2019 / People / Culture

Winner of Naadam

  • Company
    Whynot Gallery
  • Photographer
    Tomek Kozlowski

Naadam is one of the the most unique national festivals in Mongolia. There are a variety of marathon horse races being organized on exhausting distances between 15 and 35 km.The photograph captures strong family connection and emotion of a young jockey and his father (trainer), proudly posing on a horseback just after winning the 20 km race.The fatiguing rivalry of young jockeys,who are just a few years old,takes place in the full sun of the dusty Mongolian steppe.Children usually gallop bareback,without basic equipment.The victory is always a source of great pride for a family and locals.