Hmong Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

While climbing the mountain area with our jeep in the area of Sapa, Vietnam, we were passing by an accident of two cars at the bend of the curvy road. Nothing serious happened except some scratches of bumpers, but local Hmong people started gathering around. That gave me a great opportunity to take photographs when their attention was focused on the plot. This girl in the photograph was assisting her older sisters for carrying grass.

Hmong Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 | Exposure f/6 @ 1/100sec | ISO 400 | Focal Length 130mm
Hmong Girl, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 27
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 11, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Candid Photography
Photograph Location: Sapa, Vietnam

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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