2018 Photo Contest, Sports, Stories, 1st prize

Kid Jockeys

Photographer

Alain Schroeder

24 September, 2017

One of the many races of the day is underway, during Maen Jaran horse races, on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia.

Child jockeys ride bareback, barefoot and with little protective gear, on small horses, during Maen Jaran horse races, on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. Maen Jaran is a tradition passed on from generation to generation. Once a pastime to celebrate a good harvest, horse racing was transformed into a spectator sport on Sumbawa by the Dutch in the 20th century, to entertain officials. The boys, aged between five and ten, mount their small steeds five to six times a day, reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour. Winners receive cash prizes, and participants earn €3.50 to €7 per mount.

About

Alain Schroeder

In 1989 he founded Belgian photo agency Reporters. He has illustrated over 30 books dedicated to China, Persia, the Renaissance, Ancient Rome, the gardens of Europe, Thailand, T...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/2048
Focal length
200.0 mm
F-Stop
8.0
ISO
500

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