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When it's time to prepare the rice fields for planting, it's time to hold a Pacu Jawi, or Cow Race. Cattle compete by racing down a muddy field pulling rice plows behind them.

Pacu Jawi, or Cow Race is an exciting cultural event held every year in West Sumatra, Tanah Datar and Payakumbuh, Indonesia. They're a major, well-organized event. Pacu Jawi is always held in the muddy rice fields and is usually carried out in accordance with the harvest season. Jockey riding a pair of cow while holding only on the cows. In order to force the cows to walk faster, they will bite the cows on purpose. Two cows are loosely tied together so it is more difficult to maintain a consistent long-term. This creates a fun and funny moments, for example, two oxen will run in different directions jockey splitting in half. Jockey fell flat on his face in dirty water and mud followed by thunderous applause and cheers from the audience.

I took this culture image in Tanah Datar of West Sumatra, Indonesia in Feb 12, 2011.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:135.0 mm f/2.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Feb 2011 - 1:32 PM
Focal Length:135mm
Aperture:f/2.2
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Spirit of Pacu Jawi
Username:harrysulistio harrysulistio
Uploaded:12 Jun 2012 - 10:27 AM
Tags:Photo journalism
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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:16 AM

Now that looks like jolly good fun...for the audience not the cows. A really fine photo of the event, you have caught the action and the flying mud.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:21 AM

A great action shot as well as documentation of the event
Helen

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:41 AM

Absolutely fabulous image Harry,captures the drama of the event that we can only dream of visiting.
Tom.

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:49 AM

Excellent capture.

Ray

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:55 AM

Wonderful and powerful capture,
saeid

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 12:34 PM

Wonderful action capture, Harry, and a great write up.

Dave

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JohnChambersPhotography

Everything to like, very good timing ,great action shot, really enjoyed the write up, good work.

John

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 1:51 PM

Wow cracking image

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10845 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2833 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 2:08 PM

Excellent shot.


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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
12 Jun 2012 - 3:05 PM

wow great action shot like it

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 5:37 PM

Very well captured!
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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 8:03 PM

Super action shot and interesting info.
Ju

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speybay
speybay  10 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 - 10:18 PM

Stunning action capture , perfect compostion .

Ian

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Maysrose
Maysrose  3 England
25 Jul 2012 - 9:09 PM

Great action shot Smile

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