By Pete Goddard
These stunning aerial views capture the historic spectacle of camel racing from a brand new angle.
Amateur photographer Majid Al-Amri, used a drone to encapsulate the true scale of the contest as the animals charged through a desert racetrack in Al Batinah South, Oman, last month.
In the 33-year-old’s breathtaking footage of the dangerous tournament, dozens of four-by-four vehicles can be seen speeding alongside the camels.
Majid said it is rare to see jockeys taking part in the traditional races, as due to safety concerns the camels are now more commonly ridden by robots.
The maths teacher said: “The photo shows camel racing where the camel owner or one of their relatives are riding the camels.
“This has become rare, because riding robots have become common.
“I prefer to take unusual photos, and focused on the shadows and the tracking lines as well as the cars.
“After the camels have been prepared for a race, their owners used to have to sit in their cars.
“Then the cars begin to follow the camels so they are ready to have a reception for it at the finish line – especially if their camel is victorious.
“There is an element of danger – the most dangerous moments are at the beginning of each race, because accidents can occur and riders can fall.
“Usually, both victorious owners and riders will get valuable prizes.
“The winning camels will also see an increase in their value.
“The race is an exceptional event which attracts not only camel owners, but photographers too.”
Majid began taking photos of his country’s natural sights in 2011.
He has since travelled to Indonesia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Sudan and Kenya photographing both wildlife and human communities.
Majid said: “I am used to taking photos of the Omani environment and the daily life of Omani people.
“I have tried to highlight our rich culture and traditions, so they can be discovered by others.”