Youthful Ambition is a series of images by American photographer Christopher Ryan. Some of these portraits are pulled from other series, such as
Youth and Urban Decay while others are shot specifically for the series. Youthful Ambition is about kids who excel in a talent such as singing, dancing, fighting, gymnastics, football, basketball, or other sports.
Champion Muay Thai fighter in his age group in Nong Khai, Thailand
Group of Indian boys who perform dive tricks on the Ganges River in Varanassi
Focus is a child recording artist in Bangkok, Thailand
14 year old athlete doing some pushups.
No is a 14 year old basketball player in Bangkok.
Ethan is an American ballet, jazz, and contemporary dancer.
Tang Tang (age 12 in photo) is one of the top teen girl fighters in Bangkok.
15 year old twin Muay Thai fighters helping each other stretch.
Korn is an award-winning singer, model, actor, and dancer. Shown here at 10 years of age.
Two teenage Muay Thai fighters (Hart and Tor) taping up before a match.
15 year old Muay Thai fighter Hart showing off his six pack.
Burmese teen training at a vintage gym in Bangkok.
Teen Indian mallakhamb performer in Mumbai.
Children and teen mallakhamb performers in Ahmedabad, India.
15 year old football (soccer) player in Bogota, Colombia.
13 year old football (soccer) player.
Teen actor and model in Aruba.
Paulina, 15 year old American boxer in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Boat, a Thai teen pop singer from Udon Thani, Thailand.
15 year old Turkish boys oil wrestling at top athletic school in Istanbul.
Jenny – a 12 year old Muay Thai fighter