School Bag Smile, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This photo was taken during my trip to Luang Prabang, in December 2012. I spotted this girl just before entering the town. It was extraordinary that children from the village are always smiling. In comparison to average children in Europe or America these once are extremely poor and they enjoy every small thing. Even a stranger, who is passing by their village is a reason for a joy.

School Bag Smile, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 with 55-200mm | Exposure ƒ/5.6 @ 1/500sec | Focal Length 190.3mm | ISO 250
School Bag Smile, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 22
Award Score: 63 (Value 11, Clarity 11, Composition 18, Style 11.5, Skill 11.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Luang Prabang Suburbs | Laos

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 ( Established 2 forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( 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.


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