2013 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 1st prize

The Pink Choice

Photographer

Maika Elan

MoST Artists

12 May, 2012

Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex couples, but in 2012 the Vietnamese government announced it was considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so.

About the photographer

Maika Elan

“Maika Elan (Nguyen Thanh Hai) is a new generation freelance photographer born and based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Maika is the best representative of the new breed of documentary photo...

Background story

Saigon, Vietnam

Ngan (20) teases Isabelle (21) about the sort of underwear she likes. Both are students, and they have been in a relationship for four years.

 

Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex couples, but in 2012 the Vietnamese government announced it was considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so. Despite past human rights issues and a long-standing stigma against homosexuality, parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage was scheduled for 2013. Polls showed that majority public opinion remained opposed to the idea. In August 2012, the country’s first gay pride parade took place in Hanoi.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/125 sec
Focal length
35 mm
F-Stop
2.8
ISO
400
Camera
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

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