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Cartoonists to eye Ha Noi’s traffic chaos

Cartoonists to eye Ha Noi’s traffic chaos

A cartoon competition with the theme of Ha Noi traffic has been launched in the capital with the announcement that a Bamboo Dragon cup would be presented to the winner as well as cash prizes.

The name came from the drama Bamboo Dragon, by president Ho Chi Minh, who was the pioneer of the Vietnamese press cartoon.

The Viet Nam Press Cartoon II competition is the second of its kind open to Vietnamese and foreign amateurs and professional cartoonists living in Viet Nam.

It would be a chance to show the cartoonists view of the traffic, said Ngo Ha Thai, deputy general director of the Vietnam News Agency.

"The first contest was welcomed by veteran and young cartoonists alike," Thai said. "Some veterans had given up cartoon drawing but they eagerly took part."

Contestants can enter up to 10 cartoons at least 210mmx297mm in size and no bigger that 297mmx420mm.

The final and winning works will be published in a book and displayed in a exhibition early next year. They will be on www.thethaovanhoa.vn/biemhoa for voting.

The jury board will include veteran cartoonists, journalists and critics, who will award a first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes and five consolation prizes. The prizes total VND60million (US$3,260).

The biennial competition is funded by the Cultural Development and Exchange Fund of the Danish government and the Ford Foundation. Last year, it attracted 99 entrants and 900 cartoons.

Entries can be sent to the Culture&Sport office, 33 Le Thanh Tong street, Ha Noi, by January 2 next year. Phone 04.38248602 for further information.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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