The People of Qeqertat

  • Photographer
    sebastian copeland
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Date of Photograph
    May 2022
  • Technical Info
    Canon 5Dsr with Zeiss Opus 55mm and 85mm f/1.4

Qeqertat is the most remote village in northern Greenland. Perched deep inside a fjord, villagers fish and hunt with the help of dog teams. Only 12 people live there year-round. With no cell reception or internet, the community is sustained entirely by the land. In May 2022, I travelled there with a dog sled to document the community and make formal portraits. With such a vulnerable demographic, it is hard to imagine how villages like Qeqertat would survive the march of time. The appeal of modern amenities and jobs lures the new generation away from their hunting culture and tradition.

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