Shortlist; Like a father Like a mountain by Pan Wang
To me, the great Qinling in China is more than a mountain range, it’s the embodiment of a father. In fact, Da Qinling is referred to as ‘father mountain’. When I was a child I looked at the boundless mountains and asked the elders to explain where they began and ended, but there was never an answer.
My father died when I was five, but I remember him taking me to Qinling on his bicycle to visit relatives and friends. Images of this constantly flash in my heart. More than 30 years after his death - by which time I too had become a father - I began to photograph the Qinling, eventually spending three years walking the length of the range. During my journey, I gradually picked up the childhood memories that had dissipated. While wandering, I collected moments of beauty: a flower, a blade of grass, a person, an object, a patch of light, a corner, an instant.