April 24, 2014

Homeward Bound

Photograph by Ng Yeow Kee

"Two Vietnamese ladies walk home along the popular sand dunes in Mui Ne in Phan Thiet, Vietnam," says Ng Yeow Kee, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "Mui Ne remains a must-see in Vietnam and is popular among tourists."

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

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38 comments
jee lee
jee lee

no need for shoes......

Walking Skeleton
Walking Skeleton

the caption is just "Two Vietnamese ladies walk home along the popular sand dunes in Mui Ne in Phan Thiet, Vietnam", that could be 2 young girls worked after school to help parents  (White Ao Dai is their uniform at school) and this picture was taken on their way home or flea market


so I don't care if it is a setup shot or not, just a beautiful photo

PATRICK NGUYEN
PATRICK NGUYEN

Ao dai and non la it is the best and the beauty traditional costume Ao Dai Vietnam great shot

D. Hung
D. Hung

good job, already many years ago we would see the same image that ismore honest and better, space culture is broken every day , and i don't like setup shot

My Nga Nguyen
My Nga Nguyen

Ao dai is a traditional dress that used in special occasion like wedding or Festive occasions or school uniform for young girls at some places...Staged photo is not a problem to me but the authenticity is lost (to native audiences like me) when pairing the special occasion dress with working equipment like in this photo...it could work in"imagine if" category

Cameron Swanson
Cameron Swanson

Its a nice picture. it would be a shame if something happened to it.

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

I love the footprints, the white clothing, the hats, the baskets - this picture captures so much!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

An impressive picture of sky,sand and the women. Getting the shot is the important thing, and some times it must be staged! At other times it all comes together, no problem. I feel the thing is, that its the result that  matters. Even when we know, one way or another.  j.e.s.........

Tom B
Tom B

I don't know about you guys, but I take public transport for granted when I see what other people have to travel across.

Jason P.
Jason P.

I agree with the comments about this being a setup shot with traditional wear. I was just there a week ago and the women that walk around selling things are dressed in old dirty clothes. The sand dunes are nothing special and the town of Mui Ne was horrible.

Đại Kỳ
Đại Kỳ

Never happen in real life! It's traditional wear, not for this kind of job, ridiculous set-up!

Tuấn Anh
Tuấn Anh

People here in Vietnam dont wear this to work ...

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

@Nga My Nguyen  If this really is a staged photo, then it just goes to show how important it is to have trusted photojournalists, who are ethically prohibited from staging photos, remain the source for news organizations and magazines like NatGeo. The concept of citizen journalism is a nice concept that usually fails in real life situations.

H Q
H Q

I did not see the description saying it was not a set-up scene. Definitely women would not wear ao-dai working like that! Oh, you saw only old women wearing dirty clothes there probably because you wore dirty clothes at that time, didn't you? For me, the sand dunes were amazing, and I did not see any old women in dirty clothes, only children with their smiles!

H Q
H Q

You did not see this scene but only saw old ladies with dirty clothes during your visit probably because you wore dirty clothes that time? For me, the sand dunes were amazing. And I did not see the description of the photo saying it was not a set-up scene.

My Nga Nguyen
My Nga Nguyen

@Shane Hughes @Nga My Nguyen  Personally I don't like staged photo.  But it could be argued that the photographers have a vision of how the location look like with people in it. It's another area of photography, not photojournalism for sure.  

Chinh Nguyen
Chinh Nguyen

@Nga My Nguyen @Shane Hughes

Agree with Mrs Nguyen. This is not photography but poor imitation. Tons of Vietnamese pictures with ao dai and sand dull since 1960s and most of them are staged photos.

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