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Picture of Vietnam’s Golden Bridge wins World’s best photo of architecture 2020

09:24 | 01/05/2020

Picture of the Golden Bridge in the central coastal city of Danang, Vietnam, photographed by Tran Tuan Viet has been named the winner of Agora’s Architecture photo 2020 contest, the Independent reported Thursday. 

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The Golden Bridge hung on two giant hands.

The US outlet stressed: “Not only does it show a unique bridge that's held by larger-than-life hands, but it also captures the beauty of its surrounding landscape.”

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

The photo 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.”

Over 10,000 photographs were submitted to Agora’s latest photo contest, with photographers asked to share their best shots of unique architecture. In the end, Tran Tuan Viet took home the $1,000 top prize for his image of Vietnam’s Golden Bridge, My Morden Met.

From the UK and Germany to Pakistan and Indonesia, these international views of architecture show the creativity of the human spirit. The top 50 finalists each captured their own vision of architecture, photographing both the well-loved buildings and anonymous edifices that shape our world.

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.

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The Golden Bridge in Vietnam, voted the winning entry by Agora users Agora / SWNS.com

Golden Bridge was been ranked the second among the top 100 greatest places all over the world, according to a list released by TIME, a US weekly news magazine.

Earlier, The Guardian, a UK daily newspaper, has named Golden Bridge in Da Nang the number one destination with the latest in a line of weird and wonderful structures around the world.

“Golden follows in a line of unusual footbridges, seen everywhere from Iowa to India: structures that are noteworthy as architectural statements in themselves, rather than accessories for an already popular location,” The Guardian wrote.

Insider, a leading US-based news site, on April 16 included Vietnam's Golden Bridge in a list of stunning bridges in the world along with many other famous architectures such as Pont Alexandre III in Paris or Tower Bridge in London.

Nested on the Paradise Garden, the Golden Bridge acts as a special and convenient transit to take visitors from the mountain foot or French village to Le Jardin D’Amour gardens. The bridge spans 12.8m wide and 150m long and comprises 8 arches, the longest of which is 21.2m. What strikes the hearts of all overwhelmed visitors here is the dabbled and mossy giant hands supporting the bridge.

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