Nguyen Viet Cuong (middle, front row) wins the first prize with the photo "Niem vui tren cay cau huu nghi Viet Nam-Nhat Ban"(Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A total of 57 excellent photos chosen from a contest on Vietnamese and Japanese youths joining hands to bolster friendship were on display at an exhibition held by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Vietnam Youth Federation Central Committee on October 31.

The contest, which was launched on July 31, is part of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan (September 21, 1973). It aims to improve young people’s understanding of the bilateral relations as well as friendship between the two peoples while helping Japanese youth have a deep insight into Vietnam’s land and people in the integration process.

During July-October, the organising board received more than 1,000 entries of 126 domestic and foreign photographers. All of the photos capture outstanding culture, tradition, and especially friendship between the two countries.

“Niem vui tren cay cau huu nghi Viet Nam-Nhat Ban” (Vietnam-Japan friendship bridge sheers bliss) by Nguyen Viet Cuong from Hanoi won the first prize. Meanwhile, the second prizes went to Nguyen Kim Long who is living in Japan with the work  "Tuoi tre Viet Nam tham gia Le hoi Harajuki Super Yosakoi nam 2013" (Vietnamese youths at Harajuki Super Yosakoi festival in 2013), and Ho Nhu Y from Hanoi with the photo “ Nhat Hoang va Hoang hau den tham Dai noi Hue" (Japanese Emperor and Empress visit Hue Imperial Citadel).

There were also five third and five consolidation prizes.-VNA