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Challenge: Despair (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
Location: On the street of Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines
Date: Feb 18, 2003
Aperture: F4
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Snapshot, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2003

An estimated 100 million children live and work on the streets in the developing world.

Most street children (75 percent) have some family links, but spend most of their lives on the streets begging, selling trinkets, shining shoes or washing cars to supplement their families' income. Most never go beyond a fourth-grade education.

The remaining 25 percent live in the streets, often in a group of other children. Known as "street children", they sleep in abandoned
buildings, under bridges, in doorways, or in public parks.

They often resort to petty theft and prostitution to survive. Most are addicted to inhalants, such as Rugby glue, which offers them an escape from reality, and takes away hunger -- in exchange for
a host of physical and psychological problems, including hallucinations, pulmonary edema, kidney failure, and irreversible brain damage. Many are
victims of abuse, sometimes murder, by police, other authorities and individuals who are supposed to protect them.

Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by parents -often by step-parents-are the most common reasons why children leave their families. Psychologists and social workers refer to the problem as "family disintegration".

The social phenomenon of street children is increasing as the Third World population grows. In fact, the largest-ever global generation of children will be born in this decade. Four out of ten urban dwellers are expected to be under 18 years of ageby the year 2000. That number is expected to increase to six out of ten by 2025.

Place: 1 out of 200
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06/09/2005 03:43:08 PM
great photo, havent seen it before!
12/14/2004 07:42:50 AM
Good job! And congrats to your ribbon. Kabayan...

Message edited by author 2004-12-14 07:44:03.
10/10/2003 10:36:37 PM
I felt like I could hardly look at it but couldn't stop looking. Great shot.
03/09/2003 07:20:35 PM
What is mean? Would we rather all turn our eyes from the truth? Photojournalism at it's best. This is so poignant. I feel for this child and all the others he represents.
It makes me incredibly sad. I feel despair that I cannot help them.
03/09/2003 01:56:18 AM
i dont think that its mean to take a picture of a homeless person as long as the reason is genuinely to let the world know the harsh realities of what we do to our children. a ten for me gigi. congrats!
03/08/2003 06:08:00 PM
Thats mean to take a picture of a homeless person!
03/05/2003 05:34:35 PM
Congrats on the win Gigi, you found the real despair out there. I tried to give my shot a message too, but it is only staged. I feel highly shocked and deeply moved by looking on your picture. I know, that such living conditions are existing in the world, but such a photo brings that powerful back to my mind.
03/04/2003 09:37:54 AM
With your image and comments you have awakened many to the plight of the homeless in your country. You have done a great service with your image, much more than just winning a photo contest.

Congratulations. Yours was a well deserved win in this very difficult category. I was pleased that at lease two of the top three were voted for the category. This was tough because so many images were staged, but voters came through once again making the right choice.

Thank you.

03/03/2003 08:12:36 PM
I would like to know if there is any way we can be of help. Is there an organization that could use contributions?
03/03/2003 11:52:58 AM
Ms Gigi, Thank you for sharing that which is in your heart and i hope it will grow to help others as you go through your life.
Your new friend, - Mieka

Message edited by author 2003-03-03 14:27:09.
03/03/2003 09:01:15 AM
The photo reminds me where I came from. I always tell my kids not to waste food for the same reason as you stated.

Great job and keep it up!
03/03/2003 01:28:26 AM
This is a great shot. One of my favorites. Congrats on 1st!!!!
03/03/2003 12:58:56 AM
Thanks you for appreciating my work, this is my first ribbon. I have started this hobby 2 months ago, and I am learning from all of you. This is my first ribbon and I am overwhelmed with the results, though my other photos are doing well in the past too. It gives me more inspiration to do my craft better.

Taking this shot is not so hard to do, but it hurts. At first it gave me the feeling of hesitant, coz Iím going inside the hideouts of the street children. Sidewalk vendor helps me get inside their place. It is so heart melting when I got inside. Bad odor, miserable places to live, but despite of who they are and what they do they are very friendly to me. Some of them are just being neglected by their parents and they result to inhaling shoe glue, which offers them an escape from reality, and takes away hunger. Many are victims of abuse, sometimes murder, by police, other authorities and individuals who are supposed to protect them. They survived by begging and scavenging. After my visit to this children,I bought them bread for them to feed, I know they need more than this. They need homes and they need love.

here are some of the shots which i took during this outtake.


