Eagle Hunters of Western China


The Eagle Hunting festival, organised by the local hunting community, is part of an effort to promote and grow traditional hunting practices for new generations in the mountainous region of western China that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. The training and handling of the large birds of prey follows a strict set of ancient rules that Kazakh eagle hunters are preserving for future generations.

China's Kazakh Minority Preserve Culture Through Eagle Hunting in Western China on January 30, 2015 in Xinjiang, China

Photographer: Kevin Frayer, Canada

Kevin Frayer is an award-winning photojournalist based in Asia. Frayer is formerly a National photographer at the Canadian Press and a Chief Photographer for the Associated Press based in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and New Delhi, India and is currently working with Getty Images. His photographs have been widely published around the world. He now resides in Beijing.


© Kevin Frayer, Canada, Shortlist, Professional , Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards