Sichuan Province Revisited 2006 - FIAP 28th Biannual Congress
The Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) is one of the leading societies of amateur photographers, whose members include some 85 national associations on five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers. Its 28th Bi-Annual Conference was held in Chengdu and Jiuzhai Paradise in Sichuan Province, China in September 2006. Norman Lau and I were among the some 350 attendees representing FAPA of Hong Kong and Macau The as Chinese organizing committee – China’s Photographers Association (CPA) also sent a large contingent.
While the well known phrase “You only get one chance to make a first impression” may be a bit trite by now, it was the first impressions caused by long long lines from the hotel check-in in Chengdu and continuing snafus during the visit that left – for some – a negative impression of China and the event. So much so that FIAP’s President Emile Wandershield, when giving his speech at the closing banquet limited his comments to “Remember the good things.”
Looking back on the Congress, it is indeed easy to remember the good things for they far outweighed the few inconveniences: from the helpfulness and bright smiles of the many volunteers, to the chance to meet new and old friends among the attendees and the beauty of the wonderful places visited, the special events hosted daily in honor of FIAP – which made it a memorable experience for me personally – and I hope for most of the people who attended.
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