When you sign up for a photography workshop in Uzbekistan, you’re not signing up for a touristy experience… You’re diving headfirst into a cultural adventure that goes beyond just taking pictures. Our team has been putting together an itinerary since 2019 that really gets to the core of local life, giving you a true taste of the people and traditions that make Uzbekistan so unique.

And let’s not forget about Kupkari – the thrilling game that takes place when the calendars align. And guess what? Starting in 2025, it’s going to be a yearly occurrence on our Uzbekistan Photo Tour.

What is Kupkari?

Oh man, Kupkari is WILD!

I remember the first time I experienced it. The ground was shaking, dust was everywhere, and people were bolting in every direction.


But once you get the hang of it, it’s actually pretty thrilling. It’s like a rush of adrenaline, seeing these riders trying to grab that goat carcass and make it to the finish line while everyone else is trying to do the same.


Let me explain a bit more about Kupkari for those who may not be familiar with it.

Kupkari in Uzbekistan (also named Buzkashi in Afghanistan and Tajikistan or Kok-Boru in Kyrgyzstan and Kazhaktzan) is a traditional game that is popular in Central Asian countries. It is a horseback competition where riders try to grab a goat carcass and carry it to a goal while fending off other competitors. The game requires skill, agility, and strength, as well as a strong bond between the rider and their horse. It is not only a test of physical prowess but also a display of courage and determination.

The origins of Kupkari date back centuries and it is deeply ingrained in the cultural heritage of the region. Watching a Kupkari match is a thrilling experience that showcases the rich traditions and history of Central Asia.

Our photographers on a mission

Security first

When it comes to photographing Kupkari, security is definitely a top priority. We want to make sure our photographers feel safe and comfortable while capturing all the action. That’s why we make sure to brief our guests on the ins and outs of the game before it kicks off. Knowing what to expect and how to stay safe is essential for getting those epic shots without any unnecessary risks.

Anticipation and knowledge

Our guests at the workshop are not just passive observers; they are on a mission to document the raw energy, the intense emotions, and the sheer spectacle of Kupkari, regardless of the lighting situation. We guide them before hand with the tools and techniques to navigate such challenges.

Final photographs

The result? A stunning collection of photographs that encapsulate the spirit of Kupkari – the dust kicked up by galloping horses, the determined expressions of the players, the cheers of the spectators, and the sheer adrenaline rush of the competition. Each image tells a story, capturing a fleeting moment in time that embodies the essence of Central Asian culture.

Check out some of the photos from our Kupkari escapades.