2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). On this occasion, theAsia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), as the only institution created under the ASEM Process, presents a collection of photographs to visualise Asian and European perceptions of people on the move. The ASEF photo competition-cum-exhibition, aims to promote one of the key elements of ASEF’s mandate: better understanding between Asia and Europe through people-to-people connections.
The photographs selected for the exhibition were shortlisted from a photo competition, undertaken by ASEF in 2015. Photographers from 50 ASEM partner countries submitted over 1,500 entries capturing on-the-go scenes. The competition theme reflected the motion and pace of life in Asia and Europe, illustrating moments where we are different and yet, so alike. The competition was judged by a panel of experts, chaired by LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
Photography is a powerful medium that can communicate ideas across borders and speak universally to a wide multi-cultural and multilingual audience. By inviting professional and budding photographers to portray Asians and Europeans in their daily life, we hope to highlight the diversities as well as similarities between the lives in the two regions.
The photographs are being exhibited in several capitals in Asia and Europe including Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, at the 11th ASEM Summit (ASEM11) in July 2016.