Meet the judges

  • Judges

    Nguyen Hai Dong Commercial Photographe

    Hai Dong ever said that "My day would not be fully filled and there is nothing more exciting than hearing the sound of "xoạch xoạch" at the moment I tripped the camera's shutter, and having my eyes squint behind the camera".

    Since 1993, I started to get it seriously in photography and worked hard in turned into professionalism and serious business that have spent a lot of time. Sometimes, I feel like to capture the angles as amateur's shots those are so brave and adventurous that I don't dare to experiment it again.

    Frankly, I love to look at those amateur's shots, especially, those fresh cameramen or even children's in order to look for the "unique" angles that containing full of emotions. In my own opinion, it is important in photography is not perfect composition or ideal lightings, but its emotions. You have to capture the essence of human or things emotions in every single shot.

    That is how it called "lively shots"

    Photography showcase:

    1994-2002: Photograph - Reporter for Saigon Times Group
    2005: "It's not only fashion" fashion photography showcase at L'Escape - Ha Noi

    2008: Fashion & Advertising photography showcase in Rome - Italy
    2011: "Hai Dong for Japan" fashion photography showcase at Zen Plaza - HCMC

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    Ha Kin Professional Photography

    Fulbright Scholar in Filmmaking
    Ohio University (MFA), Athens, Ohio, USA

    Advanced Digital Photography
    International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA

    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Institute of International Relations, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Education in TV filming
    Institute of Newspaper and Information, Hanoi, Vietnam


    Director of Photography (DP) / Director of short “Ruby”
    In production

    DP / Director / Editor of Music Video: “Anh và Anh”

    Camera / Director / Editor of Documentary: “180 days around the world”
    2013 – 2014

    Photography exhibitions:

    • “Vietnam Today” – Tehran, Iran
    • “Support Nepal” – Hochiminh City, Vietnam

    Set photographer for film "Croatian Constitution" directed by Rajko Grlić Zagreb, Croatia

    Photographer/Correspondent – United Nations
    New York Association for American Russian Relations (NYAA), New York, NY

    Photographer and columnist:

    • “Letter from New York” – DevilMag (the Magazine for International Vietnamese)
    • “360 Degrees of Love” – Tuoi tre Newspaper
    • "Men's Advice Column" – Thanh nien Newspaper


    • It Is Not Just About a Blog
    • New York Love Story – Ranked at number one among 10 best sellers of the year in Vietnam. Currently being translated into English.

    One of the most popular bloggers of Vietnam, known as Hà Kin. Facebook: 100,000 followers (as of March 2016)
    Google+: 10 millions views (as of March 2016)

  • Judges

    Justin Mott Photography Association

    Photographer and Cinematographer based in Vietnam covering all of Asia and beyond for over a decade.

    He has shot over 100 assignments for The New York Times covering a wide spectrum of topics throughout the region.

    He founded Mott Visuals in 2009. Mott Visuals is a commercial photography and video production business bringing his editorial and storytelling background to the commercial market. Mott Visuals has offices in Hanoi, HCMC, and Bangkok.

    Mott is also a TV personality and the resident pro-photographer and consulting producer on History Channel’s competition reality show Photo Face-Off.

    To engage Justin on social media use the hashtag #AskMOTT or visit his photography tips website