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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bestas

Taking place every year across Galicia, Rapa das Bestas, or 'Shearing of the Beasts,' involves cutting the manes of semi-feral horses that live in the mountains. Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, which takes place the first weekend in July.

This photo is a finalist in the Natural World category of our 14th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 09.2016
Photo Location: Sabucedo, Pontevedra, Spain
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Javier Arcenillas
Awards
Photo of the Day: 03.06.17
Editor's Pick
Finalist