The biennial contest is an opportunity to gather the force of photography in the country; introduce excellent photographic artworks to the national and international public; summarise and evaluate the creative artistic labour achievements of Vietnamese photographers over two years (2021 and 2022).

The event also aims to encourage artists to create new works of value in terms of content and art, serving the people’s spiritual and cultural life.

Along with that, the contest also contributes to introducing and promoting the image of the country and Vietnamese people to the domestic and international public.

At the same time, it helps management agencies and the photography industry to have an overview and properly assess the current situation of Vietnamese photography, including the problems of photo compositions in recent times, and from there, find out the right development direction for Vietnamese photography in the period of international integration.

Participants in the 2022 Vietnam Art Photo Contest and Exhibition include professional and non-professional photographers who are Vietnamese citizens and Vietnamese living and working abroad, aged 18 years or older.

The photo named " Khong Ngung Phat Trien" (Huynh Pham Anh Dung, Ho Chi Minh City) won first prize in the category of realistic photos (single photo) at the 2020 Vietnam Art Photography Contest.

Contest photos include two categories: Realistic photos and conceptual photos with content reflecting life, people, culture, landscape, nature, construction and defence of the Vietnamese Fatherland, and efforts in the fight against natural disasters and epidemics; problems of contemporary life; thoughts, opinions, ideas about life, and other content towards the values of truth – goodness – beauty. The works were composed from July 2020 to July 2022.

The organising board will award two prize systems for two photo categories with a total of 30 prizes, including two gold medals; four silver medals; eight bronze medals and 16 consolation prizes.

Participants can send photos from now until midnight on July 15, 2022.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the exhibition are scheduled to take place this October in Ho Chi Minh City and in November in Hanoi.

The online exhibition is expected to take place from October 2022.