Photo by Richard Dunwoody
The two photos that stand out most from Sudan are these two images of Mohamed Adim doing the flying leap at the races in Khartoum and the pyramids at Meroe.
The photo below I was very lucky to capture; the crowd, none of whom spoke any English, started shouting “Frankie! Frankie!” and the jockey suddenly leapt into the air right in front of me, Frankie Dettori style. It was not quite as graceful, however, and he was quite lucky not to do himself an injury.
We joined a Wild Frontiers tour to cover a lot of the country. It was a great trip and the second image is a reminder of just how much Egyptology there is along the Nile in Sudan.
Taking pictures in Sudan was generally not a problem. People were mostly quite happy to be photographed, as long as you were respectful and asked first – especially with the women. Security throughout northern Sudan and Khartoum seemed fine and the biggest hazard was the dust and heat.
On the 36-hour train to Wadi Halfa, we were forced to keep a window slightly open and I woke up on the first day to find my camera equipment thickly covered in sand. Fortunately, I had some dry bags with me to protect my cameras and lenses when they were not in use.