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Goroka Sing Sing

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

Why a Wonder: A yearly cultural event in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, during which villagers from more than 100 tribes from around the island share their culture. This “sing-sing” is a feast of colors for the eyes, supported by mesmerizing chanting, singing, dancing and drumbeats.

Where: Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Province of Papua New Guinea.

When: Close to the country’s Independence day, September 16.

Photography: Find out what time the event starts, and arrive early so you can take portraits before the action beings.

During the “sing-sing,” be prepared to move around, sometimes dancing with your camera among the villagers. Join in the celebration, it's fun and the villagers love it, but be careful not to get in the way of other photographers.

The key to good composition is to cut the clutter: watch the background and check the edges of your frame . . . mostly for other photographers and tourists.

Traveling with one lens, like the Canon 24-105mm zoom lens, and wearing a photo jacket is a good idea. That way, you will not need to put a camera bag down on the ground, which is usually not a good idea in crowded conditions – anywhere. Keep extra camera batteries and memory cards in your zipped pockets, along with your wallet.

Most of the performers at the “sing-sing” don’t ask to be paid, but if you set up a portrait session, a small fee is expected.

More: Check out this KelbyOne class, Travel Photography, Making Portraits of Locals.

© Rick Sammon

This post sponsored by Delkin Devices.

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