Vietnamese Posters Depict Fight for Freedom

The best 15 works were selected from over 1,000 entries in a propaganda poster competition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7, 1954-2024).

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The competition was held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism throughout 2023, attracting a large number of participants.

All for Dien Bien Phu Campaign by Do Nhu Dien from Thai Binh province receives the first prize.

One first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes, ten consolation prizes, and one merit prize were given to sixteen of the finest works by fifteen competitors.

Both the first and second prizes were awarded to painter Do Nhu Dien from the northern province of Thai Binh.

“I was deeply moved by the indomitable spirit of the Vietnamese soldiers during the anti-French war and decided to portray their images on my posters. It took me only a month to complete the winning paintings,” he said.

According to Ninh Thu Huong, Chief of the Ministry’s Mass Culture Department, all the winning works met aesthetic criteria and effectively conveyed the significance of the Dien Bien Phu Victory to the public.

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu
was the climax of the First Indochina War between the French invasion forces and the Vietnamese army.

The Victory of the Great National Unity of Vietnam, also by Do Nhu Dien, receives the second prize.

The battle lasted from March 13 to May 7, 1954, and resulted in a decisive French defeat that influenced the negotiations in Geneva on the future of Indochina.

Under the Geneva Accords, France consented to withdraw its troops from all its colonies in French Indochina.

These vibrant and visually appealing posters are regarded as the most effective means of fostering a deeper understanding among the younger generation of the fighting spirit of Vietnamese soldiers, the close bond between the people and the military, and the day-to-day experiences of Vietnamese people during the anti-French war from 1954 to 1975.

Below are the most remarkable works from the 70th Anniversary of the
Dien Bien Phu Victory
Propaganda Competition.

The second prize winning picture (left) by Nguyen Duy Thanh (Hanoi) and the third prize winning picture (right) by Nguyen Ngoc Khai (Dak Nong).
The Memory of Dien Bien (left) – Third prize winner by Le Ngoc The (Nghe An) and Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh – Dien Bien Phu – Consolation prize winner (right) by Do Trung Kien (Hanoi).
The Victory of the Great National Unity of Vietnam (left) & Proud of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (right) – Third Prize Winners by Pham Binh Dinh (Hanoi).
“Vietnam’s ‘Special Weapon’ Contributes to Great Victory” by Phan Thi Thanh Nga (Hanoi) wins the consolation prize.
Pham Binh Dinh’s The Victory of the Spiritual Power and the People’s Hearts (left) and Nguyen Dinh Hung’s Resound Forever the Epic – the Brilliant Golden History of Dien Bien Phu (right) receive consolation prizes.
Tran Duy Truc’s “Great Historic Victory of the Heroic Vietnamese Nation” wins consolation prize.
Consolation prize winner Victory at Dien Bien Phu by Nguyen Nam Khanh (Hanoi).