Thursday, September 17, 2015

Return from Panama and Xingu Brazil

I have recently returned from Panama and Brazil and will be posting the images on the website soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Updates to Web Site

There are updates to the website since I last posted. I have returned from Laos and have also added updates to the Thailand series.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Amazon Indians raid remote Peru village

BBC News 

Authorities in Peru have decided to evacuate a remote Amazon community after it was raided by members of an indigenous tribe.
About 200 Mashco-Piro Indians armed with bows and arrows arrived at Monte Salvador looking for food.
They are said to have killed domestic animals and taken cooking pots and other metal goods.
No-one was injured, but police say it is safer for villagers to move to a bigger town.
This is the third time this year that the Mashco-Piro Indians have arrived in Monte Salvador searching for food and metal objects.
But last Thursday they came while most of the villagers were away and ransacked their homes before retreating into the forest.
The villagers say they also killed some of their animals.
Two days later, the Mashco-Piro Indians returned and the villagers fled.
The Peruvian police are sending boats to take them to Puerto Maldonado, a busy town in south-eastern Peru near the borders with Bolivia and Brazil.
A local indigenous organisation (Fenamed) has asked the government to protect the Mashco-Piro's land, much of which has been taken over by logging concessions and drug-traffickers.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Finalist Travel Photographer Of The Year

I have been informed that I have two images selected in the "One Shot/One Moment" category as well as a portfolio in the "Travelogue" category for "Travel Photographer Of The Year 2014"

Friday, August 1, 2014

Video of Amazon tribe's 1st contact with modern world released

Isolated tribe contracted flu after meeting Brazil government team

CBC News Posted: Aug 01, 2014 10:57 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 01, 2014 11:41 AM ET

An isolated Amazon tribe's first contact with modern civilization is revealed in footage released by the Brazilian government this week.
The eight-minute video posted Thursday on YouTube by Brazil's National Indian Foundation, Funai, was filmed on the second day of a Funai team's contact with the group, on June 30, reported Agence France-Presse. Seven members of the tribe made contact with a "settled" indigenous Ashanika community near the Envira River in Brazil's Acre state, near the border with Brazil.
The video shows a group of young, mostly naked men being approached by boat as they talk and sing. In one scene, they hold bows and arrows during what appears to be a peaceful meeting with a group of Brazilian men dressed in T-shirts, pants and baseball caps. In another, they accept a bunch of bananas while wading in the middle of the Envira River. The final scene shows two men from the tribe walking away from the camera carrying a modern axe and a machete as the person filming shouts at them.
Uncontacted tribe Indians Amazon
The group returned to its village, but later had to come back to be treated for influenza. People from isolated tribes have little immunity to contagious diseases. (Funai/Reuters)
The previously uncontacted tribe, with members speaking a language that's part of the known Panoan linguistic group, first made contact on June 26.
According to a Funai news release, the group reported it had been violently attacked by non-Indians at the headwaters of the Envira River in neighbouring Peru. The non-profit group Survival International, which advocates for uncontacted tribes, said Brazilian experts believe the attacks may have been related to illegal logging and drug trafficking.
The group later returned to their village, but all seven of them contracted influenza as a result of the contact they made with outsiders – many isolated tribes have little immunity to contagious diseases and in the past, contact with the modern world has sometimes led to deadly disease epidemics.
In a statement released July 17, Funai said members were moved to a government facility and given medical care, then returned to the villages.
Stephen Cory, director of Survival International, said in a statement that the incident was "a real test of Brazil's ability to protect these vulnerable groups" and that a sustained medical program was needed or "the result could be a humanitarian catastrophe."
According to Funai and Survival International, there are thought to be more than 70 uncontacted tribes in the Amazon that have chosen not to be in contact with modern civilization.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Uncontacted Amazon tribe meets modern world in Brazil

CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2014 4:17 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 11, 2014 4:47 PM ET

