Image of golden Vietnamese bridge wins architecture photo prize

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Image chosen by public from more than 10,000 entries

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A picture of a golden bridge held in the grasp of two giant concrete hands has clinched the top prize of an international architecture photography competition.

The image of the Vietnamese landmark was chosen from over 10,000 entries to the “World’s Best Photo of Architecture 2020” contest.

It shows the the 150-metre-long Golden Bridge, situated at the mountainous Bà Nà Hills resort near Da Nang and designed by Ho Chi Minh City-based firm TA Landscape Architecture.

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The photo, taken by Tran Tuan Viet, won the most votes from users of the world’s biggest free-to use photo app Agora.

“Architecture2020 is a spectacle about the beauty that results from the interaction between light and volumes,” said Agora CEO & co-founder Octavi Royo.

“The contrast between chaos and order, nature and the artificial, matter and emptiness. Particles of photons bouncing off constructed volumes portrayed by the world’s great photographers.”

The photographer said: “The Golden Bridge has been built at around 1,400 meters above sea level.

“It is divided into eight spans (the longest one is equal to 20m), with a total length of 148,6 meters.

“This impressive architecture work has the peculiarity of being held by two giant concrete hands, representing the Mountain God’s hands.”

Other photographs selected as finalists in the competition – launched on 10 March – included shots of the vast Buddist temple, Borobudur, in Java, Indonesia, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge near Bristol.

Additional reporting by SWNS

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