Women prepared for photo competition

May 18, 2000

Ha Noi - More than seventy women from Ha Noi and seven outlying northern provinces gathered in Ha Noi this month to complete training that better prepares them for the national women's photographic competition Vietnamese Women in the Year 2000. The training provided the women with the opportunity to gain more technical knowledge about photography, as well as briefing the women on the twelve thematic categories of the competition.

The training was organised to encourage participation and prepare women to enter the national women's photographic competition. The competition was jointly launched in March by the Au Co Womenÿs Photography Club of Ha Noi, the Viet Nam Womenÿs Union, and the Viet Nam Association of Photography, with support from the United Nations in Viet Nam and thanks to the sponsorship of Nikon cameras.

"The aim of the competition is to increase opportunities for budding female photographers and to project positive images of Vietnamese women in development," said UN gender specialist Khuat Thu Hong.

During the three-day training course, the participants attended lectures on knowledge and techniques of artistic and press photography, given by senior members of the Viet Nam Photography Association.

The women were also given a detailed explanation of the competition's twelve thematic categories, which focus on the role of women in development and the areas in which UN agencies work in Viet Nam. These themes depict the active 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. Certificates and prizes will be awarded for the winning photographs in each theme. A total of twelve first prizes of US$200 and twelve second prizes of US$100, as well as sixty merit certificates, will be awarded. Four Nikon cameras will also be awarded to the overall winner and three runners-up. Winners will also be funded to attend the awards ceremony and launching of the exhibition of winning photographs in Ha Noi to be staged on National Women's Day - 20 October 2000.

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