A beautiful journey

08/12/2017 15:05

The 2017 Heritage Photographic Contest: Journey of Heritages 2017 was a great success, taking a team of photographers - and our readers - on an exciting journey

  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
  • A beautiful journey
Heritage's 2017 photo contest has ended, following five preliminary rounds and one final round held in early November. The Jury selected 15 outstanding photo albums and 15 cover photos, which all won First prizes or ranked among the Top 3 highest-scoring entries in each preliminary round. One photo album and one cover photo received the Special Prize of the Year. The album “Hon Yen (The Swallow Islet) is much more than a tourist attraction” by photographer Diep Bao Tan won the Special Prize in the Photo Album category, while “Waves of rice, waves of life” by photographer Pham Duc Minh won the Special Prize in the Cover Photo category.
  In tandem with this year's preliminary rounds, Heritage organized the 2017 Photo Tour in late September. This year, the Photo Tour headed for the tranquil and magnificent rocky highlands of Ha Giang. Departing from Hanoi, participating photographers visited a number of iconic attractions famed not only for their breathtaking landscapes but also for their cultural values, being home to Lo Lo, Hmong, Tay and Chinese communities.
During this journey, photographers captured the innocent laughter of highland kids and houses that seem to rise from the rocks and are unique to these highlands. In the Dong Van Rock Highlands, the national flag flew proudly under azure skies. The ancient rock mansion of the Vuong clan and the mossy yin-yang roofs in the Old Town drew the photographers' lenses. They were equally eager to photograph bustling marketplaces in Lung Phin and Dong Van and to share these colorful images with our readers.
  The six-day trip through the rocky highlands took place from September 28 to October 3, 2017. Thanks to this journey, Heritage magazine's readers can enjoy images of buckwheat flower fields in Ha Giang; tranquil villages surrounded by stone walls; and local delicacies such as spicy fermented corn liquor. Through this trip, both photographers and editors had chances to learn more about the local cultures, visiting Lung Tam village, famous for its Hmong linen weaving techniques. Highlights of this journey included visiting cozy yellow clay-walled houses and sitting beside calm lakes glinting in the twilight.
Through the works of participating photographers, our readers can see a new side of Ha Giang. With its remote and impoverished highlands and iconic geopark, Ha Giang is rich in laughter, vigorous natives and scenes of bright flowers and plants.
  To wrap up the whole 2017 Photographic Contest, an exhibition will take place in Hanoi in December 2017. All entries that won Special Prizes, First Prizes in the preliminary rounds and placed in the Top 3 in these rounds will be put on display, along with some other works.
This was the fifth year in a row that Heritage organized this contest. Building on this year's success, a new contest will begin in 2018, featuring new rules and photo tours for candidates. Heritage magazine's 2018 photographic contest will be launched in February 2018.

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