The Party Central Committee (PCC)’s Commission for Information and Education, the PCC’s Commission for External Relations, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, Sports and Tourism, the General Department of Political Affairs of the Vietnam People’s Army, the Vietnamese Association of Photographic Artists, and relevant units jointly organized the events.

General Phan Van Giang (second from right) and Mr. Nguyen Trong Nghia (second from left) present the gold prizes to photographers with the best photos of the contest.

Present at the events were Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang, Head of the PCC’s Commission for Information and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia and Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lieutenant General Nguyen Doan Anh.

This was the second time the PCC’s Commission for Information and Education launched the art photo contest on national border. The organizers received nearly 10,000 photos, including 5,765 single photos and 503 sets of photos from 1,000 photographers nationwide.

Addressing the award ceremony, General Phan Van Giang spoke highly of the organizers’ efforts and congratulated the awardees.

The defense chief emphasized that under the sound leadership of the Party and the joint efforts of the whole political system, Vietnam has gained achievements in border sovereignty and national territory protection. He attributed the achievements to the contribution of the dissemination work with this national art photo contest as a vivid testament.

He highlighted the remarkable increase in both quality and quantity of photos. He praised top photos of the final round, saying that they contain rich and diverse contents, high aestheticism and creativeness, meeting the criteria of lay-out, lines, lighting and dissemination effectiveness.

According to the defense minister, top photos vividly reflect the beauty of the national borderline, the culture, scenery and people in border areas and at the same time spread meaning, activities, simple and sacred deeds of the forces who firmly safeguard the national border regardless of day or night.

He suggested the PCC’s Commission for Information and Education and all-level party committees, local authorities pay attention to building a contingent of those in charge of border-related information dissemination with political stance, knowledge of border work and consider further cooperation to spread the significance and value of the contest to encourage photographers and acknowledge and honor national border protection force.

At the event, the organizers awarded prizes to 22 top photos. Two golden prizes went to the single photo entitled “Joyful Khmer water festival in the South” taken by Nguyen Hoang Nam from An Giang, and the set of photos “Vietnam - Laos Border Defense Friendship Exchange” by Nguyen Van Hoang from Nghe An. Four silver, six bronze and 10 consolation prizes were also handed over.

One hundred and eighty eight photos of the contest were selected for the exhibition launched the same day.

Translated by Mai Huong