/ 2017 / Press / People/Personality

Kazakh Hunter

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/People/Personality
  • Photographer
    Yan Li, United States

A well-known tradition of Kazakhs is hunting with trained eagles.
Mongolian Kazakhs are proud people, intent on maintaining their unique
culture, religion and way of life. As modernization progresses in Mongolia,
Mongolian Kazakh’s habit of nomadism persists, so does the love and
knowledge of falconry.

Originally being educated as an engineer, Yan Li received his Ph.D. degree in 2012. His solid knowledge of technologies, engineering and industry makes him understand what is transforming people’s lifestyles in the Information Age. He has the passion of traveling worldwide to admire the diversities on earth which are unfortunately facing challenges during the rapid urbanization and globalization. His photographic work focuses on capturing the fleeting moments of human experience, revealing personal stories of peoples, and documenting the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He is the winner and finalist of various prestigious awards, including the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) and the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.