Vietnam won the world cup and two gold medals, classed as second prizes, at two contests held by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) held in Vietnam.
FIAP's 30th black and white photo contest which received ten photos from each country attending granted Vietnam the gold medal for its collection "Vuot kho" (Overcome difficulties). Scotland won the FIAP world cup for first prize.
Photographer Pham Thi Thu won the gold medal or second prize for "Di chung da cam" (Agent Orange's remains), one photo in the collection.
Meanwhile, FIAP, which is known officially as Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique, also held its 32nd young photographer contest for the under 16s and for those aged between 16 and 21-years-old.
Vietnam won the FIAP world cup for the under-16 category and came second in the other, after China.
Photographer Pham Thi Thu won the gold medal or second prize for "Di chung da cam" (Agent Orange's remains)
Most of Vietnam's photos took people as their subject, a trend encouraged by FIAP and UNESCO.
A total of 658 photos from 42 countries were sent in, the ministry said at a press briefing.
The contests were co-organized by the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry and Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists.
The winning photos and other selected photos will be displayed at Vietnam Culture and Arts Center at No.2 Hoa Lu Street, Hanoi from August 1-8, during which time FIAP will be holding its 30th festival, in Vietnam.