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Renown Vietnamese photographer captures central highland kids
By Thanh Nien News -
Children stick together as nursery school teachers take them across a wooden church in Kon Tum Province early one morning.

A “dream boat” made from a wooden cart. Vietnam’s Central Highlands are home to many ethnic groups and the poorest communities in the country.

A girl stares curiously at a foreign photographer as he tries to capture her carrying her sibling.
A girl swings her flat basket to separate pebbles from rice.
Girls play a game with a flip flop before dinner time.

A girl on her way home with a basket of herbs she has picked in the jungle

A staring contest between siblings.
Tran Viet Van, an award-winning international photographer from Hanoi, captured Vietnamese children in the Central Highlands working to make ends meet and entertaining themselves with makeshift toys along the way.
Van, who working for Lao Dong newspaper, has had eight individual exhibitions and joined a photographer training course hosted by Indochina Media Memorial Foundation, which was founded in London in 1991 in memory of journalists who died covering the Indochina conflicts from 1945 to 1975.
His works are collected by the US initiative WIN which stands for Worldwide Image Navigation, a collection of independent minds and creative perspectives from gifted photographers worldwide.
The 43-year-old has received honorable mentions for several years at Europe’s leading photography competition Px3 in Paris and similar recognition from the International Photography Award.
He won top award at Australia’s photo contest “People and Planet” in 2011, after taking the same position at the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in the UK the same year.

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