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    Blue eyes are very rare in Asia and Heterochromia (two colors) is even rarer. In traditional societies it is worse, as girl kids are discriminated against to begin with. But Sapa, a tribal girl in Vietnam has overcome the stares, teasing, and worse. The pride of her family, she is studying to be a doctor and one-day bring medical care to her village. Still she says thoughtfully, “It is sometimes too hard” To get this close and capture her story, I had to earn her trust (#1 of 3; Release on file)
    Composition 13
    Lighting 14
    Creativity 12
    Story 16

    Shivesh, this is a lovely portrait with beautiful light but what I appreciate most is the information you provide in your caption. You tell us her name, the conflicts she faces and her goals despite adversity. You humanize this young woman and make her more than just a person in front of a camera. Wonderfully done, I'm so proud to see this kind of storytelling on Your Shot.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Sep 5, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2018
    Location: Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
    Focal Length: 120 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 1600
    Copyright: © Shivesh Ram
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: For National Geographic's Photo of the Day, Close Encounters
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest