The event aims to review and present awards to winners of a photo competition entitled “Vietnam’s World Heritages” which was held from January to July, 2011.
The competition was co-organised by the Fine Art, Photography and Exhibition Department and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in conjunction with the Vietnam Photographic Artists’ Association, the National Cultural Heritage Department and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
The artworks focus on Vietnam’s intangible and tangible heritages which have been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). These include the complex of Hue Relics, My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An ancient town, Thang Long Royal Citadel, Halong Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Nha Nhac (Hue Royal Court Music), the Central Highlands’ gong cultural space, Bac Ninh folk songs, Ca Tru (ceremonial singing), Giong festival at Phu Dong and Soc temples.
The exhibition attracted 282 photographers from 38 provinces and cities nationwide who submitted a total of 2012 pieces of artwork, made up of 147 black and white photos and 1865 colour images.
The examining board has selected 16 photos for recognition, with one first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes and ten consolation prizes, being given out. The exhibition will also display 206 other artworks. The first prize went to ‘The treasures of living world’ by Tran Viet Van from Hanoi.
The selected photos will be showcased in cities, both at home and abroad, to promote tourism and raise public awareness of Vietnam’s efforts to preserve its heritage.