Smithsonian photo contest enters final round with 5 from Vietnam

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A boy flying face up into a river in Hanoi, a woman floating on a boat amid rolls of blooming water lilies in the Mekong Delta are some Vietnamese images which have made to the final list of a world’s famous photo contest.
The Smithsonian Photo Contest 2014 of the namesake US magazine has selected five Vietnamese photos among 60 finalists.
The 12th edition of the contest received more than 26,500 entries from 93 different countries for six categories: natural world, travel, people, Americana, altered images and mobile.
Vietnam has two candidates in the people category, two for travel and one altered image.
The Grand Prize and category winners will be announced on March 31.
There’s also the Readers’ Choice winner cash prize of $500 for the finalist that receives the most votes at the contest's website by March 30.

 A woman collects water lilies in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. The plant is the region's specialty during the annual flood season. The photo was taken by Nhiem Hoang in October 2014 and competes in the travel category.

  Another travel category finalist of Hoang Long Ly shows a fisher checks his net in the early morning at Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat, a popular resort town in the Central Highlands. Fishers lower nets into the water at night and turn on lights above them to lure fish. The photo was taken in March 2014.

Viet Phuong Tran's photo shows two boys enjoy a river bath near Nghiem Xuyen village in Hanoi one afternoon. The photo was taken in August 2014 and is in people category. 

 Pham Ty's photo also enters people category's final list by capturing from above two women sewing a fishing net at a small village near Vinh Hy Bay in central Vietnam. Their husbands are fishers. The photo was taken in November 2013.

Am altered image photo by Trang Nguyen in April 2014 shows a mist blanket over Ba Na Hill Station in Da Nang, which is known as the world's longest and highest non-stop single-track cable car.

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