Award-winning drone shots depict Vietnam's beauty

 Vietnamese photographers have won big at the annual 35AWARDS 2020, with their prize-winning drone shots capturing the harmony of nature and people.

Pham Huy Trung's shot capturing a woman harvesting water chestnuts in a field of Thang Binh District in central Quang Nam Province won the first prize in the drone photography category of the annual 35AWARDS 2020, an international event created in 2015 by the professional photo community

His shot was also named overall winner of the sixth edition of the contest.

The contest attracted 440,000 entries from 173 countries and territories to compete in 27 categories, including drone, wildlife, black and white, and children.

The best 100 photos in the aerial photography category boasts 14 representatives from Vietnam.

Nguyen Ngoc Thien won the second prize in the aerial photography category for his shot capturing fishermen catching anchovies on Hon Yen Islet in Phu Yen Province in south central Vietnam.

From May to August every year, fishermen from across the province flock to Hon Yen to net hundreds of thousands of kilograms of these tiny fish to supply eateries throughout the country.

This picture taken by Son La-based lensman Vu Phi Long shows the beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall in northern Cao Bang Province, near the border with China.

The aerial shot of terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai, a remote town in Yen Bai Province, was taken by photographer Vu Ngoc Tuan from Hanoi. The golden rice season from September to October is a special feature of northern mountainous regions, luring scores of visitors.

Nguyen Thanh Hai's drone shot captures fishermen casting their nets on Loc Ha Beach in central Ha Tinh Province.

The shot of a child riding a buffalo across a water chestnut field in Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province was taken by Da Nang-based lensman Ha Vu Linh.

The shot by Dong Thap-based Nguyen Van Luan was taken at a sedge mat-making village in Tuy An District of Phu Yen Province.

HCMC-based Nguyen Tan Tuan's shot shows women mending their fishing nets at Hon Ro fishing port in Phuoc Dong Commune, around seven kilometers from downtown Nha Trang, a popular beach resort town.

Hon Ro is one of the largest offshore fishing ports on the south central coast. Tuan said the job of mending nets is quite hard on women, but they patiently held on it to pay for their children's education.

The shot by HCMC-based Pham Nghia captures workers drying anchovies at 10 a.m. on August 19, 2020 in Phan Thiet Town, south central Binh Thuan Province.

HCMC-based lensman Le Huy Anh captured women washing water lilies in Kien Tuong Commune of the Mekong Delta province of Long An.

Water lilies are used for decoration and making tea in east and southeast Asia. Their stalks are edible and can be eaten raw with fermented paste or braised sauce as dips, or cooked in sour soup or hotpot.

Water lily season in the Mekong Delta lasts from early September to mid-November.

Le Thai Duong's drone shot captures a woman drying Yellowstripe scad in a yard in Rach Gia Town of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

Phan Thanh Cuong from Bac Lieu Province captured a man raking salt at dawn on a field in the province's Hoa Binh District. Cuong said it was still dark, so salt farmers had to wear specialized lights on their heads to work. Later, they piled the salt up and used a tear rod to transport it to a point of colletion.

Bac Lieu is home to hundreds of families whose entire lives are spent harvesting salt.

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