Vietnam's unique landscapes exhibited in Hanoi

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A photo from the first prize winner Hoang Trung Thuy's photo album "Vietnamese Stones Seas", showcased at Pham Ngu Lao Guest House, 33 Pham Ngu Lao St., Hanoi

Some of the world's most beautiful geological images are currently on display at the Dialogue on Geoheritage photo exhibition in Hanoi.

After a run at the Hanoi Opera House, the show at the Pham Ngu Lao Guest House through July 23 features 56 individual photographs and three photo albums chosen from a photo contest held in May.

The photo show comes as part of the 2nd International Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network, a conference on in Hanoi through July 24 in which countries with UNESCO-recognized geoparks are meeting to discuss the preservation of natural landscapes.

UNESCO recognizes a geopark as a "territory encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons but also by virtue of its archaeological, ecological or cultural value," according to the UNESCO website.

The global body's official geopark program seeks to conserve the planet's geological heritage while encouraging sustainable research and development by the concerned communities.

The photos on show in Hanoi, selected from 2,219 works by 179 artists nationwide, were meant to capture the concept of geological heritage through images. They feature landscapes in Vietnam, including the famous red and yellow sand-dune beaches in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan, Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern province of Cao Bang, and Ma Pi Leng Mountain and the famous stone fences of the northernmost mountainous province of Ha Giang.

The first prize was awarded to the photo album "˜Vietnamese Stones Seas' by Hoang Trung Thuy, second prize was taken by "˜Lithophone' by Vo Ngoc Lan and "˜Ly Son fairy island' (Quang Ngai Province) by Nguyen Xuan Vinh.

Third prizes went to "˜Son Tra Cave' (in Da Nang) by Truong Minh Dien, "˜A new day on top of Fansipan' (Lao Cai Province) by Bui Quoc Ky and "˜Dragon down' (Quang Ninh Province) by Do Khanh Giang.

The Dong Van Karst Stone Plateau in Ha Giang Province is the first official UNESCO global Geopark in Vietnam and the second in Southeast Asia.

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