My Balloon by Vo Anh Kiet
© 2013 Vo Anh Kiet
      Juror's Comment

      From Crista Dix:

      "Kiet finds joy radiating out of darkness in this high contrast black and white image. In seeing the children’s exuberance against the dark forest background, light plays an important factor in the outline of the composition. The richness of detail in the photograph and the beautifully intricate background highlights the children. We become part of the scene, rather than just an observer."

    • Title: My Balloon
    • Artist: Vo Anh Kiet
    • From: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    • e-mail:

    Artist Statement

    "In the early 2012, beginning the season of Cherry, Plum flowers bloom. In the foggy morning we went into the village of Pa Co, Moc Chau, Son La province. In this moment there are many Hmong children playing together in the early morning fog. The scene is wonderful. I put the camera up and shoot. My Balloon was born in this context!"

    Camera Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM Zoom Lens
    1/125 f3.5 ISO 200.