An international photo contest on Hanoi entitled “Tu hao Hanoi” (Proud of Hanoi) has been launched by the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA), the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition (APE), and the Hanoi Association of Photographic Artists.

Open to both Vietnamese and international photographers, the contest aims to contribute to promoting Hanoi’s history, culture and people, honoring the values of the peaceful thousand-year-old city. It also presents an opportunity for both professional and amateur photographers to show their talent and enrich the city’s photographic resources.

Photos must show the beauty of Hanoi and Hanoians and convey messages themed around either “Thang Long, Hanoi: A thousand years of culture”, “City of peace”, “Hanoi: Integration and development”, or “Hanoi: Green - Clean - Beautiful”.

Both amateur and professional photographers in Vietnam and overseas are eligible to submit their works. Each contestant is allowed to send a maximum of two entries, which can include either a single photo or a collection of five to eight photos in either black and white or color.

Organizers will accept submissions on the websites and from November 1 to June 30, 2019.

The awards ceremony and an exhibition of winning photos will take place in downtown Hanoi in October next year. There will be six top prizes, including one first prize of VND30 million ($1,300), two second prizes of VND20 million ($860), and three third prizes of VND15 million ($650). Each photo selected for the exhibition win VND1 million ($44).

As the capital for more than a thousand years, since 1010, Hanoi is considered the cultural center of Vietnam, where every dynasty has left behind its imprint. It hosts more cultural sites than any other city in the country, including hundreds of pagodas and temples.