Photo, video competition on Australia launched

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi and leading online Vietnamese newspaper VnExpress launched Thursday the “Australia through your eyes” video and photo competition, which allows Vietnamese people studying, working or travelling in Australia the opportunity to tell their stories using videos and photos.

The competition, which runs from 14 April to 13 May 2011, allows the entries to be posted on the VnExpress website.

Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox and VnExpress Editor-in-Chief Thang Duc Thang kicked off the competition.

Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox (R) delivers a speech during the launch of the competition in Hanoi (Photo: Viet Anh)

“The interesting element of this competition is that participants can be as creative as they like through the way they tell their stories. They can also exchange perspectives with VnExpress readers through comments and by ‘liking’ videos,” Ambassador Cox said in a statement.

Competition entries and conditions can be viewed at

Contestants have the opportunity to win a return trip to Australia and electronics prizes, including an iPad 2. There are also weekly prizes for VnExpress readers living in Vietnam who comment on competition entries.

This competition is sponsored and organised in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, VnExpress, Tourism Australia, Australia Network and Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday on his first Vietnam visit, and opened RMIT Vietnam University’s Recreation and Events Complex and Residential Centre. 

During the opening ceremony at the Australian university, Mr. Rudd delivered a keynote address on the Australia-Vietnam relationship. “Australia wishes to build a new partnership with Vietnam for the long-term future,” he said.

Regarding education cooperation, he said, “As Australia’s Foreign Minister, I am proud that Australia is playing such a key role in supporting the higher education revolution [of Vietnam], through:

“400 higher education scholarships per year for high performing Vietnamese students to study in Australia under the Australia Asia Awards; 26 000 Vietnamese student enrolments in schools, technical colleges, English education and universities, overwhelmingly self-funded; and 15 000 Vietnamese students studying Australian courses right here in Vietnam.”

By Thuy Nguyen

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