The awards ceremony at Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre saw Chairman of the Vietnam Animal Association, Professor Dang Huy Huynh present the final winner, Duong Doan Anh Minh's chained elephant image.
Duong Doan Anh Minh said:
"In the past when I saw circus performances I used to admire the trainers but I didn't know what the life of the animals in the circus was like. After that I found out about teaching with floggings, whips and chains. I don't want my children or their children to continue witnessing this. I want future generations to love and respect animals."
Around 20 journalists made the 60-kilometre journey from Hanoi to Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Center to see the images and meet the winner.
The competition and its animal welfare message was subsequently published on the Vietnamese government's official internet portal, VGP News as well as via national newspapers and TV stations.