Award in the 12th category of the competition. The award was created by Jeff, president of the Jiahua Masterpiece Photography Association, to encourage contestants close to the award, in which numerous photographers emerge in recent years.

Mr. Eric Chan and Ms. Jasmine of the committee presented the award for the fourth Best Award in the 12th category of the competition. The award was created by Jeff, president of the Jiahua Masterpiece Photography Association, to encourage contestants close to the award, in which numerous photographers emerge in recent years.

Award-winning guest Mr. Wang Qinghai present medals and certificates for bronze medal winners:Changyin Cai Nature – Scene works “Fly to Atar” , Wenju Duan’s paragraph of the nature category – wildlife works “chasing”, Huang Jianxiong’s work of art photography category – character works “Go to Market”, Liu Shiliang’s work of Art Photography – Public Works Years of Quicksand, Bin Zhang Art Photography – Creative Works “Lost Dream”, Majie Art Photography Category – Monochrome Works Bishan Culture and Art Center, Zheng Wei Special Photography – Canadian Works Niagara Falls, Yi Cui Special Photography Class – Chinese Works “Horse Running On The Prairie”, Richard Li Special Photography Class – African Works “Escape” Hua Shang Special Photography Category – “Polar Bear Family”, Wang Bo’s Mobile Photography Category “Color” and Boen Fan’s Bronze Medal in Youth Photography, “Masai Mara Sunset”.

Award-winner Jenny Mao and Mr. Johnny Wood of the photography festival judge presented IPF Silver, CAPA Silver and Certificate of Award for Lydia Jacobs, creator of the nature-landscape “Mobius Arch”, Ye Xiangyan, author of nature-wildlife work “Flower leopard snaffle”, art photography category – “Home” Richard Huang, author of “Soon”, author of Art Photography – Open Works Dense Fog, Bin Zhang, Art Photography – Selena Li, author of “Mud Crack”, Art Photography – Monochrome “Spiral Series” Author He Zhao; Author Louie Luo, special photograph-The Canadian work Pow Wow Dance; Jie Fischer, author of the Chinese work “At Work” ; and “Masai Children Playing In the River”, Luo Shaozhen; Richard Li, the polar photography-“Walking Alone”, and Liu Xing, the mobile phone photography category-“The Grape” ; ZuoxiLuo, youth work- “Wilder beast Crossing”.

Award-winner Dr. Jeff Peng, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPF, and Rod Trider, Chairman of CAPA presented the IPF gold, CAPA gold and award certificates for for the authors of The Nature-Landscape “Magadi Lake” He Zhao; and Yi Liu, author of the wildlife work Cheetah Hunting 3; Art Photography – Characters ‘Child’s Taste’ author Ran Jian; Richard Li, art photography category – “Fly Along the Colorful Belt”; Wang Jian, art photography category – Creative Works “Kingfisher Fishing”; Author Richard Li,  Monochrome Photography-Aerial Photography of “Lake Magadi” and “Flamingo”; Author Jean Wang , Canadian Special Photography Category –“Arch of Milky Way at Killarney”; author William Tian, the special photography category – “For Life” in China; Yi Liu, author of the thematic photography category “Cheetah Hunting 1”, and Jie, the Polar Works – “Penguins Jumping”; photographers Fischer and Zuoxi Luo, phone photograph-“Reading”, youth photograph work-“A Frozen Dawn”.

Mr. Rod Trider, who has been the leader and consultant of the competition jury for three consecutive terms, gave full recognition and high praise to the overall level of the entries and congratulated the award-winning photographers for their outstanding achievements in his greetings.

Richard Li, a Hong Kong, China photographer, won the Outstanding International Photographer’s Chairman’s Award for his total contribution (55) at the first place (1244.5 points). The award-winning guest, Mr. Jeff, presented the winners with trophies and certificates.

Mr. Huang Zhiqiang, the award-winning guest and co-chairman of the IPF, presented the trophies, certificates and prizes to Mr. Wang Yu, winner of the 2019 Golden Juke Awards in The State of China, and the SIGMA Brand Art Classic Lens.

Wang Yun, chairman of the awarding guest jury, presented the winner with the Honorary Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Canadian Photographer.

Mr Zhaohe, who has participated in the competition for a consecutive 3 years while still in school, Mr. Yu has turned from a Volunteer to achieve “honor of Canada’s outstanding photographer.” The experience and the words of Zhaohe were heartily applauded.

Canada’s famous wild animal photographer Jiefu has returned to the country to accept the award for exchange contribution presented by Han Dong of the Canadian government. Jiefu has cultivated a large number of elite film talents in the areas of film education and international competition as one of the founders of the film and chairman of the Film Festival for five years. His talent has also been admired by film equipment institutions to sign a contact.

Other persons who have received the honor include a total of 5 people of Ms. Yu, the Foundation for Education, Mr. Wang, the Chinese National Secretary of SIGMA, Ms. Sheng Lei, a Chinese curator and writer, and Tim Logatsang, a high school student.

The Commission acknowledges and encourages their efforts and contributions over the past five years in the development of the Federation’s skills, the development of video technology, the development of international exchanges, the exchange of literature, and so on.

