2012 Photo Contest, Sports, 1st prize



Alexander Taran

23 July, 2011

Fighters tussle during a strelka tournament.

About the photographer

Alexander Taran

Alexander Taran was born in 1983. In 1999, he entered the photo studio Siluet at the Youth Creative Palace where had studied for four years under the direction of educator and ph...

Background story

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Fighters tussle during a strelka tournament. At the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union, strelka meant a meeting of gangsters—the sort that often ended in a scuffle. Today, strelka refers to an amateur street-fighting tournament and is becoming popular with people from all walks of life. Contestants fight on sand, without a time limit. Only a knockout or surrender stops the fight.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/640 sec
Focal length
12 mm
Nikon D300

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