2021 Shortlisted

David Evans – The Sámi reindeer herders of Lapland

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The Sámi are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses large northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia.

This series focuses on an area of Swedish Lapland around the villages of Rensjön and Jukkasjärvi, and was created over successive winters in a 3 year period.

About 10% of Sámi people in northern Sweden rely on semi-nomadic reindeer herding for their livelihood – which is declining due to mining, forestry and industry. There are also fewer and fewer young Sami people willing to adopt this traditional lifestyle. Tourism provides some hope for the continuation of their traditional lifestyle.

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