Caught in the Air, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This photograph was taken during my Laos trip in December 2012, on the way from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Being armed with Santa hats and bag of lollipops I joined a group of girls who was playing by the road. I believe this “Caught in the air” moment captured the great enjoyment of their simple play.

Caught in the Air, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 with 18-200mm | Exposure f/8 @ 1/250sec | ISO 500 | Focal Length 55m
Caught in the Air, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 01
Award Score: 56 (Value 11, Clarity 11, Composition 13, Style 10, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: On the way from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, Laos

Photographer: Ryszard Wierzbicki (Swindon, United Kingdom) Registered
Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans ( He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as Marketing Advisor and Tour Organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

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