Photographer Quang Phung wins Bui Xuan Phai Grand Prize

Friday, 2013-08-30 12:43:36
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81-year-old photographer Quang Phung was honoured at an award ceremony on August 29. (Credit: The thao & Van hoa)
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Nhan Dan – Veteran photographer Quang Phung has been awarded the Bui Xuan Phai Grand Prize for his pictures portraying the everyday life of Hanoians and the Sword Lake.

His award-winning photos were presented to the public in the Flowers Falling on the Lake Surface exhibition in October 2011 and the bilingual photo book titled Wandering the Sword Lake which was published in June 2011.

Photographer Quang Phung, born in 1932, is a native of Hanoi, who has been spending most of his life capturing the Sword Lake in its plain beauty of everyday life as well as during historic moments of the country.

The Best Work Prize goes to UK diplomat John Ramsden for his photo collection capturing the life of Hanoi during the 1980s.

As Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in the early 1980s, Sir John Ramsden shot over 1,800 photos between 1980 and 1983 as a result of his long walks around Hanoi and bicycle trips to the surrounding villages.

In May 2013, his images were presented to the public for the first time in the Hanoi: Spirit of Place exhibition in London.

The two Jobs Prizes were awarded to a group of veterans who recovered the remains of soldiers born in Hanoi and northern provinces who died in Kon Tum in 1968 and a group of preservationists who helped build a ceramic museum for Kim Lan village on the outskirts of Hanoi.

The Idea Prize was given to authors of a project to formulate a code of social etiquette for Hanoi residents.

The Bui Xuan Phai – For the Love of Hanoi Prize, as is known by its full name, was named after painter Bui Xuan Phai (1920-1988), who had a great impact on modern Vietnamese fine arts and is renowned for his paintings of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The annual award honours people and their works, jobs and ideas in any field that carry a passionate love for the thousand-year-old capital city.