According to a report from the Vietnam General Statistics Office in 2015, women constitute a critical workforce in agricultural production, especially in rural areas where women represent 63.4% of the workforce. Rural women are contributing significantly to Vietnam’s economic growth. However, rural women and girls are among the people most likely to be poor, to lack access to productive resources such as land, modern inputs, technology and financial services, education, health care and other social protection services, and to be hit hardest by climate change. On almost every measure of development, rural women, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, fare worse than rural men.

Photography in specific can be a powerful tool to raise awareness and to trigger positive development in society. This contest gives a platform to Vietnamese society to picture the positive changes they want to see regarding empowering rural women.

Poster of the contest

The competition invites Vietnamese people from all ages, to recognize rural women’s contribution through photographs. Detailed information about prizes on the contest can be found hereunder.

Deadline for applications: June 8 2018

Participants are encouraged to submit photos under four specific topics including:

- Rural women and technology

- Rural women and sustainable agriculture

- Rural women and disaster/climate change

- Rural women in business and/or cooperatives

- Rural women in leadership and decision making

- Gender equality between rural women and men

Prizes: One First Prize:  in kind worth VND 10 million 

One Second Prize: in kind worth VND 7 million

One Third Prizes: in kind worth VND 5 million

People’s Choice prize: in kind worth VND 5 million 

Preliminary round: UN Women Vietnam will upload 40 photos on the Facebook Page. The participant with most likes on Facebook will be rewarded for People’s Choice Award.

Final round: Our Judging Panel will select 30 photos for all awards. Winners can receive prizes, certificates and their works will be exhibited.

Submission of entries

• Contestants can submit their images through email: with the title “Rural & Sustainable Development Photo Contest” or send a CD/DVD (sealed in an envelope including the name of the photo contest) to UN Women Vietnam – 304  Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

• Each image must be included a detailed caption (no more than 100 words).

• Each entrant can submit up to (15) images.

• Name, date of birth, address, email and mobile phone number must be included.

Submission requirements:

All images which go to the final round and winners will be selected by the Judging Panel (UN Women Vietnam, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Vietnam Women’s Union, the embassies of Australia and Canada iin Vietnam

• The winning images will be selected based on the specific impact on the perception of society of rural women and sustainable development.

• Each image submitted must be an original, unique, creative and unpublished work of the participant who must also be its copyright owner.

• Black and white images are acceptable.

• Images taken with digital camera, conventional films or mobile phones (scanned into digital format) are eligible. Submitted images should be in JPEG format, at least 200 dpi/inch, and 1-5 MB in size.

• Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the images will not be allowed. Only basic enhancements such as sharpening, contrast adjustment, or simple cropping will be allowed.

• Permission to use the image of individuals pictured in the photographs must be included.

• All images must be the original work of participants and do not infringe the copyright of third parties.

The finalists will not only receive prizes, certificates but their works will be also exhibited on 20 October 2018.

Reported by Khanh Hung - Hoang Linh