Rod Trider is a member of the Board of Education for three times a consecutive of 5 years, and has led the 125-year-old North American Society CAPA to produce numerous talented talents for the Great Fair. He is also a photographer, an image collector, and an officer, and has devoted his life to the research of the printing of characters. Today, the IPF Committee will award Mr. Rod his Achievement Award.

It is reported that the Toronto International Photography Festival Organizing Committee announced to present the award of the lifetime achievement to the photography artist Mr. Miyazheng, and the award of “Global Eco-Photographer” to Mr. Duan Wenke’s Honorary Chairman; as well as four people of Hong Kong, China) John Fan (U.S.) Tao Li Liyuan (China) Yan Chen Yu / Amber (Canada) Peng Bang (Hong Kong, China) has also achieved the honor.

At the same time, the 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival awarded the Distinguished International Photographer’s Medal to 10 photographers, namely Cu Jianxin, Xiaogo, Phillip Chang, Wu Jinrong, Duan Wenzhang, Shang Hua, Xu Zhihong, Yang Jianrong, Liu Dan and Xu Haokun.

At the same time, the 2019 Toronto International Photography Festival awarded the Distinguished International Photographer’s Medal to 10 photographers, namely Cu Jianxin, Xiaogo, Phillip Chang, Wu Jinrong, Duan Wenzhang, Shang Hua, Xu Zhihong, Yang Jianrong, Liu Dan and Xu Haokun.

The award-winning director, Mr. Zhang Wei and Mr. Pan Yezhi, wore medals and certificates for the Chairman of the Classic Image of the Year Award. Mr. Zhang made a speech congratulating the photographers on the award.

The award-winning guest, Mr. Zhong Xin, step on the stage to congratulate everyone and present the medal to the 57 Pioneer Photographers Medal winners.

In the morning’s link of lucky draw, Epass’s president Li step on the stage for drawing – and the Palace museum’s literary product “ChiyuJiang mountain screen” was luckily achieved by Ms. Stella Hua and Mr. Li Hang.

In the lucky draw at the scene, Mr. Alex Ye luckily won the screen award of SIGMA.

All the award-winning photographers took a photo during the congratulations

Afterwards, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and a genial exchange at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel.

At 1:30 p.m., the guided session of the AGO Ontario Art Museum went ahead as scheduled, and they visited the treasures of the town hall and enjoyed the classic works of art by the world’s masters under the leadership of the host.

At 1:30 p.m., the guided session of the AGO Ontario Art Museum went ahead as scheduled, and they visited the treasures of the town hall and enjoyed the classic works of art by the world’s masters under the leadership of the host.

“Super Focus and Its Application”

Lecturer: Henry Liu
IPF Technology Supervisor, 2015 Golden Winner
Affiliation: San Lou Shadow Club

“Today’s Life on the Earth’s Surface”

Lecturer: Dr. Hanxiao
Winner of the Honorary President of 2019 Classic Image
Canada’s National Film Exchange

“Themed shots from theme selection, shooting to Broadcast”

Lecturer: Zeng Yi
Winner of 2017 Golden Maple Leaf
Affiliation: Amber Shadow

“New Features in shooting by phone”

Lecturer: Alex Lu
2019 Golden Medal Winner
Affiliation: Mobile Photography Association of North America

“Management Keys of Lightroom File”:

 Lecturer: Li Qing
2019 Gold Medal Winner
Affiliation: Atlantic Filmmaker

“Brief talking of shooting experience”

Lecturer: Chen Yongle
2017 Golden Medal Winner
Affiliation: Canadian Chinese Film Society

“Thinking and practice of the Shadows”

Lecturer: Quartz
member of the Commission, winners of 4 consecutive pioneering photographers
Affiliation: Jiahua Jiezuo photographic association

Chairman Huang Chi presented certificates and gifts to the guests of the Masters Lecture.

In the exciting summit forum of “Salute to Black and White Photography”, Zhao Zude, the winner of the 2015 Film Award in 2017, Mr. Yu, the 2015 Golden Medal winner, Mr. Pan Yezhi, vice-chairman of the 2019 Dodo National Film Festival, delivered important speeches.

Mr. Huang Zhiqiang, a famous photographer, explained the experience of photography to the audience and many college students.

On the “Promise to art” summit forum of Toronto International Shooting, Mr. Xiao Yuqun (Shadow lecturer, specialist for arts work digitization, Representative of authentication institution for Hong Kong Film Awards: China True Color Studio), Mr. Zuo Zhi(Famous IPF American Consultant Representative institution: China Art Center, Chairman Zhou Hong (2015 Gold Medal Winner, Representative institution: F64 Photograph World), Mr. Jia Xiaoyu (Director, Actor, Representative institution: Canadian Classic) respectively delivered wonderful speeches.

At 6:30 p.m., after the party began to cheerful music, committee member Shi Ying, Mr. Huang Zhiqiang, and Chairman Pan Yezhi came around to singing classic songs surrounding the thesis “the photographer who is not a singer is not a good cook” to bring the party to its climax, Toronto’s famous new singing troupe sang the latest popular songs. As it happened to be the birthday of music director Miss Cara Liu, all the guests wished her a happy birthday and shared the birthday cake, and they gathered at the Toronto International Photographs Festival to talk about the photos and date for the coming year.

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