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    “It is sometimes too hard,” she says, holding her face. 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. To get this close and capture her story, I had to earn her trust (#2 of 3; Release on file)
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 6
    Lighting 6
    Creativity 6
    Story 5

    From Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari: "I love this intimate portrait of Sapa and especially loved your touching story Shivesh. The best images come from the trust and relationship built up from spending the time and getting to know the story of Sapa and her life. Sapa's eyes are simply gorgeous and the lighting you captured of her eyes between her hands are amazing, especially with the blue hood framing her. This is my favorite of your series, truly an excellent image."

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Sep 5, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2018
    Location: Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D810
    Focal Length: 120 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 1250
    Copyright: © Shivesh Ram
    Categories: Portraits, People
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2018, Close Encounters
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest