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Prepping for the Hunt
Photograph by Steve Winter

In his home in Myanmar's Hukawng Valley, Ar Gal Kyar holds his crossbow below a wall bearing the skulls of macaques and deer. Like other members of the Lisu people, Kyar believes such trophy boards bring good luck in hunting. Faced with decreasing populations of certain species—particularly tigers and other cats—Myanmar officials are expanding a wildlife refuge in the densely forested Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar. In order to ensure enough prey for tigers, which feed on wild boar and deer, the government is attempting to persuade villagers to hunt such species only for subsistence and not sell the meat for profit.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 3       
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17 - 35mm f/2.8 Canon
Speed and F-Stop: 5 seconds @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Noon
Lighting Techniques: I used candles and two Vivitar 285s


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