An art contest, World Heritage in Your Hands, has been launched nationwide to celebrate Vietnam's National Day for Heritage and 40 years of the World Heritage convention.

The contest aims to encourage young people 18 years of age or under to reflect upon the importance of World Heritage sites and celebrate the preservation of these sites for future generations.
Each participant should create a colourful and unique work that depicts the Vietnam World Heritage site that they live closest to.

Choices include the central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi , the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty in Thanh Hoa province, the complex of Hue monuments in Thua Thien-Hue province, Hoi An Ancient town, My Son Sanctuary and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province and Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province.

All entries should be sent to the UNESCO Hanoi Office at 23 Cao Ba Quat Street before February 1.

Images will be judged on the quality and legibility of the drawing, the originality of the image and the author's knowledge of the heritage behind it.-VNA