Australia and Vietnam celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023. This week, the winner of the competition to design a logo to promote the anniversary – Mr Tran Van Trung - was awarded his prize and certificate by Australia’s Consul-General Ms Sarah Hooper and Ms Dang Thi Phuong Thao, a representative from Bamboo Airways, who part-sponsored the prize.
At the event, held at the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Sarah Hooper congratulated the winner, saying: “We are pleased to see an entry that successfully combines well-known Australian and Vietnamese symbols into a simple and eye-catching logo that will be easily recognisable as representing the 50th anniversary”.
The winning logo was selected by Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Andrew Goledzinowski and Vietnam’s Ambassador to Australia, Nguyen Tat Thanh, from over 70 entries. The logo creates a 5-point Vietnamese star using the boomerang, an internationally recognised symbol of Australia. It will be used in colour as well as a gold version, which aligns with Australia’s green and gold national brand identity.
Mr Trung is a graduate of Industrial Arts and works for an education organisation. He has fond memories of Sydney from attending a summer course at Macquarie University and looks forward to returning there next year using the logo prize of a pair of return fights to Australia, proudly sponsored by Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways. He also wins two tickets to one of the VIP events being organised to celebrate the anniversary.
Receiving the prize, Trung commented, “When I heard my logo design had been chosen to promote 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, I felt honoured to be contributing to the celebration. Based on the message of the anniversary, I decided to choose connections as an idea to create the logo. The boomerangs create the star, the symbols of Australia and Vietnam. Regarding the colour combination, I chose red representing Vietnam, dark blue representing Australia, green for agriculture, blue for the ocean and yellow for the prosperity of the two countries.”
Australia will celebrate the 50th anniversary in Vietnam throughout 2023 with a program covering all aspects of Australia-Vietnam relations – from education, agriculture, trade and investment, and tourism to climate cooperation, skills, innovation and equality. Highlights include a music showcase featuring artists from Australia and Vietnam, the Walking Through a Songlines digital art installation, a CSIRO innovation showcase and Taste of Australia events.
Speaking of the year, Ambassador Goledzinowski said, “Next year is an opportunity not only to reflect on the achievements in the relationship over the past five decades, but to look to the future of Australia and Vietnam’s ever deepening friendship and partnership. It’s going to be a very exciting and very busy year!”
Ms Nguyen Thi Le Trang, Senior Communications Officer, +84 24 3774 0261, [email protected]