Again I thank you all for my first ribbon :-)

Iíll be back with those kids again and feed them.
03/03/2003 12:30:08 AM
This photo deserves the ribbon. Congrats! It's 10 from me and my fave.
03/03/2003 12:21:46 AM
You deserve the prize. My heart breaks looking at it. That is despair.
03/03/2003 12:15:45 AM
A powerful message Gigi, Congrats on first place.
03/03/2003 12:08:27 AM
Excellent shot, congrats on the win.
03/03/2003 12:05:44 AM

This is an image with great impact. I congratulate you on your ribbon but am saddened that such conditions exist.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2003 11:17:17 PM
The most moving photo of the challenge, well done. To look at this child's eyes is heartbreaking.
03/02/2003 11:09:38 PM
Very despairing. Sad, but an excellent photojournalistic photo. 9
03/01/2003 12:48:08 PM
Very moving photograph. The sepia tones work well. Composition could have been better if the subject were not so centered.
02/28/2003 03:57:53 PM
Great capture, and I like the sepia tones
02/28/2003 02:16:33 PM
Wrenching as hell. Tears are coming as I study your photo. Perfect depiction of despair.
02/28/2003 01:27:17 PM
this really depicts despair. good job. i like the sepia tone too
02/28/2003 08:56:10 AM
congrats on a great shot... i think you have captured the essence of this challenge very well. This could easily be a national geographic photo... great work... = 10 - setzler
02/27/2003 02:02:28 AM
Very nice journalistic shot. You have to feel for the kid.
02/26/2003 10:09:32 PM
Oh man now this one is good... Finally. The only thing that takes away is the bright sun in the front-right. But that would be hard to avoid. Good one!!! First and only 9.
02/25/2003 07:41:41 PM
I think you got it
02/25/2003 03:39:32 PM
poor kid :( this one will definitely win
02/25/2003 01:38:42 PM
don't cut out his toes
02/24/2003 11:25:23 PM
VERY well done ! This is a really sad photo. You caught the "despair" in the eyes. The tone works great. = 9
02/24/2003 09:03:31 PM
Ouch... That hurts. Very wll executed. Way to go on being able to take this shot. It must have been hard for you too... 8/10
02/24/2003 07:40:59 PM
Very powerful image. Goo capture. The sepia tone adds to the feeling of despair. Good luck. Jacko. 10
02/24/2003 07:39:00 PM
That's heartbreaking and real. It's a shame that this happens. This photo is real and tragic.
02/24/2003 07:24:26 PM
Nice tones. I wish he weren't so much in the middle. Great eye in catching this one.
02/24/2003 06:07:35 PM
Strong shot. Powerful.
02/24/2003 05:47:07 PM
I'm not sure about the title - this kid is probably wondering where his next meal is going to come from. No complaints about the photo though, it's great.
02/24/2003 05:45:54 PM
Very powerful photo, 10 from me
02/24/2003 05:27:24 PM
Powerful image. Very good.
02/24/2003 05:22:08 PM
great photojournalism shot! watch the toes being cutoff next time though.
02/24/2003 02:19:23 PM
This photo meets the challenge in ways that I don't like to see. I wish the whole world was happy, but this child may never get a chance to be. Thank you for sharing your corner of the world. I hope it gets better. 10
02/24/2003 08:39:12 AM
This photo just cries out "despair" and you have captured it well. It's a pity you cropped out his toe in this shot, it's the only point which bothers me here. I hope you gave him a few coins afterwards :-) 9 from me.
02/24/2003 02:30:22 AM
This is such a strong photo ,it makes you think .This photo is a winner -10
I just hope the child will win one day
02/24/2003 12:49:42 AM
couldnt meet the challenge better than this shot ..GL 10

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