bajanshutterbug: One of Life's Great Ironies ...re-appears: this once-lovely child; one- loved beautiful woman, now lies before us sophisticated viewers...for examination, contemplation, and even,perhaps, judgement. I too would have also tried to capture the moment, the interrogating , querolous look on the woman's face: is he using me. Or shall he have pity, and give me something?
This image would be better used, to educate our tempestous youth...as to the wonderful heights, and pitiful abysses, that comprise life's long, wandering road.
Very wise and very much how I experienced this lady.
She was looking at me during the whole time that I was making pictures but I couldn't perceive in which way, good or bad, still, she was looking only at me even when other persons had given her food or money.
SamTrekker: Such heartwarming smiles lighting up the scene like the sun shining upon them. Great action shot!
The sunset light in their eyes and certainly a nice atmosphere here, thanks
salsaguy: Great capture but their "smiles" dont help to portray they are very poor even if they are. Yes poor people can be happy in life but it makes telling your story harder than if they looked depressed and sad. otherwise a great job. love the reflections.
Nice picture and the smiles are very sweet...
bentleye: I think their smiles are genuine so they are part of their story, not necessarilly the story of the photographer. It is a beautiful picture.
Their smiles are genuine as they haven't seen me. It is one of my favorite image.Poor doesn't mean that one has to be sad. They are poor as they live in village remote of a bigger town and have to work about 3 km to sell their spinash leaves.If they were richer they would probably sell flowers or fruits.
Bhimaprasad Maiti: Did the voters & viewers consider the the country of origin of the photographer.The Host stipulated it as the prime rule. Werli Franois is certainly not a Napalese.The submission of this photo is/was a gross violation.All powerful Host had violated the laid down rule by not D Q it.Rather it had been richly rewarded. What an irony.Is not the challenge reduced to a farce?
"By the standard of the country of your origin, is poor."My origin country is France and the lady is Nepalese and poor.I may have misunderstood but it was not intentional and if it doesn't fit then obviously it should be disqualified.
salsaguy: my favorite image of all of them so far. AWESOME. great capture and high impact with her story because of the strong eye contact. Very very nice. Great colors. keep up the great work.
salsaguy: awesome. my fav of them all so far. Great eye contact is what makes it work so well. awesome colors. incredible sharpness. keep up the great work.!
KentG: Its hardly poisonous to humans at all, not even in the top 20 world-wide. Still a nice photo.
Good because I took much care
barb_s: Good catch! Congratulations on the win!
ak1981: Congratulations! for being winner.
dotyman: Uhhh, and the nipple might help too...
I guess it helped
Great Bustard: How did this win?! The rules specifically stated, "Model's contact info must be included with the photo." ;-)
VittoDigital: Looking at Anke is always a pleasure, thanks.Oh, congrats for the win! :-)
Yes! Naturally very beautiful
JahRastafari: I hope she was UNbuttoning the shirt.
I don't remember...
Steve Bingham: Very nice photo. More, please! Lovely model, lovely pose - except for the hands. Congrads.
Yes, very lovely...
My winning shot
Geo1: So much information in the photograph and the photo description.
Breaking stones for so little, heartbreaking! The sweater speaks volumes; the hole in the sweater tells us this child is from abject poverty. Wearing probably all that she has. Brings tears to my eyes.
Beautiful "portrait,' if I may use that term - something that so many photographers take for a living.
This photo brings the living to us. We count our blessings that we and our children are fed.
Masterful photo. Deserves a Pulitzer!
Thank you Werli.