Tribal Children

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© Ben Collins
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UploadedAugust 2, 2008
TakenFebruary 17, 2008
Exposure1/160 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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Taken near Chiang Rai, Thailand. These kids belong to a group of people called the Akha's that are shunned by the governments of several countries, Thailand included. They are born in Thailand but not given citizenship. Their parents are poor and destitute, addicted to opium and left without hope for upward mobility. These kids grow up without access to proper education, and it's not uncommon for girls to be unwittingly sold into the prevalent sex trafficking industry.

Despite all this, they smile.

...why don't we smile more often?

42 responses

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    What wonderful hopeful faces!! Nice work!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Amazing story and amazing capture !!

  • Jack Storey

    Jack Storey (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    nice man, great reflections in the eyes.

  • Unmesh Kuttan

    Unmesh Kuttan gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    good shot

  • Barbara Gerstner

    Barbara Gerstner gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful and sad....wish I could bring them all home.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful children. I wish I could bring them home.

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Wow! Thanks for posting this. Such liveliness, such joy.

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Adorable face and capture :o)

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (3 Aug 2008):

    Great Shot....absolute favorite!!!

  • Oscar Martinez

    Oscar Martinez gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Fantastic shot of inocence! I can't understand how this can happen to childeren.

  • Elliot Ross

    Elliot Ross (Deleted) gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    I've been to Ciang Rai...the whole Golden Triangle is so pretty! I love the emotion in this photo!

  • Tracey

    Tracey gave props (5 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful capture with brilliant and beautiful shining eyes! Love this.

  • Courtney Fricke

    Courtney Fricke said (5 Aug 2008):

    ahhh this is heart gripping ...
    chiang rai... ive been there.
    ive been blessed with the oppurtunity to
    love on the akha's. they just make me happy.
    i LOVE this.

  • Micci Shannon

    Micci Shannon gave props (8 Aug 2008):

    Proof that no matter what... kids will try to be HAPPY above all else. Great shot!

  • Kristen Bryant

    Kristen Bryant gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    this is a really great shot. absolutely adorable. i love their smiles!

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    The innocence of children ! BEAUTIFUL capture !

  • Christopher Terrell

    Christopher Terrell gave props (26 Aug 2008):

    That belongs in "National Geographic!"

  • chp

    chp gave props (11 Sep 2008):

    Amazing shot. Love it!

  • ardian asmary

    ardian asmary said (29 Oct 2008):

    Great shot...

  • LaShawna Jones

    LaShawna Jones gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Powerful shot..and excellent choice in B& my vote!!

  • Note Amorntananuban

    Note Amorntananuban gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    Woww!! nice shot I voted for u ;D Smile of Thailand make me miss home

  • Shannon Friel

    Shannon Friel gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful smiles-soulful eyes-got my vote!

  • Clarissa M

    Clarissa M gave props (20 Nov 2008):


  • Michael Gossenauer

    Michael Gossenauer gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    Powerful words, and even more powerful image! Good job!

  • Manon Boily

    Manon Boily (Deleted) gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    nice faces. got my vote

  • Jacob Rumsey

    Jacob Rumsey gave props (19 Jan 2009):

    Great genuine reactions! Excellent job, my friend!

  • Olive Whiski

    Olive Whiski gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    You have captured these childrens true colors, even though they have a poor life, they can still smile with hope, beautiful!!

  • Marela

    Marela gave props (20 Feb 2009):

    what a STUNNING emotion capture. they are so cute and you did a great job at capturing that.

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    good point and great entry.....voted


    JOE FAILK gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) said (14 Mar 2010):

    I am back to vote on this amazing entry.

  • Kiran G

    Kiran G gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    TruE HeRoes............ sad sAd ............. great for this enTry .......... VoteD

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Mar 2010):

    What beautiful smiles...You have my vote!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (28 Mar 2010):

    Fantastic shot...very sad story! My vote!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    voting! I've enjoyed viewing your photography!

  • Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    Yeah, rad vote.

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    My vote!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    What a beautiful capture of these innocent children smiling and a great narrative! Voted.

  • Julie V McKinney

    Julie V McKinney gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    Their smiles are so beautiful!! Great shot got my vote

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (13 Apr 2010):

    Yes, so much joy captured in their faces. A sad, moving narative...... my vote

  • Achaz von Hardenberg

    Achaz von Hardenberg gave props (4 May 2010):


  • Pratima Nemani

    Pratima Nemani said (28 May 2010):

    beautiful beautiful. i voted

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