Portrait of a queer Vietnamese person in a Soviet apartment complex. They are dressed in their own stylistic choices and posed as they may, commanding an intense presence. The idea of the contemporary individual living and existing in a still majorly conservative and traditional Vietnamese society poses an underlying threat to its youth- as they are introduced to western liberal ideologies, it poses a particular study on how the youth may challenge the perception of others around them.

Award of Excellence

Vân-Nhi Nguyen

Vân-Nhi Nguyễn (b.1999, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese photographer and artist based in Hà Nội, Việt Nam. Vân-Nhi takes interest in documentary photography, while also looking for ways in which she can introduce different approaches in the field. She uses the medium to reconstruct memories of the collective mass- be it that of her own or of the larger community, through the overlooked places and people where one finds themself positioned; the notions of memories being the bridge between society’s urgency in remaking geographies and its rigid history, questioning if they can become factual, and to what extent can one believe in it. Vân-Nhi holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Her work has been exhibited and awarded in different international institutions, namely Aperture Portfolio Prize, V&A Museum Parasol Foundation Prize, NOOR Image, Objectif Centre for Photography & Film, PhMuseum Women Photographer award, Hong Kong International Photography Festival and Matca, among others.

[ PORTRAITS ] A single photograph of a person or group of people that increases the understanding and appreciation of the subject(s). Selfies or self-portraits are acceptable. Submissions do not have to adhere to documentary principles. Alternate processes and digital manipulations are allowed. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2022.

Judges for Portraits
Sandipa Malakar
Willy Kurniawan
Zhou Yang
Ki-Ho Park
Suzanne Lee
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