The Hanoitimes - A photo of Truong Sa Island in the Spratlys seen from a seaplane won a gold medal from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) in the landscape section.
Taken by photographer Nguyen A, the FIAP award was announced at the awards ceremony for the ninth International Artistic Photo Contest in Viet Nam 2017 (VN17). The contest, sponsored by FIAP, is conducted by the Viet Nam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA), which also awarded gold medals to category winners.
A work Truong Sa Island of photographer Nguyen A.
The biennial contest attracted 11,448 entries from 958 photographers spanning 36 countries and territories. The submission categories were portrait, daily life, landscape and the open section.
According to photographer Nguyen A, he has visited the Spratlys many times and whenever he does, he always falls in love with the islands and people there. He compared his infatuation with the islands to love at first sight. “Each time I come to the Spratlys, I discover a new splendid angle to capture in my photos,” he said. “I will return there for sure if I have a chance.”
The judging panel included famous Vietnamese and foreign photographers such as Agatha Bunanta (Indonesia), David Poey-Cher Tay (Singapore), Ly Hoang Long and Hoang Quoc Tuan (Vietnam). The council will grant FIAP and VAPA medals to photographers at each category.
According to Vu Quoc Khanh, chairman of the VAPA, the contest is a rendezvous and a big playground for amateur and professional photographers in the world, where they can share the same passion for photography and learn from each other. Through photography, we have a chance to understand the different cultures.
In the landscape category, Early Morning by Giuseppe Tomelleri (Italy) also won a gold medal from both FIAP and VAPA. In the portrait section, the FIAP gold medal went to A Thai Ethnic Woman by Vu Duy Boi (Vietnam). The VAPA gold medal was presented to Papa Carlo by Alla Sokolova (France).
In the daily life section, the FIAP gold medal was given to Love in the Snow by Guanlai Ouyang (China) while the VAPA gold medal went to Tu Tam (Tolerance) by Bui Viet Dong (Vietnam).
In the open section, the VAPA and FIAP gold medals were respectively granted to The Swan by Tran Tuan Viet (Vietnam) and Relationship by Alla Sokolova (France).
The exhibition will run until the end of December at the National Photo Archives and Exhibition Centre, Lane 3, Ton That Thuyet Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi.