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The Last of the Eagle Hunters

As senior Golden Eagle hunters age out of the hunting tradition and younger nomads head to the city for opportunity, the custom of eagle hunting risks dying out. But with the help of Mongolia's Golden Eagle Festival, this Kazakh cultural practice might just stand a chance.

Awards

Black & White Photo Contest

2023

Gold

Travel

Professional

Nominee

People

Professional

The Last of the Eagle Hunters

As senior Golden Eagle hunters age out of the hunting tradition and younger nomads head to the city for opportunity, the custom of eagle hunting risks dying out. But with the help of Mongolia's Golden Eagle Festival, this Kazakh cultural practice might just stand a chance.

About Artist

Rachel Rudwall

If you want to know what it's like to climb Kilimanjaro, paraglide with a hawk (a.k.a. "parahawk"), ice climb while simultaneously acting as the Director of Photography on an EMMY-nominated TV show, or SCUBA dive cage-free with bull sharks, Rachel's the woman to ask. She likes the stuff that makes palms sweaty and brains explode with inspiration. As an EMMY-Nominated On-Camera Host, Producer, Camera Operator, Writer, and Award-Winning Photographer, Rachel has traveled all seven continents, lived in three countries and journeyed through 75+ nations. Rachel loves dropping herself into faraway lands to relate their stories to outsiders. In fact, she does such a good job of it that she was recently named an Explorers Club "Fellow" alongside exploration greats like astronaut Buzz Aldrin, conservationist Jane Goodall, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. Rachel has had countless global adventures, ranging from TV hosting for Travel Channel's Epic Lists and ABC's FABLife, to digital hosting for TIME, Inc. and Tastemade, and from brand influencing for BMW and Chase Bank, to producing shows like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men. Beyond the screen, Rachel writes articles and shoots photography for magazines like AFAR and Forbes, and shares further global inspiration through public speaking, including TEDx Talks, keynote addresses and workshops. She content produces live events for clients such as Google, coaches C-suite executives on storytelling at Fortune 500 companies, and consults with private clients to help them nail their elevator pitches. Rachel has worked in every stage of media production, from development and pre-pro to field and post, and is skilled with varied editing systems, digital cameras and gear — drones included! Her audience spans over 250,000 adventurous souls around the world. And, as a result of her extensive travel experience, Rachel has been a featured expert for Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Marie Claire Magazine, TIME, and many more. Rachel is tough and thinks quickly on her feet. She manages severe weather, high speeds, squat toilets and creepy-crawly foods. Entertaining and authentic, her work connects with a wide variety of demographics. So, sit back, relax, and let Rachel bring the world to you.

Rachel Rudwall

Photographic Areas of Focus

Landscapes, Nature, People, Photojournalism, Portrait, Travel, Wildlife

Location

United States of America

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