Budding Women Photographers vie for Top Award



Dozens of entries in the Vietnamese Women in the Year 2000 National Photographic Competition have been received by the Au Co women's photography club of Ha Noi.

The competition, focusing on the role of women in development in Viet Nam, was launched on International Women's Day on 8 March 2000, to increase opportunities for budding female photographers and to project positive images of Vietnamese women in development.

The United Nations (UN) is supporting the Au Co women's photography club to conduct the competition, in coordination with the Viet Nam Women's Union and the Viet Nam Association of Photography. All UN agencies undertaking programmes in Viet Nam are providing funding, including FAO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDCP, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNIFEM, UNV, WFP and WHO. Nikon is also generously sponsoring the national competition, providing high quality cameras as the top prizes.

As well as being an important initiative for Vietnamese women photographers and showcasing the skills, talents and role of women in Viet Nam, the competition has many prizes and awards on offer. A total of twenty-four cash prizes and sixty merit certificates will be presented to winners and runners-up in each category. Four high-quality Nikon cameras are also up for grabs, to be awarded to the best overall photograph and three runners-up. Winners will also be funded to attend an awards ceremony and exhibition of the winning photos to be staged in Ha Noi on National Women's Day - 20 October 2000.

There are twelve categories of the competition, correlating to the themes of women's roles in development in which UN agencies work in Viet Nam. The twelve categories depict the role of women in poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS prevention, child protection, family planning and reproductive health, agriculture and food production, cultural preservation, industrial development, returnee reintegration, unpaid and voluntary work, migration, health care and drug prevention.

The competition is open to all Vietnamese women, who may enter any number of photographs in any of the twelve categories. Photographs may be either colour or black and white. The size of photographs should be between 25 cm and 30 cm wide and between 30 cm and 40 cm long. An additional photo measuring 9 cm by 12 cm should accompany the entry.

Photographs should include a title, the name of the category, and the name, age, address and phone number of the photographer. All entries must be received by 30 August 2000 and can be sent to:

Photographic Competition: Vietnamese Women in the Year 2000
Viet Nam Women's Union
39 Hang Chuoi, Ha Noi.