1988 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Eric Valli

01 January, 1987

Mani Lal (63) descends a 50m-long bamboo ladder, secured only by a cord around his waist, after collecting the wild honey of 'apis dorsata', a giant bee. Mani Lal is the head of a Gurung village in the foothills of the world's highest peaks. As did his father, a shaman priest, he travels to the Himalayan ravines every spring and autumn to collect the honey. He is the last of his village to have mastery of the technique.

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Eric Valli

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