Polish photographer Bartlomiej Jurecki captured the true essence of Redyk, the centuries-old annual traditional march of highlanders with his creative shot.

Jurecki says the autumn march ends in festivities, as highlanders celebrate returning home with the flocks from the grazing fields high in the mountains. Traditionally, shepherds are paid by owners in sheep milk for looking over their flocks throughout the summer. Redyk is held twice each year, in the spring and fall. The two events are known as redyk wiosenny (spring trailing) and redyk jesienny (autumnal trailing).

“During the contemporary Redyk, it happens often that the herds have to pass through roads on the outskirts of the local towns – the streets are then completely blocked when the hundreds or sometimes even thousands of the sheep are moving on their old trail. Many times cars are trapped among the sheep,” he says.

Shepherds look after the flocks while they graze over the summer. Once the Redyk is over, sheep are given back to their owners to their winter shelters.

Jurecki says he appreciates the Redyk tradition and admires the ability of participants to organize the march of several thousand animals “so efficiently that everything works without a hitch.”

Redyk is a traditional annual march of highlanders with flocks of sheep in Minerza, southern Poland.

 

Location:       Mizerna (Poland)

Settings:
         1/250 – f/4.5 – ISO 2500

About The Author

Bartlomiej Jurecki

Bartlomiej Jurecki is a graduate of the Cracow School of Art and the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz, where he earned his Master of Photography. He is a laureate of competitions like: Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Black & White Spider Awards, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Vincent Van Gogh Photo Award, Grand Press Photo (6X), BZ WBK Press Photo (8X), Leica Street Photo (2X), Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, IPA International Photography Awards (13X), National Geographic Poland (2X), SGL Local Press (4X), Journalist of a year 2014 of Lesser Poland Voivodeship, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Kuwait Grand Photography Contest (2X), dotART Urban International Photo Contest, Photojournalist of the year 2015, 2017 (2X) (Association of Photographers in Poland), FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year (2X), Event Photography Awards (3X), Siena International Photography Awards, Polish Sport Photography Award. He is also a finalist of following competitions: StreetFoto San Francisco, International Mountain Summit Photo Contest 2017, Travel Photographer of the Year 2016, Press Photo of the Year (2X), Memorial Maria Luisa 2017, Erazm Ciolek and Eugeniusz Lokajski competation organized by the Association of Polish Journalists. He works for biggest local polish newspaper Tygodnik Podhalanski.

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