|Making a splash: This photograph of the Mountain Cow Racing Festival won second prize at the ASEAN – One Community 2016 press photo contest. It was taken by Vietnamese photographer Nguyễn Hữu Định. The festival is held every year in the southern province of An Giang during the Sene Dolta ceremony of the Khmer people. — Photo courtesy of VJA|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A moment from the Nong Khai Water Festival captured by Mongkolchal Panyatrakul of Thailand has won first prize at the ASEAN – One Community 2016 photo contest.
Two months after the contest was launched, the prize winners were announced last Thursday.
The second prize was won by Việt Nam’s Nguyễn Hữu Định for a shot taken at the Moutain Cow Racing Festival.
Three third place prizes went to photographers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Hosted by Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA), the press photo contest was a part of the activities celebrating a year of the ASEAN Community established in 2015.
Addressing the awarding ceremony, held within the framework of a conference on “Journalism after 30 years of đổi mới (renewal process) – Theoretical and Practical issues,” VJA President Thuận Hữu said the event aimed to strengthen solidarity and connectivity among journalists and media organisations in the ASEAN community. It also aimed to improve training, cultivation of professional skills and exchange of journalists’ delegations.
The contest attracted over 650 photos from members of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists, 87 were shortlisted in the first screening and ten chosen for prizes.
The photographs capture the unique characteristics of each nation as well as the solidarity, friendship and collaboration among people in the region, said Hồ Quang Lợi, first vice president of VJA and one of the judges. — VNS
|Heads and shoulders: "A Good Year", taken from a farm in north of Manila by Mauricio Victa of the Philippines, won third place in the regional photo contest. — Photo courtesy of VJA|
|Going bananas: "Floating Market" by Dwi Pambudo Rakyat Merdeka of Indonesia won a joint-third prize at the ASEAN photo contest. It shows women buying and selling food at floating market, Martapura River, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia. — Photo courtesy of VJA |
|Many, but one: One of the three third prizes of the press photo contest ASEAN – One Community 2016 was rewarded to Mohd Faihan Mohd Ghani of Malaysia. — Photo courtesy of VJA|
|Holy water: Nong Khai Water Festival by Mongkolchal Panyatrakul of Thailand received first prize at the press photo contest ASEAN – One Community 2016. The photo shows people pouring water on a Buddha statue. — Photo courtesy of VJA|