The Fairer Sex ~ Laos

An old woman carrying a big load in Vientiane, Laos

This photo made me win a contest tonight in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The theme was “The Fairer Sex“.

I wanted to submit this photo as I thought it fit well: An old woman carrying a huge load in the streets to go to work despite her age. She is still strong and determined. I wanted to avoid cliche photos of half naked women or portraits of young smiling girls.

This photo was taken in Vientiane, Laos. I was riding a tuk tuk with my girlfriend, talking about random stuff and I noticed to woman walking alone. I barely had time to grab my camera and take 2 shots of her from the back of a speeding bumpy tuk tuk.

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Wonderful shot.

Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker

Congrats! What did you win?

Shannon O'Donnell

Beautiful shot Dan! And a hug of congratulations :)

Ziad S

Dan! Congratulations bro! Great shot! :)

Lotsa hugs from Aboo Dhaboo


Great shot. Poor woman though..


Wow, Dan. I see why you won!

Michael Hodson

Congrats… enjoy the BIG meal. Great shot.


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great shot. Reminds me of many of the old mountain women I would see in Northern Laos, wearing bark backpacks and hoisting massive loads of firewood on their backs…


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