The photo of Vietnam's Tran Dinh Thuong has been selected as a “special mention” in an international photo contest highlighting financial inclusion of the poor around the world organized by a World Bank affiliate.
Thuong’s photo, “Traditional”, depicts a woman transporting ceramic pots at a kiln.
“The judges appreciated the symmetry in the image and remarked that he captured the photo at exactly the right moment,” the World Bank said in a statement.
Six other photographers from Vietnam were designated as finalists in the 2014 CGAP Photo Contest, which received a record number of 4,820 entries from professional and amateur photographers in 95 countries. The contest is held annually by the Consultative Group to Assist The Poor.
"Rice Harvesting" by Luis Sanchez Davilla shows a family involving in rice harvesting operations in Northern Vietnam.
"Happy together" by Truong Minh Dien. This couple has led the profession of weaving baskets for generations. Every day when they are done, they bring the baskets to the market to sell.
"Father and Son" by Le Minh Quoc. This father and son engage in fishing as way to earn their livelihood.
"Potter" by Nguyen Huy Linh. Despite losing an arm, this man still makes pottery and supports his family.
"To the Market" by Pham Tuan Kiet. Each day, these women traverse the dunes to reach a market to sell their products.
"Hand Weaving" by Vu Xuan Thao. Hand weaving is the traditional job of the Cham people in this area of Vietnam. In most villages, you can buy scarves, sarongs and clothes made by Cham women.
The East Asian region was very well represented in the winning set of images. Fifteen of the 30 winning images were from this region, including the first prize winner, Soh Yew Kiat of Malaysia.
Kiat’s photo, “Cormorant Fisherman,” depicts a man in China practicing the vanishing craft of cormorant fishing – a traditional technique thousands of years old that involves training birds to catch fish.
“Cormorant Fisherman” taken in China by Malaysian photographer Soh Yew Kiat. While there aren't many practicing cormorant fishing these days, this man continues his family's legacy as a cormorant fisherman. He became an entrepreneur as a local tour guide for the many travelers who visit the area each year.
The judges selected “Cormorant Fisherman” because of the poetic and evocative way it tells a story, according to the World Bank statement.
Through strong photography, CGAP showcases the different ways in which poor households manage their financial lives and raises awareness about the importance of formal financial services for people at the base of the economic pyramid.
In Vietnam, 79 percent of the adult population is “unbanked” and lacks an account at a formal financial institution.