Inle Lake Hooligans, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This photo was taken during the Easter of 2011, when I was travelling through the Inle Lake area in Myanmar. The Intha people, who live on the lake, build their houses on stilts and travel across the lake by using their bizarre style leg rowing. Crossing by floating gardens that drift around the waters, I decided to stop for a short lunch with local villagers. When I was sitting at a terraced of a floating hut, I saw these little local hooligans observing fishermen activities nearby.

Inle Lake Hooligans, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

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

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 07
Award Score: 62 (Value 11, Clarity 11, Composition 16, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: Inle Lake, Shan, Myanmar

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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