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The Cormorant Fishermen of Xingping

  • Prize
    Gold in Special/Others “Special”
  • Photographer
    Ivan Ferrer
  • Credit
    Ivan Ferrer

Using cormorants to catch fish has been a custom in China for the past 1,000 years. However, more modern fishing methods have resulted in a decline in this traditional method of fishing, and today there are only a handful of cormorant fishermen left, most of them in their 80’s. The fisherman train the cormorants to catch fish and give them special commands. On receiving a command to enter the river, the cormorant dives into the river and looks for fish. If it is dark, the light from the lantern assists them to see the fish.

I took up photography 9 years ago, and found my interest piqued by the magic of photography, taking it up initially as a part-time hobby and then as an all-consuming life-style. My inspiration comes from the manifold different cultures across the world: the people who are part of them, the street scenes that define them, and their customs, beliefs and ceremonies. Eager and motivated to showcase what I could, I have travelled to more than 50 countries in my determination to share these unique cultures with my viewers.

Awards IPA International Photography Awards 2018 Second Place
https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-163824-18

IPA International Photography Awards 2019 First Place
https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-175465-19

IPA International Photography Awards 2020 First Place
https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-200197-20

All About Photo - Streets
https://www.all-about-photo.com/all-about-photo-contest.php?cid=22

Portrait of Humanity (British Journal of Photography) 2020