Haizim, by Shirren Lim
On a recent trip back to Mongolia, we spent some time with the Kazakh eagle family situated in Modon Hoshoo, Saksai Village, Western Mongolia. This photograph is of Haizim, the leader of the Kazakh eagle hunter family. Today, there are an estimated 250 eagle hunters in Bayan-Ölgii, which is located in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolian. Their falconry custom involves hunting with golden eagles on horseback, and they primarily hunt for foxes.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 06
Award Score: 66 (Value 12, Clarity 11.5, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Saksai Village, Modon Hoshoo, Western Mongolia
Photographer: Shirren Lim (Jakarta, Indonesia) Registered
Born in Penang Island, Malaysia, in 1970, Shirren would find herself moving cities over the course of her life. She is now based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Shirren took up photography in 2009, as she thought it would be an interesting habit, later she discovered it as her true passion. Shirren loves portraitures best. To her, the expressions people wear are so beautiful, so telling, so uncovered in their sincerity. With her photo-taking, she tries and does justice to capture humanity in its many forms. Shirren’s work has been described as intense and earthy with her simple composition cutting to the heart of the subject matter. As a child, she had flipped through many of her father’s National Geographic magazines, but it was Steve McCurry’s 1984 “Afghan Girl” that she recall two decades later. That is what she wants to do with her life. She believes, someday, she can able to capture that one moment that could change the world. Her work has appeared in several web and printed magazines.