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Vietnamese photographer sends out ‘SOS’ to protect environment via pollution exhibition

Wednesday, June 05, 2019, 16:01 GMT+7
Vietnamese photographer sends out ‘SOS’ to protect environment via pollution exhibition
Garbage is dumped into the water at Ngang Islet within Nam Du Islands off the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang. Photo: Nguyen Viet Hung

A Vietnamese photographer has introduced his exhibition which features more than 100 images of garbage and environmental pollution taken during his trip throughout the Southeast Asian country last year.

The photo gallery of 42-year-old Nguyen Viet Hung, a.k.a. Lekima Hung, is open to the public at 29 Hang Bai Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi from June 4 to 9.

The exhibition, entitled “S.O.S,” which is short for Save Our Seas, showcases more than 100 photos of landfills and trash-filled beaches and canals across the country the Hanoi-based artist took during a journey throughout Vietnam between August and December 2018.

Children hang out at a trash-filled beach in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.

Children hang out at a trash-filled beach in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.

The photographer traveled nearly 7,000 kilometers, including 3,260 kilometers along the coastline of 28 provinces and cities, on his motorbike.  

“I read news about plastic waste and warnings a few years ago and was vexed by the alarming statistics on this issue in Vietnam,” Hung said.

“I thought I should do something within the reach of my expertise to raise awareness of the issue.”

A landfill on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province

A landfill on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province

He previously posted several of his photos to his Facebook account earlier this year to spread the message.

With the ongoing exhibition, Hung hopes that the photos can reach a wider range of viewers and help raise public awareness of environmental pollution and protection.

Basket boats amid a sea of garbage in the south-central province of Binh Thuan

Basket boats amid a sea of garbage in the south-central province of Binh Thuan

A polluted dock in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau

A polluted dock in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau

Plastic waste along the coast in the south-central province of Quang Ngai

Plastic waste along the coast in the central province of Quang Ngai

A resident sits in the middle of a sea of garbage.

A resident sits in the middle of a sea of garbage.

Rubbish along a beach in Giao Thuy District in the northern province of Nam Dinh

Rubbish along a beach in Giao Thuy District in the northern province of Nam Dinh

Trash fills a street on Nam Du Islands off Kien Giang Province.

Trash fills a street on Nam Du Islands off Kien Giang Province.

‘Plastic cup street’ in Binh Thuan Province

‘Plastic cup street’ in Binh Thuan Province

A young girl crosses a landfill on her way home in Binh Thuan Province.

A young girl crosses a landfill on her way home in Binh Thuan Province.

A man burns garbage on Binh Ba Island off the south-central city of Nha Trang.

A man burns garbage on Binh Ba Island off the south-central city of Nha Trang.

An elderly woman collects scraps along a trash-filled beach.

An elderly woman collects scrap along a trash-filled beach.

An overloaded landfill in Hoi An City, located in central Quang Nam Province

An overloaded landfill in Hoi An City, located in central Quang Nam Province

Plastic bags are stuck on trees at a coastal protection forest in north-central Thanh Hoa Province.

Plastic bags are stuck on trees at a coastal protection forest in north-central Thanh Hoa Province.

A dead canal in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu

A dead canal in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu

Children swim at a polluted beach.

Children swim at a polluted beach.

Trash piles up along a street in Vietnam.

Trash piles up along a road in Vietnam.

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