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This National Geographic Award-Winning Picture Changed The Life Of 3 Families Forever

Two years ago, in 2013, a wedding photojournalist Nicola Smernic with his girlfriend went on a trip to New Zealand. It was the last day of their trip in Queenstown that surprisingly became very special to them. That day, Smernic saw a piano player on the street and an adorable little girl sitting over there. According to him, that was the picture perfect scene, so he captured it with his camera. He truly liked the music but he was more interested in the photography and then he left the spot without enjoying the piano. At the end, the characters in his pictures remain strangers for him; he never their names. 

He did not know that the moments of the trip will not only be limited to his memories but will bring him some unexpected gifts. Few months later, his randomly clicked picture led him to win ten awards among 15500 other pictures in annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Undoubtedly, it was a huge reason for his happiness. But, the story doesn't end here. That single picture proved very powerful to change his life and bring surprises for him one after another. There was something else too, which was better than those awards. 

Let's see how a picture brought an interesting turn in his life!

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This National Geographic Award-Winning Picture Changed The Life Of 3 Families Forever

This National Geographic Award-Winning Picture Changed The Life Of 3 Families Forever

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The National Geography Traveler Photo Contest award-winning picture.

The National Geography Traveler Photo Contest award-winning picture.

There is a beautiful site of Queenstown and two totally unknown people in the picture. This photograph then created the whole story.

The picture brought him unexpected awards and an unexpected message.

The picture brought him unexpected awards and an unexpected message.

One day the busking piano player, a character in the image sent him a text. She was called Mathias.

Some days later, he received an email and that was...

Some days later, he received an email and that was...

And that was from the mother. Mother of the little girl in the picture. And after that, these three families got connected with each other through messages and emails.

He gifted a frame of that award-winning picture to Mathias.

He gifted a frame of that award-winning picture to Mathias.

The picture, which became a special part of his life and connected him with two other families.

He sent the another picture to Jemma, a cute little girl and she happily took the photo with the present.

He sent the another picture to Jemma, a cute little girl and she happily took the photo with the present.

Mathias, the piano player also sent them original albums of his piano instrumentals.

Mathias, the piano player also sent them original albums of his piano instrumentals.

After listening to his amazing piano music, Smernic came with an idea of using his music at the background of wedding photography slideshows. It helped Mathias to make money which then he used to release his fifth album.

Long after that, Smernic decided to get married with his girlfriend.

Long after that, Smernic decided to get married with his girlfriend.

He wanted Mathias to play piano on his wedding day which first seemed like an impossible dream as New Zealand is quite far from his place, but when he shared his thought with Mathias, he again got a surprising news of his visit to Europe with his family around that time.

Last year, in 2014, Smernic got married and Mathias played piano in his wedding.

Last year, in 2014, Smernic got married and Mathias played piano in his wedding.

Now, the next thing left for him is to go back to New Zealand to meet Jemma and her family.

Now, the next thing left for him is to go back to New Zealand to meet Jemma and her family.

To me, such coincidences always seemed like fictional stories, I never thought it could ever happen in a real life. It is amazing what one little picture did. I truly wish for these three families to stay connected forever.

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