An isolated Amazon tribe has made contact with Brazilian authorities after illegal logging in the rainforest where they live.
Brazil's Indian Affairs Department, Funai, announced last week that the"uncontacted" tribe emerged from the rainforest near the Brazil-Peruvian border and made peaceful contact on June 29 with a "settled" indigenous community known as the Ashaninka.
The tribe met with a local environmental group, Frente de Proteção Etnoambiental Envira, and with an indigenous adviser to the local state government, the Brazilian government said. The local environmental group had been tracking the tribe as it moved closer and closer to the Ashaninka settlement in recent weeks.
According to Survival International, a London-based group that advocates for the rights of tribal peoples, uncontacted tribes are groups that generally have no contact with the outside world, although they may have had occasional, brief contact in the past. Although most are aware of people beyond their tribe, they typically avoid contact by hiding or shooting arrows at outsiders. 
Following contact with the isolated tribe at the Ashaninka settlement, a medical unit has been flown in to treat possible epidemics of common diseases, since isolated tribes usually lack immunity to those illnesses, Survival International reported.
The group said it and the Brazilian government had been warning there was a risk of such contact happening due to illegal logging on the Peruvian side of the border.

'Genocidal risk'

Stephen Cory, director of Survival International, expressed concern about the development.
"Both Peru and Brazil gave assurances to stop the illegal logging and drug trafficking which are pushing uncontacted Indians into new areas. They’ve failed. The traffickers even took over a government installation meant to monitor their behaviour," he said in a statement. "The uncontacted Indians now face the same genocidal risk from disease and violence which has characterized the invasion and occupation of the Americas over the last five centuries.”
Funai estimates there are at least 77 isolated groups in the Amazon rainforest, Survival International reported.
Funai has a policy of not contacting isolated tribes, but has a contingency plan for when such groups seek to establish contact with the modern world. The department has been tracking four distinct isolated tribes in the region for more than 20 years.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Journeys updated

 I have recently updated the Journeys section of the website

Friday, December 13, 2013

Travel Photographer of the Year 2013

 I received a "Special Mention for Best Single Image in a Portfolio - Vanishing &  Emerging 

Cultures" in the final round of judging for Travel Photographer Of The Year 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Latest News

I have just returned from Peru and will have the photos posted on the web site in the coming weeks.
I was informed that I am a finalist in the Vanishing & Emerging Cultures Portfolio  category of Travel Photographer Of The Year 2013.
ElderTreks has published their 2014-2015 Brochure with a cover photo of a Brokpa lady holding a candle.
The photo was taken while in Ladakh.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Freedom to photograph under threat

Police have no right to arrest anyone for the simple act of taking a picture — but they do.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Strong quake hits southwestern China, killing more than 100

Hong Kong (CNN) -- A strong earthquake struck the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Saturday, killing more than 100 people and injuring thousands of others in a region that suffered a catastrophic quake five years ago, authorities said.
Thousands of emergency workers, including soldiers, rushed to reach the affected zones in the hilly region, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang traveled to the area from Beijing, state media reported.
The death toll rose steadily through the day. It currently stands at 113, with more than 3,000 people injured, the China Earthquake Administration said, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Xu Mengjia, the Communist Party chief of Ya'an, the city that administers the area where the quake struck, told CCTV that because of landslides and disruption to communications, determining the total number of casualties may take some time.

The quake struck just after 8 a.m. local time about 115 kilometers (70 miles) away from the provincial capital, Chengdu, at a depth of around 12 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There was conflicting information about the earthquake's strength, with the USGS putting the magnitude at 6.6 and the China Earthquake Networks Center gauging it at 7.0.
It was followed by a series of aftershocks, some of them as strong as magnitude 5.1, the USGS said.
Authorities have responded by sending rescue workers to the area around the epicenter, briefly halting flights at the airport in Chengdu and suspending high-speed rail operations, state media reported.
The event stirred memories of the devastating earthquake that hit Sichuan in 2008, killing more than 87,000 people.
First responders to Saturday's quake reported that the damage caused didn't appear to be as severe as what was seen in the aftermath of the 2008 disaster, according to CCTV.
Fan Xiaodong, a student in Chengdu, said when the tremors began to shake buildings in the city, many of his startled classmates  some of them wearing only the clothes they'd been sleeping in.
At first, Fan said, he only felt a slight trembling as he dozed in bed.
"I thought it was my roommates shaking the bed," he said. "But the shock became stronger soon, and it came to me that an earthquake happened."
The epicenter was in Lushan country, a district of Ya'an. That area is home to China's famous giant pandas and houses the country's biggest panda research center.

