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Light at the end of the tunnel

By himalk
This boy was captured just after a ceremony in his school where books and stationery were donated by an organisation to all the children in the school. The plastic bag in his hand contains the gifts he received. In the background, you can see the other children and some parents who attended the event.

This is a sad truth probably common to most third world countries. Most children do not have the opportunity to learn due to the lack of money.

I particularly like this shot because of the expression on the kid's face. Also, I like to think that the lighting on the roof symbolizes 'Light at the end of the tunnel' in the sense that education is the only hope these children have for a better future.

2001 - Tangalle, Sri Lanka.

Tags: Photo journalism

Voters: roo, sandaruwan, PatriciaWilson and 8 more

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winterking 16 3
19 Apr 2004 10:40AM
Good composition. The tunnel thing works well. Especially as the background is a bit out of focus - "not yet there". Great picture. Only thing I would have tried is to get a bit more of the boy.

Click. Andreas

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sze4j 16 56 Singapore
19 Apr 2004 11:14AM
Really like this shot Hiranya! Tells a very good story. Especially also how you have got him in focus, and I can see the other kids at the background holding the same plastic bag of "goodies" too. Beautiful.

PatriciaWilson 16 615 58 Greece
19 Apr 2004 11:15AM
Very true, Hiranya. Great that you brought it out so well, bravo! Click.
gaz revs 16 6
19 Apr 2004 2:45PM
very thought provoking picture even without the text. not normally my thing but this i like. big click from me. well done
magda_indigo 16 418 England
19 Apr 2004 2:51PM
A storytelling image, well done, thanx, click (*:*)
himalk 16 4 Sri Lanka
20 Apr 2004 2:43AM
Thankyou so much Andreas, Sze, Patricia, Garry, Magda. I'm glad u all like it, mostly coz this scan is not of very good quality and I had doubts about posting it.
21 Apr 2004 4:08AM
Excellent composition!. Very powerful image. I personally love the colors and yes what story!.

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