2011 Photo Contest, General News, Singles, 2nd prize
Photographer

Guang Niu

17 April, 2010

Tibetan monks prepare for the mass cremation of earthquake victims on a mountaintop in Yushu county, Qinghai province, in China.

About

Guang Niu

Guang Niu was born in Beijing, China in 1963, and holds Canadian nationality. He studied at the Beijing TV and Broadcasting School, and began his professional career as a photogr...

Background story

Golmud, Qinghai, China

Tibetan monks prepare for the mass cremation of earthquake victims on a mountaintop in Yushu county, Qinghai province, in China. A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the province on 14 April, killing over 2,600 people and injuring some 12,000 more. Tibetans usually practice sky burial, leaving corpses out for vultures, but the sheer numbers of dead in this case forced the monks to abandon tradition.

Photo credit:
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Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/800 s
Focal length
16 mm
F-Stop
f/5.6
ISO
200
Camera
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

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