The biennial festival is hosted by the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibitions under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Throughout its three previous iterations (2015, 2017 and 2019), the Young Photography Festival has received the support and participation of a large number of young photographers. In 2021, after more than three months, the organising board had received 1,895 works from 270 authors from 57 provinces and cities nationwide.
The arts council of the festival, established by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, consists of reputable photographers who work objectively, fairly and responsibly, selecting 128 works and 85 authors for display. Of which, the 19 best works have been selected for awards, including 16 awards in the category of Realistic Photos, and 3 in the category of Conceptual Photos. Specifically, the arts council awarded one gold medal, four silver medals, five bronze medals and nine consolation prizes.
A representative from the organising board said that with new discoveries, creations, and experiments, the works selected for display and awards at the Youth Photography Festival 2021 showcase an impressive and vivid expression on the issues of contemporary life; beauty of people, culture and the landscape of the country; as well as the thoughts, opinions, ideas of young cameramen.
Thereby, the works express a Vietnam that is both traditional, modern, dynamic, integrated, and the desire to rise up and prove the bravery of young people.
According to the organising board, the Youth Photography Festival 2021 is an artistic event for young photographers in particular and for the photography industry in general, an attractive "playground" suitable to the interests and needs of young people to create and publish works.
This is also considered an opportunity for young people who love photography throughout the country to exchange, study and introduce their achievements; while at the same time act as a bridge to add passion and creativity; gather, develop and supplement the next generation of the Vietnamese photographic force.