Madoka Ikegami The Tsaatan People

The Tsaatan people are one of Mongolia’s last groups of nomadic reindeer herders that has been maintaining it’s traditions for thousands of years — this documentary series offers a portrait of their fast-disappearing traditions.

The Tsaatan seasonally migrate within the forests of the Taiga according to weather and food conditions. They migrate to better care for their reindeer, which they depend on for milk and transportation.

Today, they are facing challenges to their traditional way of life: recently introduced laws aimed at conservation are limiting their ability to hunt wild animals for food and climate change is gravely affecting their habitat. Also, changing weather seems to be exposing the reindeer to new diseases.

Previously self-supporting, they now are partly dependent on government handouts and tourism which enable them to buy meat and other supplies. Still, millennia-old tradition are under grave threat.

– Discover more of Madoka’s work here

Monthly Photo Contest

People Portrait photograph man with orange clothes standing before bridge
© MD Tanveer Rohan

THEME: PEOPLE Deadline: 31 October 2019

“It is more important to click with people
than to click the shutter.”
- Alfred Eisenstaedt

From all the corners of the world, across all cultures and borders: this month we want to discover and celebrate the diversity of the human race.

Be it fashion, portrait, street, documentary or any other form of photography that tells the story of people, there are very little boundaries and we are open to all approaches.

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