Among thousands of photos competing at the seventh International Artistic Photo Contest 2013, 48 received awards during a ceremony held in Ha Noi yesterday.

The contest was organised by the Viet Nam Artistic Photographers' Association (VAPA).

Speaking at the ceremony at the Temple of Literature, the vice minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the biennial contest has confirmed the prestigious position of Vietnamese photography throughout the world.

"The photos have vividly reflected the life, culture, and customs of different countries, helping to promote the image of each country and its people, thus strengthening the relationship and understanding between the countries," he said.

Launched in late May with the sponsorship of the International Federation of Artistic Photography (FIAP), the contest attracted more than 1,400 professional photographers from 42 countries and territories, who submitted 15,360 photos to vie in four categories, including Portrait, Tourism, Nature and Freestyle.

Both the VAPA and FIAP have issued eight gold, eight silver, eight bronze, and 24 encouragement prizes.

Along with the award-wining photos, the contest's organisation board also selected 250 photos to display at an ongoing exhibition at the Temple of Literature.

After the Ha Noi display, the exhibition will travel to other cities across the country.