The Shadow Orphan, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This picture is from the set of photos that I took in the area of Siem Reap, Cambodia during my motorbike roundtrip through local villages in 2014. Accidentally I stopped by a small monastery run by Buddhist Nuns, who were managing a little Kindergarten and an orphanage. It was a time of a midday siesta when nuns were relaxing with a group of kids lying on the ground and getting asleep behind transparent curtains in tent shaped shelters, and this orphan girl captured by the camera lens couldn’t fall sleep.

The Shadow Orphan, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D90 | Exposure f/14 @ 1/200sec | ISO 200 | Focal Length 27mm
The Shadow Orphan, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | December 16
Award Score: 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Artistic Photography
Photograph Location: Baan Tai, Around Siem Reap Area, Cambodia

Photographer: Ryszard Wierzbicki (Swindon, United Kingdom) Registered
Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdansk 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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