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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
We ride together, we fly together

Participants in the annual Golden eagle festival, showing off their skills. The festival is held in Bayan-Ölgii aimag, West Mongolia. The eagle hunters are celebrating their Kazahk heritage and compete to catch small animals such as rabbits and foxes. Eagle hunting has been practiced in Central Asia for thousands of years, although nowadays it is preserved only in the Kazakh culture where the traditions are still alive and well kept.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Ulgii, Mongolia
Camera: ILCE-7RM3
Copyright: © Tihomir Trichkov