Once a year we travel through Brazil to collect information about cattle production. As a result I can capture moments like this. As we were collecting grass samples the two cattlemen stopped to talk to us and I could photograph these two old horses at the end of the day, still working after a lifetime of pretty much the same. They coudn’t stay far from each other as long as we talked.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | February 23
Award Score: 66 (Value 13, Clarity 12.5, Composition 17, Style 11.5, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: Ribas do Rio Pardo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Photographer: Lygia Maria Pimentel (Bebedouro, Brazil) Registered
Born in the countryside of Bebedouro, a Brazilian small town located in the state of Sao Paulo, Lygia Maria Pimentel has been fascinated by photography her whole life, but only in 2013 she was able to afford professional equipment. In the meanwhile, she graduated as a veterinary and started her consultancy company focused on guiding producers into risk management programs. As Brazilians have abusive taxes for imported items (89%), she decided to be an outlaw and asked a friend who was travelling to the US to buy her a Nikon D5300 with a 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6. When he arrived, she panicked: she did not know how to manage any of these buttons and functions. Even though Lygia regretted it at first, she decided to go after a course next. Overtime, she managed to learn how to operate the camera, even though she always has trained her eyes to capture. Then she started working hard. In less than two years, she already has a portfolio and wants to start working on it to understand where she has to work on and improve her techniques.