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Photographs, advertisements catch the eye

Two major and eye-popping events, the Busan International Photo Festival (BIPF) and Ad Stars, are in town for their annual events. The Busan International Photo Festival is running through Oct. 18 at Geocheong Shipyard in Yeongdo. The stylized "Anthropocene_Save Our Planet" is this year's theme, and it features exhibitions created by renowned domestic and foreign photographers who have spent their careers exploring and documenting the planet in its climate crisis.  

3-2-6_An Elegy for the Death of Hamun by Hashem Shakeri
"An Elegy for the Death of Hamun," by Hashem Shakeri.

This year's BIPF will feature guests and work from many famous photographers from around the world, including Mandy Barker, Nick Hannes, Zhang Kechun and South Korea's Lee Daesung, all of whom concentrate their efforts to document how the planet and its people struggle with climate change. The festival will also present this year's Sony World Photography Awards, Ramsar Wetland Environment Exhibition and the Best Photographer Awards for those in their teen years.

3-2-6_On the shore of a Vanishing Island
 "On the Shore of a Vanishing Island," by Lee Daesung. 

BIPF welcomes visitors from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Ticketing must be done in advance via the official website at Visitors to the festival are allowed to stay for up to 30 minutes per session, with a party of up to five members able to book at once. 

In contrast, the usually-colorful Ad Stars will cancel its offline events and hold conferences and awards ceremonies online on Oct. 22. The organizing committee has selected its Grand Prix winners for the year, including a first-ever win for a South Korean company for inventing an artificial intelligence braille translation machine, a work that raises social issues about women's inequality in the Middle East from the United Arab Emirates and Thai Airways' new initiative to give travelers miles for staying home. Submissions in additional fields of advertisements and commercials were honored with prizes, too. For more information, visit