Mekong Tourism Launches “Mekong From Above” Campaign

Mekong From Above invites the public to capture and post their best aerial photos and videos from the six-member nation regions to showcase the beautiful life and landscapes of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in Southeast Asia.
The “Mekong From Above” aerial photo and video contest, the first of its kind in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), provides an opportunity for amateur and professional photographers to compete by capturing aerial photos and videos of the amazing landscapes, astonishing heritage, and numerous rich traditions of the region.
Aerial photos and videos can be posted on personal Instagram, Twitter and/or YouTube accounts by tagging the posts with #MekongMoments, #MekongFromAbove, and # from December 15, 2018, until March 31, 2019. Qualifying photos and videos will be aggregated via a feed into the official campaign website, where public voting will determine the Public Choice Award.
The Editor’s Choice Award will be determined by an expert panel of photographers, travel and tourism executives, bloggers, and media – chaired by Mr. Jaffee Yee, CEO of Knowledge Media Group Thailand (KMG), the coorganiser and initiator of the “Mekong From Above” contest.
“Aerial photographs and videos with a free-ranging camera on a versatile drone afford otherwise unobtainable vistas and perspectives of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s dramatically beautiful landscape. We are excited to be partnering with Mekong Tourism to showcase these photos and videos with the world,” said Jaffee Yee.
Ahead of the contest’s final result announcement in April 2019, 180 photo entries will be shortlisted and featured in a special-edition ‘Mekong From Above’ book, published by Knowledge Media Group.
Additionally, select and inspiring photos, at the consent of each participant, may also be showcased in a number of regional and international exhibitions including one at the 2019 Mekong Tourism Forum in Dali, PR China from May 21-22.
The “Mekong From Above” contest is the second regional visual storytelling social media campaign hosted on the award-winning Mekong Moments social commerce campaign platform. The first campaign, the 2018 Mekong Mini Movie Festival, generated over 300 eligible videos of 60 seconds or less, reached over seven million people, and is being recognised with a prestigious HSMAI Gold Award.
The 2019 Mekong Mini Movie Festival will officially be launched at the ASEAN Tourism Forum on the 16th of January, 2019 in Halong, Viet Nam. This event will also be the location at which the Public Choice Winners of the 2018 Mekong Minis will be announced.
Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and the coorganiser of the Mekong from Above campaign said: “We are excited to leverage our awardwinning and innovative Mekong Moments campaign platform, to enable any organisation to execute campaigns to showcase the amazing and inspiring experiences shared by residents and travellers alike.”
“We were pleased when Knowledge Media Group approached us about launching an aerial photo and video campaign on, and we welcome any organisation to work with us on other campaigns. Our strategy is to execute a collaborative and inclusive platform enabling anybody to promote their business, their destination, and our Mekong Region via visual storytelling,” said Thraenhart.
For more details on sponsorship, partnership, judging, rules & regulations and information on prizes and awards, please see