Winners of the contest and the organising board in a group photo (Source: baoquocte.vn)

Hanoi (VNA)
– A ceremony was held in Hanoi on September 29 to reward winners of the third international painting competition entitled “I draw Vietnam – I draw Russia”.

The contest received 407 submissions from 359 children of the three age groups – 6 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 16.

After three assessment rounds, three young painters obtained the first prizes. They are Duong Tue Nhi, 6, from the northern province of Vinh Phuc, Pham Anh Vu, 10, from Hanoi, and Tran Minh Trong Nhan, 13, from Ho Chi Minh City.

The organizers also presented five second, six third and 30 consolation prizes to outstanding contestants.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Trinh Quoc Khanh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association (VRFA), said the contest ran in Vietnam and Russia simultaneously.

He noted the Russian edition recorded 270 entries, adding that the winners in Russia will soon be announced and honoured.

Khanh said the paintings reflect Vietnam – Russia relations through different lens. According to him, they introduce the people and land of the two nations and describe the life of Vietnamese and Russian children.

He said the VRFA and relevant units will work to organise more activities to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries’ younger generations.

Sergey Tanakov, Counselor at the Russian Embassy in Vietnam, stressed the special meaning of the contest to bilateral ties.

He said the significant number of submissions showed Vietnamese youths’ love for and interest in their country and Russia.

Tanakov said the embassy will support the organisation of the contest in coming years and plans to hold more similar activities.-VNA