“In this heart-rending scene we see a young homeless girl – alone and dejected, with a single coin in the tattered box that sits beside her. Ilya’s top-down viewpoint further emphasizes her meekness, and allows her to arrange elements that further compound her story – one passer-by ignores her completely, the other shadowed figures seem to watch from afar, unwilling to intervene. It’s powerful candid storytelling, and sad reflection of affluent places where young people can still be left behind.” – Life Framer

What a glorious surprise to be rewarded such a stunning award for my entry! I am very thankful for the acknowledgement and proud to be amongst all the great photographers showcased! This is a great boost for motivation as I am currently working on my photography skills to get them to the next level!

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