Vietnamese photographer scoops award at Paris contest

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Vietnamese photographer Tran Viet Van's collection "Life" won an Honorable Mention Award in the Fine Art category for professional photographers at the 2010 Prix de la Photographie Paris competition.


One of the five photos in Tran Viet Van's "Life" collection, depicting an 87-year-old woman who prays for peace for her family (Photo courtesy of Viet Van)

Van said the five photos in the collection convey his feelings about the instability of life which obsesses him every morning when he wakes up, watches or reads the news, and observes things happening around him.

The contest, known as Europe's biggest and most prestigious photography competition, drew thousands of photos from 85 countries and territories this year, including famous photographers who have recently won the World Press Photo contest.

The jury comprised of 23 members from well-known media agencies like the New York Times, American Illustration, American Photography, Time Magazine, Paris Match, and Sydney Morning Herald.

Last year, Van received 14 international awards. He has won six so far this year.

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