On Wednesday the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008
Olympic Games (BOCOG) launched a worldwide campaign to solicit
photographic images featuring smiling children's faces for
potential use in the Games' opening and closing ceremonies.
"Photos that depict a full frontal image of the face of a
smiling or laughing child are all welcome," BOCOG said in a
statement. "But the photos should never have been publicly used or
displayed for commercial purposes and the child must be under the
age of 10."
The entries must be at least 5 million pixels, in color, and be
bright and sharp. Photos meeting these requirements taken by
ordinary digital cameras are acceptable.
The deadline for submitting photos is April 30, 2008.
BOCOG said that the exact creative use of the photos remains
confidential for the time being to preserve the element of surprise
and to support the best presentation of creative ideas in the
The organizers have been tight-lipped on details about the
opening ceremony of the 2008 Games. Last month, Chinese filmmaker
Zhang Yimou, picked as the chief director of the Olympics
Ceremonies, said that they would soon embark on rehearsing the
The Beijing Olympic Games will start on August 8, 2008.
(Xinhua News Agency September 6, 2007)