CBU student engages the world through photography

The fourth-annual Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) Student Photo Contest was held recently, and CBU student Yinghao Zheng was announced as one of the runners up, receiving a $250 prize. His photo, titled “Engaging with the world,” showed a student looking at a display of flags, contemplating his upcoming graduation and the transition from thinking to acting in the world.

Yinghao's winning photo

Originally from Hangzhou, China, Yinghao is in his final year of the Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program, and has a passion for photography.

“I think it is a kind of lifestyle that allows me to embrace mother nature, dynamic culture and genuine people in this world,” says Yinghao. “I learned some photography skills through videos and teaching myself, but I hope to take a photography class in the future.”

Yinghao heard about MPHEC student photo contest through a university email and he was instantly interested. Yinghao wanted to shoot something that showcased CBU’s identity and diversity and thought the Great Hall and its many hanging flags would be the perfect place.

“The Great Hall is a very important place on campus,” says Yinghao. “Throughout my time here at CBU I have thought a lot about multiversity. We are living in a global village now, which means we are constantly encountering people from different countries. I hope our generation will learn to be more open to engage with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. The Great Hall is a beautiful place that showcases all the national flags hanging from the ceiling and represents connection and diversity.”  

The contest focused on capturing what a high-quality university experience looks like. The MPHEC considered dozens of entries from students representing 13 Maritime universities. “It is always a joy to see the imaginative ways students show what a quality student experience means to them,” said Jean-François Richard, MPHEC Chair in a press release announcing the winners. “This contest has become a wonderful tradition at the MPHEC and I’m thrilled at the response we’ve seen over the past four years. The work we do is for students and this is a great opportunity for them to communicate what they value in their university education.”

Yinghao enjoys student life and classes at CBU and feels strongly that CBU truly is an institution like no other, saying, “CBU allows students from all over the world to learn together. It gives students the opportunity to meet and engage with people with different values, ideas and races.”
Learn more about Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission Student Photo Contest and see the other winner’s photos.