© Kieron Nelson 2010 "Vanishing Cultures Photography" All rights reserved
CCTV reported that the pandas at the facility, which is about 40 kilometers from the epicenter, were safe.
Residents of Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis more than 300 kilometers from Ya'an, said the quake also shook buildings there.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Mob burns 'witch' in PNG

Online news: Asia
PORT MORESBY — A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday.

It was the latest sorcery-related killing in the South Pacific island nation.

Bystanders, including many children, watched and some took photographs of Wednesday's brutal slaying. Grisly pictures were published on the front pages of the country's two largest newspapers,

The National and the Post-Courier, while the prime minister, police and diplomats condemned the killing.

In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes. Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery, but responses to allegations of witchcraft have become increasingly violent in recent years.

Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a six-year-old boy who died in a hospital on Tuesday.

She was tortured with a hot iron rod, bound, doused in gasoline, and then set alight on a pile of car tyres and trash in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Kauba on Friday blasted Mount Hagen investigators by phone for failing to make a single arrest, Kakas said.

The public were apparently not cooperating with police, and police carrying out the investigation were not working hard enough, Kakas said.

"He was very, very disappointed that there's been no arrest made as yet," Kakas said.

"The incident happened in broad daylight in front of hundreds of eyewitnesses and yet we haven't picked up any suspects yet."

Kakas described the victim's husband as the "prime suspect" and said the man had fled the province. Kakas said he did not know if there was a relationship between the husband and the dead boy's family.

He said more than 50 people are suspected to have "laid a hand on the victim" and committed crimes in the mob attack. While many children had witnessed the killing, there were no child suspects, he said.

Kakas said onlookers were shocked by the brutality but were powerless to stop the mob. Police officers were also present but were outnumbered and could not save the woman, he said. There is an internal investigation under way into what action police at the scene took.

Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga described the slaying as "shocking and devilish".

"We are in the 21st century and this is totally unacceptable," Kulunga said in a statement.

He suggested courts be established to deal with sorcery allegations, as an alternative to villagers dispensing justice.

Prime Minister Pete O'Neill said he had instructed police to use all available manpower to bring the killers to justice.

"It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with," O'Neill said.

The US Embassy in the capital, Port Moresby, issued a statement calling for a sustained international partnership to enhance anti-gender-based violence laws throughout the Pacific.

The embassy of Australia, Papua New Guinea's colonial ruler until independence in 1975 and now its biggest foreign aid donor, said: "We join ... all reasonable Papua New Guineans in looking forward to the perpetrators being brought to justice."

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the killing "adds to the growing pattern of vigilante attacks and killings of persons accused of sorcery" in Papua New Guinea.

In other recent sorcery-related killings, police arrested 29 people in July last year accused of being part of a cannibal cult in Papua New Guinea's jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors.

Kakas could not immediately say what had become of the 29 since their first court appearances last year in the north coast province of Madang.

Police alleged the cult members ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.

The killers allegedly believed that their victims practised sorcery and that they had been extorting money as well as demanding sex from poor villagers for their supernatural services.

By eating witch doctors' organs, the cult members believed they would attain supernatural powers.

Murder in punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, a poor country of 7 million people who are mostly subsistence farmers. But no one has been hanged since independence.

                   © Kieron Nelson "Vanishing Cultures Photography" All rights reserved

Monday, January 28, 2013

Iconic India

Reviewing some older slides today, I have decided to add a new entry to the Web Site titled Iconic India. My first venture to this exotic land was in 1995 and had the oppurtunity to meet Mother Teresa.
I also spent a few hours in Agra and the Iconic Taj Mahal.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year volume 5

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year volume 5 is now available. I have been notified that my photo of a fisherman silouetted on the Li River, Guangxi, China has been included in their selection.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Eldertreks Brochure

The 2013-204 Brochure has my photograph of a Karo lady featured on the cover as well as several photographs included inside.
ELDERTREKS is the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over. Established in 1987, ElderTreks offers active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 100 countries. 

Back from Cambodia and Thailand

I will be posting images soon from my recent trip to Cambodia and Thailand.
Stay tuned to

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A big win for photographers in Canada

As of today, you now officially own the copyright to all your photographs regardless of whether they were commissioned. The development comes as a result of Canada major copyright reform bill (Bill C-11) taking effect this morning. One of the stated goals of the new copyright law is to, “give photographers the same rights as other creators.”