The Hooded Boy, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This is another photo that I took during my trip to Luang Prabang, Laos, while visiting a small village on the other side of Mekong river, few miles away from the city. Together with my guide, we decided to visit a local primary school of maybe 80-100 kids and make a small donation of basic school tools. It was a great chance for a photographer to do portraits of young students in this rural area.

The Hooded Boy, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 with 55-200mm | Exposure f/5.6 @ 1/45sec | ISO 1600 | Focal Length 200mm
The Hooded Boy, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 25
Award Score: 61 (Value 10, Clarity 10, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Luang Prabang Area, Phonsavan | Laos

Photographer: Ryszard Wierzbicki (Swindon, United Kingdom) Registered
Ryszard Wierzbicki was born in 1963. Graduated with a Master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education from University of Gdańsk in 1992 in Poland. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, going through positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches (child care, dentistry, orthodontics and IT). Apart of his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted of an instructor level in PADI. Emigrated to UK in 2006, from where he started his real traveling & photography experience and exploration of South-East Asia. Volunteering occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans ( Established 2 forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( in 2010. Changed an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, knapsack and started to manage freely the passion of photography, traveling and scuba diving.


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