Photo of water lily harvest in southern Vietnam wins international prize
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Khanh Phan's aerial shot of women in conical hats harvesting water lilies has won the third prize at the Malta International Photo Awards and €500 ($596) in cash.
Taken in a pond in Moc Hoa District in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, the photo captures the women washing flowers with long stems before taking them to sell or cook.
"Women in the Mekong Delta have been doing this for generations and they are taught how to row boat when still young," Khanh said.
The photo description by the MIPA Travel Award 20/21 reads: "There are many tourists who come to southern Vietnam to experience the feeling of boating along the rivers... and they can see these images."
A photograph taken by Khanh Phan shows women harvesting water lilies in a pond in Long An Province.
Water lilies, which blossom during the rainy season, are used for decoration and to make tea. Their stalks are edible and can be eaten raw with either fermented paste or braised sauce or cooked in sour soups and hotpots.
Khanh, a native of the northern province of Thai Binh, lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2017 she bought her first camera to pursue her passion for photography.
Khanh said being a woman makes a photographer’s job difficult since she has to go alone to places hard to access to take pictures. But her hard work and passion have paid off, and she has won 30 awards at home and abroad in the last three years.
Another photo, "Bamboo basket seller" taken in Tat Vien village on the outskirts of Hanoi by Ly Hoang Long was named in the top 15 in the international contest.
A photo taken by Ly Hoang Long shows a man selling bamboo baskets on his bicycle in Hanoi.
The village has long been known for making bamboo baskets used for fishing. Villagers load them on bicycles and go around to sell.
The €7,500 first prize went to Minko Mihaylov of Morocco for a shot of the Sahara Desert after sunrise.
Founded in 2018, the Malta International Photo Award is a premier contest that seeks to share and promote the art of and passion for photography across the globe. This year it received thousands of entries from all over the world.