New photo contest to celebrate Hanoi's 1,000th birthday

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A photo contest featuring Hanoi landscapes was launched Friday as part of the city's millennial anniversary celebrations this October.


Sunset at the Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi


The capital administration's website says "Thang Long Moments" is open to all Vietnamese and foreigners. The contest attempts to gather impressive and sophisticated views from different time and corners of Hanoi, which was named Thang Long when the city became Vietnam's capital a thousand years ago.


Contest sponsor Sony Electronics Vietnam will give VND20 million (US$1,050) to the first prize winner, VND10 million to each of two second prizes, VND5 million to each of three third prizes and VND3 million to each of five encouragement prizes.


Five prizes reflecting the audience's choice will also be given, each worth VND2 million. Three viewers who make predictions closest to the official results will receive VND1 million each.


Contestants can send their works via the website or by mail to contest organizers at Room 2104, 71 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Hanoi by the end of August.


All photos will be posted on the website and organizers will select some every week for publishing in the Hanoi Moi newspaper, which is co-organizing the contest with Vietnam Media and Investment Corporation.


Winning photos will be displayed at the Exhibition House, 29 Hang Bai Street, Hanoi from October 2-7 in a photo exhibition that gathers 1,000 impressive moments in the capital city, including works by professional photographers.


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