The event, held every four years, aims to enhance understanding and solidarity among the ASEAN states and offers a chance for painters in the region to meet and share their achievements, and introduce their land, peoples and cultures to others.

Director of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition Department Vi Kien Thanh said that the organising board will receive entries from now until April 19.

The competition is open to all citizens in the 10 ASEAN states of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The entries must have been created since 2017 and can include embossed prints, concave prints, flat prints, collagraphs, multidimensional prints, gum prints and digital prints.

The works should reflect the landscapes and the human life in the ASEAN countries as well as highlight urgent and contemporary issues relevant to the bloc’s members.

The top entries will be selected for display at an exhibition which is scheduled to be held in Hanoi in August.