Color photo by Maika Elan, woman watching television, from Inside Hanoi

Inside Hanoi A photography project by Maika Elan

Inside Hanoi by Maika Elan, is a thoroughly compelling and deeply affectionate portrait of quotidian life in the Vietnamese capital.

Hanoi is the city where I was born and raised. Every day during my years in Hanoi, I would come across thousands of small alleys where the everyday life of the people there would impact me. In the old quarter of Hanoi, people would eat and sleep in the alley, whispers, laughter, and smells all permeated the narrow streets. My photos try to describe the people, the living space, the joy and sadness at the end of the alley in the heart of Hanoi.

Maika Elan is a Vietnamese documentary and street photographer whose compelling, color-rich images impart the nuances of life in her homeland.

Monthly Photo Contest

aerial color landscape photograph of Shark Bay, Western Australia by Ross long
© Ross Long

2021 Landscape AWARD Deadline: 30 April 2021

When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story.

From dramatic rural vistas to urban panoramics, or seemingly-abstract aerial compositions, this month we want to see images that showcase our planet’s diverse and beautiful topography.⁠

All approaches are valid and we want to see as many different styles and compositions as possible!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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