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Anthropology of Sport Photo Contest: Body Category Finalist

Title: Cheese rolling, Gloucestershire, UK.

 

Description: To what extent cheese rolling is a sport is a matter of opinion. If the criteria for determining it include an intense kinesthetic experience and a high degree of competitiveness then cheese rolling is definitely a sport. To be more precise, not the rolling of the cheese itself but the uncontrolled tumbling of bodies down the steep slope - photograph shows actual angle. The cheese itself is no more than an excuse to experience the world in a very different way and with all the senses. The way the participants travel down the slope is not the way one would normally descend a steep hillside. Which is why many of them accept it from the beginning and automatically throw themselves down the slope without even attempting to stay on two legs.

 

Photographer: Jose Navarro

 

Occupation: Photographer and Graduate Student

 

Country: England

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Taken on January 19, 2009