Liverpool's Chinatown Through the lens: Dancing dragon

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Our photo competition pool 'Liverpool's Chinatown: Through the lens' has had over 100 photos submitted so far and I'm really excited by the variety and imagination shown in people's photos of the Chinatown area and Chinese culture.

In this first weekly blog highlight from the competition entries I've chosen this view of Nelson Street by Ian Hughes (ihughes22). It's a bustling and eye-catching image, the colours of the flags and the dragon looming powerfully over the massed crowds adding to the sense of drama and excitement of the occasion - especially since the dragon almost looks like he's staring straight out at us!

View of street with Chinese New Year dragon and crowds

Chinese New Year 2010 © Ian Hughes

The photographer had to choose a specific vantage point back from the crowd and shoot quickly because of the movement of the dragon, but I think the result is a great composition which really captured the energy of the occasion. The photo is displayed at a smaller size for this blog post - it looks even better in a large size.

To celebrate our photography exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-72 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum we want you to submit your photos of Liverpool's Chinatown to our Flickr pool - our favourite photo submitted by 24 May will win a banquet for two at Yuet Ben, with two runners-up winning exhibition catalogues. Find out more on the competition page.