A graphic artwork by Dang Huyen Trang, 25, won top prize in a visual arts competition inspired by the novel Life of Pi.

The book by Canadian author Yann Martel tells the story of 16-year-old Pi's long journey on a small boat in the Pacific Ocean with an unexpected companion, a Bengal tiger.

Launched in April by the Canadian Embassy and Nha Nam Culture and Communication JSC to mark the World Book Day and celebrate 40 years of Canada-Vietnam diplomatic relations, the competition was open to people aged 15 to 25.

The organising board received many entries in various genres such as drawing, painting, photography, graphic design and video.

"This award-winning novel sparked the creativity of many Vietnamese young people," said Canadian Ambassador Deborah Chatsis. "We're so happy that the competition helped readers have a better understanding of the beauty and diversity of Canada ."

Winner Trang said she read the book as a student, but was really moved by the Oscar-winning film directed by Ang Lee. Inspired by the film, she tried to express the hope of life through her work.-VNA