Laotan Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

I took the photograph of this little girl in Nong Khiaw area in Laos, in December 2012. Nong Khiaw is situated above the Nam Ou river, with beautiful views on the river and peaks around. I had rented a boat from a local fisherman and went together down the river to the abandoned village where I couldn’t entered from the ground side. So with a box of sweets and basic school tools we were exploring this local community together with a crowd of kids around. They were very curious to see what was in the box.

Laotan Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 | Exposure f/5 @ 1/250sec | ISO 400 | Focal Length 135m
Laotan Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 07
Award Score: 62 (Value 11, Clarity 12, Composition 15, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Candid Photography
Photograph Location: Nong Khiaw, Laos

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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