Ken Hermann Bökh

“When a boy is born in Inner Mongolia, his family pray for him to become a wrestler. This ancient tradition is the cornerstone of Mongolian culture dating back centuries to Genghis Khan’s reign, when he used it to keep his soldiers battle-ready.

Khan famously compared wrestling to war: in both you face enemies who are stronger and more powerful than you, and you must attack. It’s a sentiment these young wrestlers keep very much in mind. This unique form of wrestling governs status for young men within the community, as it is used as a marker of manliness. These bouts take place in the remote and desolate grasslands, empty to the horizon except for a few scattered yurts and flocks of sheep.

Mongolian wrestling feels like a dance. Opponents meet in the ring with hands outstretched, moving around each other until one of them takes the lead. They engage in long, dramatic grapples, which at times resemble intimate embraces. In an instant it’s over. One trip. One lift. One throw. And it’s done.”

– Discover more of Ken’s work here

Monthly Photo Contest

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THEME: EMERGING TALENT Deadline: 29 February 2020

**FREE ENTRY**

This month we are offering a FREE ENTRY on single-image submission. Regardless of your budget or location: We are proud to invite ALL photographers to take part and have the chance to present their work.

We are looking for the best upcoming photographers of all ages, background and working in all photographic fields.

Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, fashion... There are no boundaries and we want you to release your creativity in as many inventive ways as you can imagine!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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