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This image is taken from Carsten Egevang’s new book, Unseen Greenland.

In March 2018, I attended the annual Greenland Dog Sled Race Championship in Ilulissat. Thirty participants with 10 dogs each competed for the title of best musher. Although there are cash prizes, the honor and prestige of keeping the long tradition of dog sledding alive is what drives many participants.

Dog sledding is experiencing rapid changes in Greenland; its use for subsistence hunting is declining as racing grows in popularity. The total number of sled dogs in the country has declined by more than 50% over the past three decades.

I captured this image of a high mountainside just after the start of the run.

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Authors biography

Carsten Egevang is an award-winning Danish photographer with over 25 years of experience in the field. As a seabird researcher with a PhD in arctic biology, he traveled to the most remote regions of Greenland. Egevang began his career in photography as a traditional wildlife photographer shooting only in color. In recent years he has turned to black and white photography, documenting the strong connection between wildlife and the indigenous peoples of Greenland. Egevang is the author of several books on Greenland, and his images have been widely used in newspapers and magazines around the world.

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Cite this article: Carsten Egevang “One Great Shot: Mush Speed”, Hakai MagazineFebruary 11, 2022, accessed February 11, 2022,