The Mundari - Cattle of Kings

PhotographerTariq Zaidi
Prize1st Place in Editorial / Other_ED
City/CountryLONDON, United Kingdom
Photo Date2016
Entry Description

Tariq Zaidi has spent the last 10 years photographing tribal and indigenous people in over 30 countries in Africa. He has just returned from South Sudan, where he photographed the little-documented Mundari tribe. It is hard to overstate the importance of cattle to the Mundari people. Their animals are everything - wealth, status, sustenance and dowry - and they guard them with their lives. They farm a breed of cattle called Ankole-Watusi – a distinctive white animal with curved horns, also known as ‘the cattle of kings’. With a single cow or bull worth up to $500, “Their cows are the most important thing in their lives,” says Zaidi. “And they will protect them at all costs.”

About Photographer

In Jan 2014, Tariq Zaidi?gave up a senior corporate position to pursue his passion of documenting social issues, inequality, endangered communities and traditions from around the world. His work has been published?over 700 times including: BBC, CNN, The Guardian, National Geographic, LATimes,?Washington Post, Spiegel, Marie Claire, GQ, Times of London and many more. He has won many major international photography awards and shown his work in over 50 international exhibitions. Tariq works as a freelance photographer based out of London, UK.