/ 2020 / Fine Art / People

Nenets, The Reindeer Herders. The last nomads of the Arctic

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/People
  • Photographer
    Jose Luis TRISAN
  • Credit

For thousands of years, the Nenets have led a nomadic lifestyle by migrating with their reindeer herds across the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic, beyond the Polar Circle.
With the arrival of winter, the region is transformed into a landscape covered in snow and frozen rivers and lakes. This allows the Nenets to migrate their sledges and herds from the summer pastures in the north to the winter pastures south of the Arctic Circle. Today only about 12,000 nenets make this journey of thousands of kilometers following the same ancient migration routes of their ancestors.