Mr. Nguyen Trong Nghia speaking at the event

The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) and the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

On March 15, 1953, the “National Enterprise of Cinema and Photography of Vietnam” was established in Doi Co area in Diem Mac commune, Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen province, following then President Ho Chi Minh’s Decree 147/SL, marking an important milestone in the development of the country’s photography and cinema sector. March 15 was chosen by the State as the traditional day of Vietnam’s photography on December 16, 2002.

Delegates visiting an exhibition held on the sidelines of the event

Speaking at the event, Mr. Nguyen Trong Nghia, Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education congratulated VAPA and photographers on their significant achievements over the last 70 years. He said the country’s revolutionary photography has shown impressive development and made important contribution to the national reunification, construction, and defense.

He particularly highlighted the role of photographers during resistance wars, describing them as witnesses to history who were present on battlefields to capture glorious images of the Vietnamese military and people in the struggles for national independence, freedom, and reunification. Many of the photographers laid down their lives on battlefields, leaving priceless pictures standing the test of time.

The official applauded the development and diversity of Vietnam’s photography in recent years, which has helped the implementation of political tasks, met people’s art enjoyment demand, and also served as a bridge connecting the country with the world.

Delegates at the ceremony

He expressed his belief that Vietnam’s photography sector, with VAPA being the core, will make new strides and obtain greater attainments in the time ahead.

At the event, the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists honored its members with great contribution to the Vietnamese photography sector.

Translated by Chung Anh