Organisers present the first prizes to winners of the contest (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The 16 winners of the Vietnam Heritage Photo Award 2017 were honoured at an award ceremony on November 21.

Accordingly, Dinh Cong Tam, Ha Van Dong and Ngo Minh Phuong won the first prizes. Three second prizes, three third prizes and seven consolation prizes were also presented to the winners.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hoang Trung Thuy, chairman of the jury board, said this year’s contest received 3,400 entries from photographers nationwide.

The participants followed the content required by the organising board and expressed the topics through their eye-catching pictures, he said.

The photos were divided into five categories: Nature (landscapes, marine resources, forest resources, geological resources, plants, wildlife, the environment), Tangible heritage (architecture, sculpture, art, crafts, cultural-historical relics, antiques, and national treasures), Intangible heritage (music, dance, festival, folk games, religion), Life (daily life scenes, customs, practices, portraits), and Markets.

The category that received the most entries was Life, in which photographers portray daily life from many interesting angles.

In the category Markets, the entrants brought viewers to markets in different regions nationwide and expressed the identity, culture and customs of local people in each place.

The photo contest is held annually to celebrate the Vietnam National Heritage Day on November 23.

On the occasion, the organisers also handed over 100 photos to a charity group for a fundraising campaign, which will support people affected by recent floods.

The same day, an exhibition on 100 photos comprising the winners of the Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2017 opened in Hanoi. Other exhibitions will be held in HCM City and the central city of Da Nang on November 22-23.

Meanwhile, about 300 artefacts unearthed at various sites in the northern province of Hai Duong are on display at an exhibition at the provincial museum to mark Vietnam Culture Heritage Day.

The objects date back to the Ly (1009-1225) and Tran (1226-1400) dynasties.

The province has more than 2,000 sites where many tangible and intangible heritage values are preserved, including 220 belonging to the Ly and Tran dynasties, plus 700 traditional festivals and hundreds of traditional crafts.

The exhibition runs until December 5.-VNA