The Tsaatan people, Mongolia, photography series by Madoka Ikegami, reindeer herders

The Tsaatan People A photography project by Madoka Ikegami

Madoka Ikegami’s documentary series portrays the Tsaatan People, one of Mongolia’s last remaining groups of nomadic reindeer herders, whose millennia-old traditions are increasingly under threat.

The Tsaatan seasonally migrate within the forests of the Taiga in search of better weather conditions and food for their animals, who they depend on for milk and transportation.

Today, they icreasingly face challenges to their traditional way of life; recently introduced laws aimed at conservation limit their ability to freely hunt wild animals for food, and climate change has put their habitat under serious threat, whilst the changing weather also appears to be exposing the reindeer to new diseases.

Previously self-supporting, they now are partially dependent on government handouts and revenue from tourism which enables them to buy meat and other supplies.

– Discover more of Madoka’s work here

Monthly Photo Contest

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2022 Travel AWARD Deadline: 31 August 2022

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it. Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary… We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually – Let’s travel together!


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