Zenaidy Castro, In the hour of Darkness (Photo of the Year)

Today, approximately half of Mongolia’s population is still roaming the vast plains living in the ger and moving their campings several times a year on the grounds with no fence. Nomadic life thrives in summer and survives in winter. Considering climatic conditions, especially during winter, such lifestyle may seem to the outside world to be a very hard way of living. No electricity at night and no winter heating inside the ger, other than the light and heat of fireplace on a bitter minus 40-50 degree, is not something to be looked forward to. However, Mongolians have developed for centuries such qualities as strength and resilience that are essential for survival in this harsh nature, which is their cherished homeland.