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Viviana Peretti – Italy – Winner – Arts & Culture – Professional Competition 2014 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Awards 1 – 18 May 2014 at Somerset House, London Colombian drag queen and Miss Bambuco Gay 2012 in the dressing room at a gay bar in Bogota few minutes before the beginning of the National Bambuco Gay Pageant 2013. For this contest the drag queens dress traditional Colombian clothes and dance the bambuco , a regional, folkloric, ‘religious related’ dance of the Andes, characterized by the elegance of its movements and precious dresses. Generally couples dance the bambuco and men lead women, in this series women are drag queens. This drag queen is from Huila – a region in the South of Colombia – where the folk dance comes from and where there is a big tradition around the ‘bambuco’ that children learn at school. People in Bogota don’t know how to dance the bambuco, for this reason the winner of the Drag Pageant is generally from Huila, as well as the men that dance with the ladies, and the judges of the contest. Bogota, July 19, 2013

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