Dem Hoa Dang (Lantern Night at Japanese-Covered Bridge) by Le Trong Khang won the 2015 Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards contest. (Photo courtesy of the organiser)

HCM City (VNA) – The fifth annual Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards is accepting submissions from amateur and professional photographers living in Vietnam and abroad.

The contest, themed Vietnam’s Rivers, aims to highlight the beauty of rivers across Vietnam, as well as the life of people living along rivers.

Le Thanh Hai, Editor-in-Chief of Vietnam Heritage Magazine, which is organising the contest, said: “The contest aims to find and preserve beautiful images of the country, as well as introduce them to the community, especially young Vietnamese and foreigners.”

Hai said she hoped the photos would raise people’s awareness about preserving Vietnamese cultural heritage.

Participants can submit their works in two categories of single photo and photo essay to cuocthianhdisanvietnam@gmail.com by September 30.

The contest entries will be judged by photographers Hoang Trung Thuy and Doan Thi Tho, and director Nguyen Quoc Hung.

The organisers will give 16 prizes worth 200 million VND (9,000 USD).

The winners will be be announced on November 23 in HCM City to celebrate Vietnam Heritage Day.

The top 100 photos in the competition will be displayed at tourism agencies, museums and universities in cities and provinces, including HCM City, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Hanoi, from October to February.

All the photos will be given to Flood Resistance House, a programme that raises funds for people affected by floods and storms.

Thanks to the programme, 274 houses have been built in the provinces of Quang Ninh, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Nam since 2013.

Began in 2012, Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards has received more than 17,000 photos. The organiser has hosted 54 exhibitions in 17 cities and provinces across Vietnam to showcase the photos.-VNA