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2012 Padang



Padang is situated in West Sumatera, Indonesia.

The most famous attraction is the event called 'Pacu Jawi' or bull racing.
This Sumateran sport is held in the between of each rice harvesting/planting season in the Minangkabau tradition
to bring fun and encouragement to the people. It is also a contest between villages in the area.

This race took place in Tanah Datar, West Sumatera, Indonesia.
With their hands and feet occupied steering the bulls, jockeys must bite the tails of the bulls to make them go faster.
Itís dirty, dangerous, and somewhat insane, but itís an event worth watching and photographing nonetheless.

The winners are not judged on the speed of the race, but on the jockey and bulls performance.
The jockeys had to prove their strength, bravery and expertise in bull handling.
The ability to entertain the crowd is also an important judging criteria.


Aerial view of Sumatera, Indonesia
Aerial view of Sumatera, Indonesia
kampung and paddy fields
kampung and paddy fields
Young girl, Lake Singkarak
Young girl, Lake Singkarak
Children playing, Lake Singkarak
Children playing, Lake Singkarak
Fishing boats, Lake Singkarak
Fishing boats, Lake Singkarak
Villagers fishing at Lake Singkarak
Villagers fishing at Lake Singkarak
Children of West Sumatera
Children of West Sumatera
Afternoon rest for the boys
Afternoon rest for the boys
Net fishing on the Lake Singkarak, Indonesia
Net fishing on the Lake Singkarak, Indonesia
The catch
The catch
Afternoon delight, Lake Singkarak
Afternoon delight, Lake Singkarak
Frolicking, Lake Singkarak
Frolicking, Lake Singkarak
Young girls, Lake Singkarak
Young girls, Lake Singkarak
Sun setting behind the hills, West Sumatera
Sun setting behind the hills, West Sumatera
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Roasting coffee
Roasting coffee
Village entourage arriving with gifts to the opening ceremony
Village entourage arriving with gifts to the opening ceremony
Traditional Minangkabau musicians
Traditional Minangkabau musicians
School children awaiting the opening ceremony
School children awaiting the opening ceremony
Village procession with the bulls to the racing field
Village procession with the bulls to the racing field
Reception at the racing field
Reception at the racing field
Receptionists dressed in traditional dresses at the bull racing field
Receptionists dressed in traditional dresses at the bull racing field
Traditional Minangkabau dresses and headgear
Traditional Minangkabau dresses and headgear
Villages with their ceremonial bulls arriving
Villages with their ceremonial bulls arriving
Jockey biting the bull's tail
Jockey biting the bull's tail
slip, sliding on the muddy fields
slip, sliding on the muddy fields
Bull racing on the open and wet rice fields
Bull racing on the open and wet rice fields
Blowing kisses to the crowd and judges
Blowing kisses to the crowd and judges
Dangerous ride
Dangerous ride
Bull-headed
Bull-headed
Intensity
Intensity
Coming apart at the seams
Coming apart at the seams
Muddy ride
Muddy ride
Just hanging on
Just hanging on
All eyes and all concentration
All eyes and all concentration
Side view of the bull race
Side view of the bull race
Sianok Canyon, Bukittinggi, Sumatera
Sianok Canyon, Bukittinggi, Sumatera
Bull race
Bull race
Free to run after the release by jockey's aide
Free to run after the release by jockey's aide
Releasing the hold of the bulls tail at the finish
Releasing the hold of the bulls tail at the finish
JOY AT THE END OF THE RUN
JOY AT THE END OF THE RUN
Bonding with the animal
Bonding with the animal
monkey business
monkey business
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia
Sunset at Nirwana Beach, Padang, Indonesia