Picture imperfect: Photo contest shows bleak climate future for Vietnam

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Pictures don’t lie. A canal buried under tons of trash, vehicles swimming through a flooded street in Hanoi, and patches of cry, cracked soil in southern Vietnam — these photos paint a bleak reality of the country’s environment.

They are among more than 1,000 entries sent to a contest held by Vietnam Environment Administration.

“The photos together can create big changes in the community’s awareness and actions for the environment,” Hoang Duong Tung, vice chairman of the agency, said at the award ceremony Saturday.

Some pictures show mangrove forests are replanted. We can only hope it’s not too late.

The first prize winner is a photo by Than Tinh showing workers removing trash from the Ca Bon Canal in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.

The first prize winner is a photo by Than Tinh showing workers removing trash from the Ca Bon Canal in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.

“The Green Shield” by Pham Xuan Luynh is one of the second-prize winners. It shows workers planting trees in an attempt to stop flooding and erosion in the photographer’s hometown Mui Ne.

A bus struggles after rains flooded a street in Hanoi in 2008.  People at a coastal village in Phan Thiet Town on Vietnam's central coast build a wall of sand bags in 2014 to protect their houses.

A bus struggles after rains flooded a street in Hanoi in 2008. People at a coastal village in Phan Thiet Town on Vietnam’s central coast build a wall of sand bags in 2014 to protect their houses.

An old woman of the Hre ethnic group cries in front of a forest burned down to ashes in Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam. She just planned to burn a small piece of harvested field to start a new crop, but wind spread the fire all over the place.

Girls have a bath with the small amount of water left at a stream during a dry season in Binh Thuan Province in central Vietnam.

Girls have a bath with the small amount of water left at a stream during a dry season in Binh Thuan Province in central Vietnam.

Soil cracks during the dry season near Dau Tieng, the country’s biggest artificial reservoir in Tay Ninh Province, next to Ho Chi Minh City.

A worker checks young trees planted at a mangrove forest.   A woman cleans up a less popular street in the Central Highlands resort town Da Lat.

A worker checks young trees planted at a mangrove forest. A woman cleans up a less popular street in the Central Highlands resort town Da Lat.

Little girls from Binh Thuan Province pray for a dead turtle washed to the shore. It was possibly killed by polluted water. Vietnamese fishing villages traditionally worship turtle as a holy creature.

Locals join border guards at a commune in Ninh Binh Province, not far from Hanoi, to plant trees at a mangrove forest.  Boys have fun in a pond of muddy water that their parents create for them to cure the summer heat in the north.

Locals join border guards at a commune in Ninh Binh Province, not far from Hanoi, to plant trees at a mangrove forest. Boys have fun in a pond of muddy water that their parents create for them to cure the summer heat in the north.

Photo credit: VnExpress

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