The Himalayan Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Before starting my every photography trip I always do small shopping – mostly sweets like lollipops, to fill up pockets of my cargo trousers for local kids that I would possibly meet on my way. This was a mountain village on our trek in Annapurna Circuit of Nepal Himalayas, where kids had just finished their classes and started walking long way back home. Giving sweets are always good motives to catch their attention for a moment to photograph them. And when I was about to photograph this girl, she looked straight into my camera.

The Himalayan Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 with 18-200mm | Exposure f/5.6 @ 1/250sec | ISO 500 | Focal Length 86m
The Himalayan Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 15
Award Score: 64 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 16, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Annapurna Region, Manang, Gandaki Zone, Nepal

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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