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Honorable Mention BIFA 2022 People / Culture

Summer With The Eagle Hunters In Western Mongolia

  • Photographer
    Anja Bruehling
  • Agency / Studio
    Anja Bruehling Photography
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in People / Culture

Deep in the Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia meet, Kazakh people have nurtured their nomadic lifestyle for centuries. During the communist period of Kazakhstan, many Kazakhs fled to Mongolia to keep their nomadic lifestyle and avoid being sent to collective farms. They settled in the Bayan-Olgii Province and kept their traditions alive. Today there are an estimated 250 eagle hunters left in the area. The summers are filled with family gatherings, sheep shearing, horse races and wrestling.

In 2017 Anja Bruehling gave up her global executive career to pursue her passion -documentary and fine art photography. She has worked and travelled to over 60 countries. Her passions are documenting people, diverse cultures, social issues and the human condition around the world. She sees the camera as medium to stay curious more than ever and to make observations, explore places, prosperity, beauty, people and the socio-economic problems they face.