April 16, 2014

Fête de la Mare

Photograph by Sarah Jackson, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was working on a one-year assignment in Diankana, Guinea, a village on a tributary of the Niger River," says Your Shot contributor Sarah Jackson. "I had not been in the country very long before I began hearing about the annual Fête de la Mare (Festival of the Pond), which occurs in many villages throughout the eastern part of the country, where the Malinke culture predominates. This festival celebrates fishing and always takes place at the end of the hot season, when the water level of nearby ponds is at its lowest and the fish are easy to catch. Everyone waits at the water's edge for the signal to dash in with their fishing baskets and compete to catch the most and the biggest fish."

Jackson's picture, which was featured in the Daily Dozen, was taken while everyone waited for the signal to run into the pond. "It was a relaxed moment, with teenagers lounging on their fishing baskets and ladies chatting in the background, but there was an air of excitement for the festivities as well."

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21 comments
Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Love how this pic captures the different emotions on peoples faces.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The young man in the foreground seems to have caught himself already ! I've never seen such an unusual black/and white photograph before.Bank to bank they wait for the' starters gun ' and the mad scramble to start fishing. A good shot indeed. j.e.s.......

Denis C.
Denis C.

"So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish." (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - 1982)

jogendra kumar
jogendra kumar

Very nice that photo has so much kind of  emotionas

Ros Riggs
Ros Riggs

It is a brilliant photo... so much to look at... and thanks for sharing the story... you were lucky to see it... and I hope you had a great fish meal that evening..

George Siseho
George Siseho

I like fish as much as i like water, It  seems  that was the mood  when locals in Guinea waited for the signal during the Fete de la Mare.....I hope that there is plenty of fish in Guinea to reproduce....PROTEIN.

Bories Jung
Bories Jung

An interesting photo with a gray grainy heaven and all those people waiting for fishing!

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