The Cham Island Maritime Protection Centre has launched a photo contest, the Cham Island-Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve in My Eyes, to mark the 8th anniversary of world recognition in 2017. The contest opening to Vietnamese citizens and foreigners will run from 26/5/2016 to 26/3/2017.
Jointly organized by Hoi An city People’s Committee and Managerment Board of the WBR, the contest is a opportunity to introduce, promote Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An with the value of nature and humanity resources to community, tourists after 8 years having this precious distinction.
According to the organizers, photos can feature landscapes, people, nature, relics, environmental protection, crafts, festivals and biodiversity in Cam Island, the biosphere reserve’s buffer zone and Hoi An city. Entries have to be single (each participant can send maximum 15 photos). It can be controlled brightness, colors, and cropping, anything else does not be accepted. It must be digital photos with JPG format, 300 Dpi resolutions and minimum 1200 pixel for width size. They are required to send to the email address at firstname.lastname@example.org with the registration form attached here.
The best 50 photos will go on display in an exhibition next May, and the award ceremony will be held on May 25th. The contest winner will get a cash prize of 8 million VND (356 USD), while the runner and third place will take 5 million VND (222 USD) and 3 million VND (133 USD), respectively. Five encouragement prizes will also be awarded.
The Cham Island-Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve, recognised by UNESCO in 2009, is home to 3,000 inhabitants living in eight islets with vast ecological diversity. The island, 20km off the coast of Hoi An city, is a favourite eco-tour site for tourists, and was the first locality in Vietnam to ban plastic bags and promote the 3-R (reduce, reuse and recycle) programme in 2011. It hosts about 100,000 tourists annually, of which 10 percent are foreigners.
The island is home to 1,500ha of tropical forests and 6,700ha of sea featuring a wide range of marine fauna and flora, including many endangered species such as salangane (swallows), the long-tailed monkey and the crab-eating macaque.
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