I met this girl during my trip from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang, Laos in December 2012, where I stopped on the side of the road to take pictures in local villages. What is astonishing in Asia in general and in Laos particularly is that people are very poor but happy. Children are involved in hard work for their families, but their smiles are unbeatable.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 27
Award Score: 64 (Value 11, Clarity 12, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: On a Way to Luang Prabang, Phonsavan Area | 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 (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.