My photo of the year 2016

Let them Learn

Let them Learn | Tanzania | 2016

In my last post of 2016 I want to leave you with my favorite photograph of the year. It shows a group of small children in a very simple and small one room building deep in the Massai bushveld in Tanzania, that triples as kindergarden, elementary school and Lutheran Church. A few sunspots fall on the floor and on the children.

Of all the photos I took in 2016 this is not only the one that means the most to me. Photographically, but also the visit to this small Massai congregation out in the bush, where the clans still live in their traditional semi-nomadic way in their simple “bomba” (fenced in circular houses) without running water and electricity, was one of the most memorable impressions of this year and surely one I will never forget.

This photo also stands for my greatest wish for 2017. Let the children learn ! I truly believe this is the only way we can overcome the chaotic times we live in. If we would succeed  in providing education for all children on this planet,teach them the core values of humanity that are universal to all cultures, this world would be a better place. And my visit to the Tanzanian bush has proved to me once again that children are eager to learn. They are interested in the world. They want to broaden their horizons. This is natural to children. We just have to let them learn!

I wish all of you and your loved ones a great start into the new year. Have a peaceful, blessed, successful, healthy and happy 2017. Chase your dreams and make them come true!



  1. So sweet. Great photo and great post Marcus! Most likely will wish you happy 2017 before the time comes… but all my best to you and your family in 2017!! You’re slowly inching me towards a trip to Africa… but first I need to overcome my fear of flying darn it. Soon!!! 🙂 Love those little faces.


    1. Well, I’ll say it again. Happy New Year Marcus! Thank you for inspiring me to be a better photographer, and thank you for this post- which reminds me what it’s all about in the first place. May 2017 bring much happiness and love to you and your family!

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      1. Thanks so much, Janet 😊🙏🙏, this really means so much to me! This is what I created this blog for, to inspire people and help them discover photography as such a wonderful creative outlet. But the best thing of blogging is meeting amazing people like you !! Looking so much forward to keeping in touch! Marcus

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