11th National Press Awards prizes were raised to the highest amount in history, the awards organisation council vice president Hồ Quang Lợi announced yesterday. — Photo vietnamnet.vn
HÀ NỘI — 11th National Press Awards prizes were raised to the highest amount in history, the awards organisation council vice president Hồ Quang Lợi announced yesterday.
During a press conference on the annual awards yesterday, Lợi, who is also the vice president of the Việt Nam Journalists Association, said that those who win the first prize, or prize A, will receive VNĐ60 million (US$2,600) each this year, VNĐ10 million more than the last awards’ in 2015.
Prize B, C and the Consolation prize will be worth VNĐ40 million, VNĐ30 million and VNĐ10 million respectively.
Any press stories that reach the final round will receive some VNĐ3 million, Lợi said.
The awards this year drew 1,637 press products from 214 press organisations and individuals for competition, Lợi said.
Out of 129 finalists, 95 scooped awards, of which there were seven top prizes.
“What is amazing about this year’s awards is that the quality of the competing journalistic products shows little gap between the biggest names in the press industry and the small local ones,” he said.
Local press, in fact, won 48 prizes this year, accounting for a half of the total prizes.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Cultural Friendship Palace in Hà Nội on June 21 – the Việt Nam Revolutionary Press Day. The ceremony will be aired live on TV. — VNS