Just an hour outside of Bangkok there is an UNESCO-listed heritage site Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, welcoming diplomats from far-flung nations. 250 years ago, in 1767, the Burmese moved in and demolished the kingdom, forcing inhabitants to move downriver and establish a new capital – Bangkok. Today, Ayutthaya has much more to offer than a fascinating slice of Siamese history. You probably could recognize Ayutthaya by the famous photo of the Buddha Face composed into the tree roots. Around the ancient city many ceremonies are always going on, and local couple wish to celebrate their weddings and giving a merit by covering Buddha sculpture with the enormous sized Yellow Robe.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | June 26
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17.5, Style 12, Skill 11.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Color Photography
Photograph Location: Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand
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 (stuandthekids.org). Established 2 forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling (instanttravelling.ning.com) and World Around (worldaround.pl) 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.