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Photos show why you should plan to visit Vietnam

by Inside Out

About 181 best entries of the contest will be displayed at the Vietnam Military History Museum from September 24 to 30.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has announced 13 winners of photo and clip-making contests on Vietnam’s tourism industry, launched by the VNAT on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country’s tourism sector.
The 9th national tourism photo contest attracted more than 15,000 entries from nearly 1,120 contestants nationwide, including 14 expats living in Vietnam.

Following the theme ‘Exploring Vietnam’, the entries captured moments and landscapes of charming Vietnam and the country’s diverse culture through various topics such as cuisine, seas and islands, natural landscapes, cultural heritage, daily life, and festivals.

The photo ‘Thuyen Hoa’ (Flower Boats) by Tran Minh Luong won first prize while two second prizes went to Nguyen Quang and Le Nguyen Huy for their entries entitled ‘Trong Suong’ (In the Mist) and ‘Suong Som’ (Early Mist), respectively.

Another second prize went to “In the Mist” taken on the Golden Bridge in the central city of Da Nang by Nguyen Quang. The scene is imbued with natural mist and the bridge’s lights.
The Golden Bridge, 150 meters long and 12.8 meters wide, is held up by two giant hands.

Three third and five consolation prizes were also presented to other outstanding entries.

Meanwhile, with the theme ‘Vietnam Now’, the video-making contest drew the participation of 28 contestants both at home and abroad with a total of 53 submissions. The videos recorded the contestants’ exciting experiences and journeys while exploring the beauty of the land, people and culture of Vietnam.

The special prize was awarded to ‘Quang Binh – He Nay Phai Di’ (Quang Binh – A Must-visit Place this Summer) by Le Tuyet while the first prize went to “The beauty of Nature, Culture and Humans” video by Vu Huong Giang.

Two second, three third and four consolation prizes were also announced on the occasion.

VNAT General Director Nguyen Trung Khanh said that the entries submitted to the two events will contribute to promoting the country’s tourism and attracting tourists to the country.

“Early Mist” by Le Nguyen Huy, taken in the Central Highlands resort town of Da Lat, won the second prize.
The aerial photo shows the Pedagogical College of Da Lat and its surroundings bathed in sunrays drenched mist. The building, designed by French architect Paul Moncet, was built in 1927.

“Dancers of the Sea” by Nguyen Tien Trinh, capturing flyboard performers, won one of the third prizes.
This sport uses a set of skis with two thrusters, an engine and a jetski. Players use these to “fly” 6-10 m high and perform acrobatic moves.

“Welcoming the Sun” by Do Thu Quyen, presenting mist-shrouded green tea hills greeting the rising sun, was taken in Long Coc Commune, Tan Son District, the northern province of Phu Tho.

An ethnic minority girl feeds bananas to a tusker in “Friendly” by Ton That Tuan Ninh.

One of the five consolation prizes of the contest went to “Ba Na Hills – Da Nang” by Huynh Van Truyen.
Ba Na Hills has become a famous tourist destination attracting thousands to a vast entertainment complex in an European setting.

“The Train through Le Son Tunnel” by Tran Bao Hoa is an aerial capture of a north to south train passing through a tunnel in central Quang Binh Province.

“Dancing with the Moonlight” by Nguyen Quang showcases the vibrant colors of a cultural performance on a Mid-Autumn Festival night.

“Saigon Sandwich” by Tu The Duy shows two foreign visitors smiling at the culinary wonder of Vietnamese sandwiches that have become world-famous. It shows all the ingredients that go into making this delectable treat.

Nguyen Tien Dung’s “In the Nature” is a shot of two tourists scuba diving and getting a close up view of underwater magic.
To see such corals in Vietnam, visitors can choose several destinations including Nha Trang Town, Phu Quoc Island, Con Dao Island and Da Nang City.

This photograph of a traditional Cham dance being performed in front of the Banh It Tower in central Binh Dinh Province won the most likes on the Facebook page of Travel Magazine.

The photo that was most shared was “Family and Elephant” by Duong Hoai An.
An exhibition on the 13 award-winning works and nearly 200 other photographs is being held until September 30 at the Vietnam Military History Museum, 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Admission is free.

@ HanoiTimes/ VNExpress

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