The event aims to raise public awareness about air pollution and encourages Vietnamese to be part of the solution and speak up to reduce pollution for cleaner air. The Photo Exhibition “Feel the Air” will be open to visitors during 17-28 April 2019 at Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City.

Following the success of the Photo Contest “Portray Air, Expose Pollution” organized from 21 December 2018 to 1 February  2019 with more than 1,000,000 online reaches and 732 entries submitted from all regions of Vietnam, the Photo Exhibition “Feel the Air” has selected 34 top entries including 11 winning photographs selected by a jury and 24 other photographs which reflect the best the spirit of the campaign “Clean Air, Blue Sky”, for display at the Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City.

The Photo Contest “Portray Air, Expose Pollution” and the Photo Exhibition “Feel the Air” are two kick-off activities for the “Clean Air, Blue Sky” campaign. The event welcomed over one hundred guests, including representatives from Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, a number of embassies, media agencies, partner organizations, NGOs, scientists and environmentalists, and photographers.

“Vietnam is a beautiful country and I hope that encouraged by the “Clean Air, Blue Sky” campaign and especially the Photo Exhibition “Feel the Air”, everyone will join hands to work towards a cleaner air and for sustainable development”, said Ms. Daniela Scheetz, German Deputy Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City.

At the opening and ceremony, CHANGE also launched two communications products for the campaign “Clean Air, Blue Sky”: a short video entitled “The Grey Planet” and the website “cleanairbluesky.org” to send a strong message about the current haze pollution.

“According to a current World Bank report, air pollution in Vietnam has caused damage amounting to 5 % of the annual GDP. Therefore, maintaining healthy air quality is fundamental to ensuring sustainable economic development,” Ms. Nguyen Thi Cat Tuong, project manager of CHANGE said. “I hope that through the photo exhibition “Feel the Air” and the campaign “Clean Air, Blue Sky”, people will become aware of the impact of air pollution on the environment and human health. We need to work together to reverse the air pollution which is affecting everyone of us.”

After being on display at Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, the 34 selected photographs will travel by bus to different venues in Ho Chi Minh City until 17 May 2019. The bus tour will further raise the awareness of Vietnamese people, especially of young people for the campaign “Clean Air, Blue Sky” and inform them about the rising air pollution in Vietnam.

The event was honored to receive support from 350.org, Canon Việt Nam, Strategic Media partner Chicilon Media and Media partners including Target Media, WE Media, Ureka Media, POPS and SMPAA.

List of winners of the photo contest “Portray Air, Expose Pollution”:

  • The First Prize: “Northern Thermal Power Center ” by Nguyen Thanh Chung;
  • The Second prizes:  “Collecting trash” by Pham Huy Dang  and “Bao Loc: a city of smoke” by Le Van Cuong
  • The Third prizes:  “Thermal power plant beside a natural world wonder” by Tran Ngoc Nam, “Depletion of water resources” by Tran Van Tuy and “Two… three, let’s hold our breath!” by Nguyen Minh Tan.
  • The Consolation prizes: “Black color” by Nong Thanh Toan, “The Road of Suffering” by Pham Van Hoc, “Hanoi smog or fog” by Nguyen Viet Cuong, “Burning garbage in Phuc Tan” by Nguyen Thi Phuong Hong, Saigon – a smog city by Phan Thi Khanh.

Please visit the fanpage for more information: https://www.facebook.com/vietnam350/ and visit the Photo Exhibition “Feel the Air”.

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