Vietnam Photographers Receive Accolades at International Drone Photography Awards

The International Drone Photo Awards shines a spotlight on the stunning beauty of Vietnam, as seen from above through the eyes of photographers.

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Xem thêm tin về Photography works depicting diverse and colorful beauty along Vietnam have entered the top best photos at the Drone Photo Awards as part of the Siena Awards 2023, an international competition for stunning images. First launched in 2015 within the international Siena Photo Awards, the Drone Photo Awards received around 14,000 photos from over 100 countries this year. In addition to drones, entries were captured from commercial airplanes, helicopters, balloons, parachutes, airships, kites and even rockets. In 2023, the contest attracted thousands of entries from professional and amateur photographers from all over the world in 7 photo categories, photo series and video categories. Drone Photo Awards results announced in the middle of June 2023, in the single photo category, there are four photos of Vietnam in the top best photos (Highly commended and commended). All winning photos and videos will be displayed and shown at Above Us Only Sky exhibition at the monastery of Saint Galgano in Tuscany, Italy, from July 8 to November 9, 2023.
Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
Bryde whales hunting together by Pham Huy Trung. Photos: Thanh Nien newspaper

Photographer Pham Huy Trung won the consolation prize in the Wildlife category, capturing two Bryde whales hunting together in August 2022 in the waters of De Gi, an unspoiled destination in Cat Khanh commune, Phu Cat district, more than 40 km from Quy Nhon city.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘Return’ by Le Chi Trung.

‘Return’ captured by Le Chi Trung was highly appreciated in the People category. He said the photo was taken in the downstream of Ky Lo River, Phu Yen province, on low tide days, after catching fish, people follow the shallow water to return home in the afternoon sunlight, creating a picture of idyllic life.
“During a stop at the wooden bridge, I used a flycam to observe the overall scene, and was surprised to discover the riverside sandbanks, especially the winding water with many strange shapes,” said Le Chi Trung.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
The photo ‘Crossing the field’ taken by Nguyen Sanh Quoc Huy

The photo ‘Crossing the field’ taken by Nguyen Sanh Quoc Huy in the People category, captures the women carrying the weeds returning after harvesting in Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘Cyclones of ducks’ by Cao Ky Nhan.

‘Cyclones of ducks’ in the People category were taken by Cao Ky Nhan in Tra O lagoon, Phu My district, Binh Dinh province. The lagoon area is about 1,200 ha, has a high level of biodiversity and rich aquatic resources, contributing to stabilizing the livelihoods of the communities living around the lagoon.
“People raise thousands of ducks, feed them twice a day, early morning and afternoon. When the owner calls out a familiar call, the ducks will gather and wait for food. After that, they will run around people. farmers, like a tornado,” Nhan shared.

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A photo in the set photo ‘Colors of Vietnam’ by Cao Ky Nhan.

In the Series category, photographer Cao Ky Nhan also had 2 sets of 17 photos that were highly appreciated by the jury, including the set photo ‘Colors of Vietnam’, depicting the beauty of landscapes and craft villages. Vietnam is diverse and colorful on the S-shaped land. The water season in the northern highlands around May – June attracts tourists and photographers to admire. Some notable flood season destinations in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province are Sang Ma Sao, Muong Hum and Den Sang.

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‘Making fish sauce’ by photographer Cao Ky Nhan.

The photo ‘Making fish sauce’ in Mui Ne, Binh Thuan province by photographer Cao Ky Nhan. This profession has been closely associated with the people of Phan Thiet since ancient times and is still preserved and developed to this day. When coming to Phan Thiet gateway, visitors can easily encounter fish sauce yards, feel the salty taste of salt, the characteristic flavor of fish and fish sauce.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘Lobster cage’ by Cao Ky Nhan.

‘Lobster cage’ in Hon Yen, Phu Yen province is the work of Cao Ky Nhan. In addition to fishing, Hon Yen people also have lobster rafts, viewed from above, the cage area is close together with small floats floating in the middle of the sea.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘Silence in the ancient town of Hoi An’ by Cao Ky Nhan.

‘Silence in the ancient town of Hoi An’, Quang Nam province by Cao Ky Nhan. Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 1999. Ancient houses, poetic Hoai river, daily life scenes and traditional dishes are what make Hoi An city attractive.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
Ta Pa field, Tri Ton district, An Giang province.

Ta Pa field, Tri Ton district, An Giang province in the picturesque ripe rice season of Cao Ky Nhan. Late November – early December is the most beautiful time to see ripe rice in Ta Pa. The farming practice of the local people is to focus on harvesting rice together in each area, from one plot to another. Therefore, during the harvest season, the whole field will have different colors to create a unique country painting of Tri Ton.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘Mang Thit Brick Village’ by Cao Ky Nhan.

‘Mang Thit Brick Village’, Vinh Long province by Cao Ky Nhan. Along the canals in Mang Thit district, there are more than 1,000 brick kilns, which look like miniature towers from afar. This brick kiln was formed more than 100 years ago. Today, brick kilns are still burning red even though they have passed their golden age, most concentrated on the edge of Thay Cai canal to the section bordering the Co Chien river.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘Field of chrysanthemums’

‘Field of chrysanthemums’ in Sa Dec, Dong Thap province stands out in the typical yellow color of Cao Ky Nhan’s Tet holiday. This is one of the most expensive flowers on Tet holiday but is still popular with people because of its durable flowers. At the same time, the bright yellow color and the radiating shape of the flowers symbolize prosperity and reunion, making many people love ornamental flowers in the Lunar New Year.

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
‘The Strength of Solitude’ by Cao Ky Nhan.

The set photo ‘The Strength of Solitude’ by Cao Ky Nhan. The author exploits the advantage of “solitude”, implying that it is useful for people in life to be more independent, more creative and to create a strong belief in themselves. In the photo is a mother carrying the sand dunes of Mui Ne, Binh Thuan province .

Vietnam's Drone Shots Honoured at Drone Photo Awards
O Loan lagoon, Phu Yen province by Cao Ky Nhan.

Peace on O Loan lagoon, Phu Yen province by Cao Ky Nhan. If you have the opportunity to come to this place, you can follow the boats of the fishermen to go fishing.

Hannah Nguyen