2016 Photo Contest, Sports, 1st prize

Vetluga's Hockey


Vladimir Pesnya

19 February, 2015

Players of the Vetluga junior team on their way to a match against the club from the neighboring village of Sharanga.

HC Vetluga is an amateur ice hockey team in the small town of Vetluga, some 230km north of Novgorod, in Russia. The team participates in regional championships. The players’ stadium is simply a fenced-off area of ice in the open air. HC Vetluga comprises people of all ages, from schoolchildren to pensioners.

About the photographer

Vladimir Pesnya

Born in 1970 in Moscow into a doctor’s family, Vladimir Pesnya worked as a correspondent for the weekly Book Review, and as editor-in-chief of factory newspaper Stankostroitel. H...

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