The exhibition displays 173 artworks in various genres of propaganda posters, paintings, sculptures, graphics and composites.
They reflect the beauty of the land and the people’s life in marine and islands areas, marine economic achievements during the national renewal process and the sovereignty over Vietnam’s sea and islands.
The 173 works by 147 artists displayed in the exhibition were selected from more than 800 entries submitted since the composition launch was announced by the Vietnam Fine Arts Association in May this year. This aims at promoting people’s patriotism and raising their awareness of marine resource exploitation and ecological environmental protection as well as the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Twenty two awards were named, including two first, three second, four third and 13 consolation prizes at a press conference held on December 21 in Hanoi.
Addressing the event, President of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, Tran Khanh Chuong, who is also head of the organising board, said that the exhibits showed the creativity, skill and professionalism of Vietnamese artists.
Oil painting from Hanoi earned the first prize in the paintings and sculptures category. The painting, presented in bright colours and harmonious composition, portrays a naval soldier standing amid the letters from his relatives at homeland. Tran Xuan Binh previously won the bronze medal of the National Fine Arts Exhibition which recently took place in early December for the ‘Ngay Binh Yen’ (A Peaceful Day), oil painting on canvas.
Two second prizes went to Ho Minh Quan from Ho Chi Minh City for his oil painting ‘Qua Tang Cua Bien’ (The Sea’s Gifts), depicting the fishermen’s happiness for getting a good haul of fish, and Hoang Mai Thiep from Hai Duong province with the wood and iron artworks entitled ‘Nguoc Dong’ (Upstream), illustrating the marine resource conservation.
Three third and eight consolation prizes were given to other artists.
‘Bao Ve Chu Quyen Bien Dao To Quoc Viet Nam’ (Protecting Sovereignty over the Sea and Islands of Vietnam) by Nguyen Thuy Lien from Hanoi won the first prize for propaganda posters. One second, one third and five consolation prizes were granted in the category.
According to President Chuong, the Fine Arts Publishing House planned to publish the awarded artworks in picture books and send them to naval soldiers as a present to express the gratitude and appreciation for their contributions on the country’s protection
The exhibition, which is being held to welcome the 11th National Party Congress and the 66th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army, will last until December 31. An awards ceremony honouring the winners will take place on the same day.