Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes we search for it, sometimes it just finds us. No matter when, where, or how it happens, adventure is felt, experienced, and remembered. Part of its beauty is its breadth of definition. We invite you to share yours with us.
To uncover cultures unseen, to discover the wonders of nature, to dive into the depths of history and to experience the unexpected. Whatever the adventure is, the 2021 ColorPro Award celebrates the spirit of adventure through the lens of photographers from around the world.
In the village of Uzgen, Osh region, more than 170 horses (in this picture) and men wearing the classic Soviet tank hat or a Kyrgyz tebetei hat, push and shove each other with dexterity and endurance in fearless combat as they fight for possession of a young 60 kg bull. Itin Bietov Jildizbek, a wealthy local man, has organized a massive game of Alaman-Ulak to celebrate the 13th birthday of his son Cherniaz. Thousands of riders have come to compete for the prizes he is offering throughout the day; 10 horses, 10 yaks, 10 camels, and the grand prize of the final game, a Lada brand car. Trying to outrun your opponents with a headless goat wedged between your leg and your horse might not be your idea of a fun game but in Kyrgyzstan, Kok Boru is the national sport. Dead Goat Polo, as some refer to it, looks more like cavalier rugby. Generally divided into two teams of five (and hundreds or more in a freestyle variant called Alaman-Ulak), fearless men on horseback race from one end of the field to the other chasing the rider with possession trying to prevent him from scoring a point by heaving the 20 kg body into the tai kazan (goal) at either end. Only stallions are used in this game because they are naturally anti-social and eager to fight off rivals. The players train their horses to muscle out other horses in the pack while they themselves wrestle each other to snatch the goat and gallop toward the goal, slamming into the rubber tires that encircle the meter-high mound. Most villages throughout the country have a playing field, some have official stadiums. Professional teams play tournaments which culminate in the national championships that take place during the festivities surrounding Nowruz on March 21st when the Kyrgyz nation celebrates the beginning of spring. This year (2020), the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has halted large public gatherings but unofficial games continue to be organized in many villages. Players share the cost of the goat or wealthier citizens sponsor games with prizes to celebrate life events, inspire good fortune or simply for fun, and the winning team always takes home the goat for a post game feast. The origins of this legendary game lie somewhere between nomads hunting or defending their livestock against predatory wolves, to men and horses honing their fighting skills. Boys from the age of 4 - 5 learn to play on donkeys and instead of a goat, they throw around a much lighter pillow made of goatskin stuffed with hay. The new generation is happy to continue this rough-and-tumble game.
While cruising at sea, a sailor swabs the deck of a ship's red deck. It was taken while somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.
This picture was taken in the Altai Territory near Kyrsay, in the south of Lake Teletskoye. There is no electricity in these places, only home-made generators running on diesel fuel allow you to recharge your phone and camera for a couple of hours a day. The nearest civilization can be reached only by cars called "Shishiga". Locals are engaged in hunting and fishing, due to which they survive in these hard conditions.
Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The whole SOCP team works together to prepare Brenda, an estimated 3-month-old female orangutan (she has no teeth yet), for surgery. A sedative is administered, the arm is shaved, her temperature is taken, while others hold her head or her hand out of compassion for the baby. During the three-hour procedure, Dr. Andreas Messikommer, a renowned orthopedic surgeon invited from Switzerland, will place a pin and screws to secure the damaged humerus. Brenda was confiscated from a villager in Blang Pidie on the west coast of Aceh who was keeping her as a pet. General caption: Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion and fragmentation of the rainforest. As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, road construction, mining, hunting and other development continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural rainforest habitat. Organizations like the OIC (Orangutan Information Centre) and their immediate response team HOCRU (Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit), rescue orangutans in difficulty (lost, injured, captive...) while the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) cares for, rehabilitates and resocializes orangutans at their purpose-built medical facility, aiming to reintroduce them into the wild and to create new self-sustaining, genetically viable populations in protected forests. That we share 97% of our DNA with orangutans seems obvious when you observe their human-like behavior. Today, with just over 14,000 specimens left, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo Abelii) along with the 800 specimens of the recently discovered Tapanuli species (Pongo tapanuliensis), are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Myanmar, Bagan, At 7AM during the anual festival of Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, monks line up to receive alms prepared by devotees who have journeyed from all corners of the country. A young monk finds himself stuck in between his brothers in the shuffle.
Since 1990, perilous train journey in the capital of Bangladesh become a guillotine for the people . Dhaka is one of the densely populated city in the world. About 20 million people live in this city for their earning purposes. 95% of these people have come from different urban areas and villages from all over Bangladesh. As a matter of fact, millions of people use train to go home for vacation, festival and for other purposes on regular basis because train is one of the most easiest, accessible and convenient medium of communication for them. As a result huge passenger pressures get imposed on Bangladesh railway daily. This extra load makes train journey very perilous and risky . Thousands of commuters try to grab a spot on the train. As there is not enough trains, People are often forced to travel sitting over train roof, at door, at window, at intersection of two compartment and even standing beside engine. This vulnerable journey causes over thousands of accident every year resulting bone fracture, twisting, and even death.
During my expedition to the volcanic area of Fagradalsfjall in southwestern Iceland, it was the first photo just after the first contact with lava and the ubiquitous poisonous gas. Volcanoes are a rare opportunity to observe the complete transformation of the landscape. Places that were only recently valleys and meadows became hills, craters and lava fields. Being there was a great experience.
A water-buffalo shepherd is rearing its horse up while his herd is crossing the creek on the way back home in Kayseri,Turkey.
Free diver diving into a school of Jackfish, at one of the most beautiful island in the world, Sipadan Island.My wife is a skilled free diver, as we visited the amazing Sipadan Island of Malaysia, I dived under the water and waited her to dive towards the middle of the jackfish repeatedly, until I got this beautiful shot of her surrounded with storm of jackfish.
Fisherman attempts to catch the fishes in the little mangrove forest of Inle Lake, Shan State in Myanmar.
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