2018 Photo Contest, Sports, Stories, 3rd prize

The Boys and the Bulls

Photographer

Nikolai Linares

19 February, 2017

Three 16-year-olds get ready to train with real bulls at a bull ranch in Albacete, Spain, where they have traveled especially for the experience, from Almería, 350 kilometers away.

Bullfighting has long generated controversy and is declining in popularity, even in Spain, yet across the country boys still dream of stardom in the arena, and attend bullfighting schools to learn the requisite skills. At the Escuela Taurina Almería, a bullfighting school in Almería, Spain, boys aged 10 to 16 practice three times a week. The minimum age that boys may participate in a proper corrida, with a live bull, is 16. In February 2018, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged Spain to ban children from attending bull fights or bullfighting schools. Proponents say that bullfighting is part of Spain’s national fabric, an art form that encourages striving for the best.

About

Nikolai Linares

He does editorial work for newspapers and magazines and works on his own stories at least once a year.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/200
Focal length
24.0 mm
F-Stop
3.2
ISO
2000

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