As part of its dedication to the support of emerging Chinese photographers, Three Shadows established its annual Three Shadows Photography Award program (TSPA) in 2009. Every year, the Three Shadows staff and a rotating panel of international judges review hundreds of portfolios from photographers of Chinese descent, identify 30 finalists, and select one winner, who receives a prize of 80,000 RMB. The Shiseido Photographer Prize is awarded concurrently; that winner receives 20,000 RMB. The TPSA has given significant boosts to the careers of its winners and finalists, and it has emerged as one of the premier platforms for young photographers in China. In April 2018 the contest will hold its 10th awards ceremony.