2013 Photo Contest, Sports Action, Singles, 1st prize singles

Joy at the end of the run

Photographer

Wei Seng Chen

12 February, 2012

A competitor and his charges reach the finish of a bull race, in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra. Pacu Jawi is a 400-year-old tradition in the area, held after the rice harvest once the paddies have been cleared.

About

Wei Seng Chen

Dr. Wei Seng Chen is a Malaysian freelance photographer. He takes on assignments for local and foreign photo agencies or event management companies, shooting mostly sports events...

Background story

West Sumatra, Indonesia

A competitor and his charges reach the finish of a bull race, in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra.

Pacu Jawi is a 400-year-old tradition in the area, held after the rice harvest once the paddies have been cleared. Competitors yoke themselves barefoot to two bulls using a wooden harness, and drive the animals by gripping their tails. Winners are judged by their ability to run in a straight line, and by whether both animals are cooperating. Some 600 bulls and 50 farmers participated over a number of races in Pacu Jawi in February.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/500 sec
Focal length
220 mm
F-Stop
8
ISO
800

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