Photographer: Nguyen Viet Thanh (30) from Ho Chi Minh City. He has seven years experience in photojournalism and works currently for the English language daily. Vietnam News His tutor was Tim Page, freelance, London.

Thanh's assignment was death ad grieving, contrasting more with the joyous mood of HCMC during the pre-Tet (New Year) period than at any other time. Picture shows the very public display of grief of a mourning family during a funeral procession in HCMC, carrying a photograph of the deceased. The ritual and the white funeral dress are in the Vietnamese / Chinese tradition.

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