Vietnam lensmen do well in int'l contest

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Local photographers won about half the prizes on offer at the 6th International Artistic Photo Contest held in Vietnam, the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) said on Oct 5.

The contest, sponsored by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), from June 15 to August 31, received 10,612 entries rom 55 countries and territories worldwide, a record since it was first held in 2001.

The biennial event this year has 40 prizes (VAPA and FIAP medals) in different categories, including black and white, colo, and "Images of Vietnam through international lenses."

Vietnam's Ha Van Dong won the VAPA golden medal (color) for his Tam tau (trio performance) whereas Mikhail Bondar of Ukraine won the FIAP for Rising planet-10.

Vietnamese photographers Tran Thiet Dung and Nguyen Quang Tuan won both FIAP and VAPA prizes for black and white photography with Ba chi em H'mong (Three H'mong sisters) and Qua khu mot trieu dai (A dynasty's past).

A photo taken during the International Kite Festival in Vung Tau by Vietnamese-French photographer Tran Huu Tri won the prize for "Images of Vietnam through international lenses."

The award ceremony and an exhibition of 250 best works will take place in Hanoi in November.

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