The Blessing Trick, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This picture was taken in Bodh Gaya area in July 2011, India. During our sightseeing trip around holy places of Lord Buddha, we entered local villages on our way to Dungeswari caves located twelve kilometers away from Bodh Gaya. In one of these caves houses, there was a statute of Buddha that represented him when he was leading a life of austerity. And like everywhere in India, local kids were there, asking for a small donation in exchange of blessings, however, this trio was very tricky in their performance, obviously we enjoyed photographing them.

The Blessing Trick, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 with 18-200mm | Exposure f/5 @ 1/250sec | ISO 500 | Focal Length 145m
The Blessing Trick, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 05
Award Score: 69 (Value 12, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

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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José J. Rivera-Negrón
José J. Rivera-Negrón
1 year ago

this photo really got to me> i wish one day I’ll visit India to see all these beautiful kids