Photographer Gian Thanh Son has been recognised by the Vietnam Book of Records for the first high-level photo book of Vietnam's islands and the coastlines.

The photo book entitled Vietnam's Islands and Coastline Seen from Above was printed by Vietnam News Agency Publishing House in early 2015. The collection of nearly 400 pages features the beauty of Vietnamese islands and seas from photos that he took from army helicopters during the last 20 years.

"This is a great recognition and encouragement for photographers to have more works of Vietnam seas and islands. I am very happy and proud that my photos, which claim the inviolable sovereignty and sacred territory of the country, have been recognised," said Son.

Gian Thanh Son, a senior journalist and photographer, has been recognised for his three earlier books of photo collections: Statesmen's Portraits, A View of Vietnam from the Sky, and Integration Milestone.-VNA