Tuesday, 8 January 2013

"BY INVITATION ONLY" - January 2013...

     ...stands under the motto:

What's Wrong With the World?
What's Right With the World?

I would simply like to start 
with the way children now see our world.

Last year thousands of young photographers worldwide 
submitted their images to the youth photography contest
which aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues. 

Children aged 17 and under were encouraged to illustrate the themes of

 'I love nature' and 'I hate pollution'

Children's Eyes On Earth

"A testament to human activity"
by Maria Surzhenko, 17 years old, Ukraine

Nicolai Valdivieso-Sinyakov, 17 years old, United States

"I love Nature" 
by Isabella Barbaro, 11 years old, UK

by 8 years old Anastasia Vorobko from Russia
(first prize 2012)

"La Manifestation"
Justine Althaus, 12 years old, France

"Emergency Exit"
Juan Carlos Canales, 14 years old, Spain

 Abrar Ahmed, 17 years old, Bangladesh

Fariha Jahin, 16 years old, Bangladesh

Evgenija Konopleva, 14 years old, Ukraine

Bogdan Timoshenko, 11 years old, Ukraine

Esmeralda Edenberg, 15 years old, Sweden

"Carbon footprint"
by Sepehr Jashmidi Fard, 14 years old, Iran

Andrew Carroll, 15 years, Canada

Raghav Paul, 14 years old, India

"Nature's Best Little Helpers"
by Hannah King, 10 years old, US

Joe Grundy, 16 years old, Australia

Cecilia Judeikin, 11 years old, Uruguay

Nikita Hoshko, 7 years old, Ukraine

Enno Forchner, 14 years old, Germany 


Yuliya Gumirova, 15 years old, Russia

Abhilash Baishya, 16 years old, India

Rakshita Rana, 9 years old, India

Imran Farid, 16 years old, India

by Sazzid Ahmed, 17 years old, Bangladesh

"Morning at Situ Gunung"
by Michael Theodric, 10 years old, Indonesia

Mirai Sakano, 13 years old, Japan

"The Ibex of the Alps"
by Erik Hess, 16 years old, UK

Simonas Baronas, 12 years old, Lithuania

"Love and care"
Camille Segonne, 14 years old, Costa Rica

 Kristina Bychkova, 17 years old, Italy

Scott Hamilton, 15 years old, United Kingdom


Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Children collect rubbish from a huge dump outside the city to resell –
 the only way to raise money to feed their families.

and by 2012

not much has changed

"In The Dumps"
by Mary Ann Tablante, 16 years old, Philippines

Michael Theodric, 10 years old, Indonesia

"The Last Breath"
by Kseniya Saberzhanova, 17 years old, Russia


My thoughts about 'What's Wrong':



and the worst evil:


Unspeakable greed and pursuit of profit,
leading to Poverty,


 Child labour

Most recent global estimate is that 215 million children under 14 years old
are involved in child labour worldwide,
with more than half this number involved in its worst forms.

 Children are engaged in agricultural labour, in mining, in manufacturing,
in domestic service, types of construction, scavenging and begging on the streets.
Others are trapped in forms of slavery in armed conflicts,
forced labour and debt bondage (to pay off debts incurred by parents and grandparents)
as well as in commercial sexual exploitation and illicit activities,
such as drug trafficking and organized begging and in many other forms of labour.

Child labour tends to be concentrated in the informal sector of the economy.
For some work, children receive no payment, only food and a place to sleep.
 Children in informal sector work receive no payment if they are injured or become ill,
and can seek no protection if they suffer violence or are maltreated by their employer.

 Many of these are “worst forms” of child labour as they are especially harmful,
morally reprehensible, and they violate the child’s freedom and human rights.

Ragpickers in Calcutta



Millions have died in resource-fuelled and ethnic wars since the late 1990's

War-torn communities are not just battle-scarred and traumatised
- they have lost breadwinners, crops, cattle, land, homes and businesses.
Their villages and main roads may be littered with landmines which take years to remove
and make it difficult to rebuild schools, hospitals and farm the land.

In recent decades, many of the bloodiest conflicts in Africa and Asia
have been fuelled by profits from the exploitation of natural resources,
including diamonds, timber and minerals.

Access to power and natural resources
Some countries have a "winner takes all" approach to government, 
and the control of wealth, power and natural resources is concentrated in the hands of a few.


 Earth's greatest biological treasures
are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived
as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments,
multi-national logging companies, and land owners.

 Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; 
now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests 
could be consumed in less than 40 years.

When a hectare of primary rainforest is cleared and replaced with oil palms, 
this releases around 65 times as much carbon into the atmosphere 
as can be saved annually by using the palm oil as a biofuel. 

Pollution - Climate change

" ...The climate has changed, and the only remaining questions may well be:
a) how bad will things get, and b) how long will it be before we wake up to it.
The only sane people who don’t see this as a problem are those
whose profitability depends on the status quo, people of money and power
 ......who called the effects of climate change “manageable.”

Which I suppose they are, as long as you’re wealthy and able to move around at will.
But it’s not manageable to the corn farmers losing their crops (many are just chopping them down),
the ranchers selling off their cattle, the thousands of people in Colorado burned out of their homes in fires
caused by the worst drought since 1956 or those who will lose their homes or jobs to fire,
flood, drought or whatever in coming years. How will they “manage”?


Access to land and water is likely to worsen with climate change.
Food and water shortages and migration because of climate change, 
as well as ethnic/religious conflicts and pursuit of profit,
will certainly increase the risk of war.


Now, being aware of all the "Wrongs"
it would be rather daunting not looking again
 at the world's bright side,
the still existing













Love and Care


People who are brave enough
 to stand up for what is right in difficult situations.


my big hope lies in our
Young and next generations

"Peaceful Co-existence"
by Darpan Basak, 9, India

"Fields of Green"
by Bianca Stan, 14 years old, Romania

by John Luckyly de Ocampo, 15 years old, Philippines





A joyful gift from my "blog friend" Judith to start the New Year!
(Judith from Touch2Touch    here)


to see how each one of the "BIO-group" interpret

"What's Wrong With the World?
What's Right With the World?"

click   here

Photographs with thanks to:

"Children's Eyes On Earth"

"Peaceful coexistence of human and animals"
Images 1,2,3,4,5,6,
by Gregory Colbert
Photo work Ashes and Snow


  1. What wonderful images Karin and just perfect for our 'By Invitation' subject this month. Those photographs are fantastic and from such young, talanted and sensitive children/ young people. I think that, even the ones that show the pollution are still beautiful images and show us that we live in a beautiful world that needs looking after.
    Have a lovely week Karin and here's hoping that the world will be even more beautiful in 2013. XXXX

  2. Oh my, I was already teary-eyed while looking at the beautiful images on Jacqueline's post and this made them flow. When travelling to poverty stricken countries, it was always seeing the children (and the elderly) in need that broke my heart the most--and yet, as you so clearly show, they still see our world with such open eyes and clear vision. So this moved me greatly. Thank you for presenting this in your fair-handed and enlightening way.

  3. touching post ...

    ... full of empathy

    ♥ Franka

  4. Some of these photographs are tragic. All are stunning. I pray for a better world for all children on earth.

  5. What an extraordinary and thoughtful post, Karin. Your thoughts, words and amazing images have me going through this post again and again. Thank you! xxx

  6. Dearest darling Karin, this is the most thought-provoking of all our posts. Isn't it tragic that the children see so clearly what the adults ignore? But out of tragedy maybe a new generation of educated youth will see the way to correct some of these problems. My post points out the needless killing of beautiful animals as trophies. One day our youth will see to it that all this is banned around the world. Thank you so much for the thought you put into this post, and the time it took to make it perfect. This is what we should all strive for in our lives, one minute at a time. Much love....

  7. Hello Karin

    A powerful post. We have monumental problems in the world.I, too, hold a lot of hope for the next generation. Your images of the animals has lifted my spirit.

  8. out of they eyes of babes...extremely powerful post...uplifting...yet alarming...

  9. The perceptions and budding talent of children. They are the only hope to save us from ourselves. Your post is extraordinarily touching and heartbreaking.


  10. Dear Karin, Hope is in the children.....another well researched and totally disarming,thought provoking post from you, thank you for this...N.xo

  11. Hello Karin,

    I becomes very silent of this blogspot...


  12. Wow Karin, what wonderful post and all those beautiful images. Thank you for taking the time. What a gift to come in here and see all of it, the beauty and the crudeness of the images, but such a reality check. Trinidad

  13. When I looked at these pictures first I wondered if children have done it and then I thought
    that those children are our future and with them our world will be bright. I strongly believe in their hope. Wonderful.

  14. Karin I am truly humbled. The photographs of the world through a child's eyes.Then the little workers just break my heart with the life they must live. It should not be like this, there is just no excuse.


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