Russian photographer Vladimir Vyatkin delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) in Pingyao ancient town in Jinzhong, north China's Shanxi Province, Sept. 19, 2019. More than 4,000 photographers from 31 countries and regions will attend the 19th Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) from Sept. 19 to 25, which will see over 12,000 artworks from around the world. Launched in 2001, the annual PIP festival has been running for 19 years. Advocating diversity, internationalism and professionalism, it is considered an important stage for international photographers to display their talent. (Xinhua/Yang Chenguang)
TAIYUAN, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The 19th Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) opened Thursday, with more than 12,000 photos from 31 countries and regions on display during the week-long event.
Among the exhibits, more than 4,600 are works from over 1,100 students around the globe.
The festival has attracted a total of 4,119 photographers to gather at Pingyao, one of China's best-preserved ancient towns, in the northern province of Shanxi.
Russian photographer Vladimir Vyatkin, who has won multiple World Press Photo awards, also attended the event.
"Photography is a cross-national and cross-cultural form of communication, which is significant for the preservation of human cultural heritage," he said.
Launched in 2001, the annual PIP festival has attracted photographers from a total of more than 100 countries and regions, and it is considered an important stage for international photographers to display their talent.