July 18, 2014

En Masse

Photograph by Nicola Chilton

Thousands of performers dance in unity at the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. In the background, schoolchildren hold colored booklets to create each “pixel” of the nation’s flag. The two-month-long festival depicts the story of North Korea through gymnastic and artistic expression.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.


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28 comments
Kip Keino
Kip Keino

My daughter, the pixel.  Seat #496-227.

Josephine Haptonstahl
Josephine Haptonstahl

Makes me wonder what would happen to the individual who didn't hold the correct pose or color.

Sheila Leahy
Sheila Leahy

Is there a dancer on the ground ? Red section 10th row counting from left.

Todd J Lowe
Todd J Lowe

I am the girl  7th row in 17th person in the back....with the lettuce in my teeth (:

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

Oh goodness, I thought that was tiling behind them!

Maria Kis
Maria Kis

if somebody remember it was the same in Romania before1989


Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The loss of the individual.  Impressive discipline but reminds me of ants rather than human beings.  I see one person not perfectly aligned with the pattern.  

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Just dont know what to say, words fail me!  j.e.s.........But I'm sure glad, I am where I am.  j.e.s........

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

Very cool shot, and along the lines Shabbir, Denis, and Todd,,, too bad they will never be able to see our posts here either. Do the North Korean citizens know that man landed on the moon yet?

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

It is amazing what you can accomplish with an unlimited supply of expendable labor.


Denis C.
Denis C.

That day they had the right to eat.

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