I realized that the last handful of posts have been “debbie downers,” so it’s time for something a bit more light-hearted.

UNICEF announced their Photo of the Year Contest winners earlier this week, and the first prize picture from a photo essay about children living with albinism in Tanzania, is truly touching. Admittedly, the subject matter is anything if carefree. Still, it’s really nice to see a candid image of joyful friendship despite the stigma that often prevents people with albinism in African countries (and many other places as well) from living any kind of mainstream life.

(Photo by Johan Braevaman, 2009)

Click on the link above to visit the UNICEF Contest site, and peruse the photo essays by the winners and many honorable mentions. Photographers covered a broad range of topics concerning children, such as living with autism, growing up in a refugee camp, and the dealing with the trauma of war.