Image of The Week: Women of Madagascar Sewing The Rice Terraces

This weeks image was captured in Madagascar during my time in the country late last year. On arrival I had no idea that the Madagascan countryside would be covered in rice paddies and terraces. Even with its close proximity to mainland Africa (Madagascar is considered part of the African continent) the inhabitants and the culture of the country is more closely related to Asia than Africa.

Whilst trying to get a little closer to this group of women working in the fields, I was caught peering through the trees with my camera. In situations like these, it’s always your best bet to smile, and have a bit of a laugh. It wasn’t long until I had the whole group in hysterics and laughing with me.

Women of Madagascar Working In The Feilds

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Jason has traveled the world extensively during the last 20 years, with overland journeys on six continents and across over 90 countries. This site serves as a chronicle of the images and tales from these journeys, as well as offering advice and general information for other like minded travelers.

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  • Cumidanciki

    I think we could learn to take such pleasure in our day to day jobs – from the mundane to even the harder tasks. Such gorgeous smiles.. and captured so perfectly… !

  • Peter Heck

    Awesome shot Jason. And I had no idea that Madagascar was like that either!

  • Jason

    Hey Ciki, As I sit here at 5.45am before I head off to work today. I’m not smiling I can tell you that. Thanks for your praise on the image, much appreciated. I really like this image myself as well.

  • Jason

    Hey Peter, I could not recommend a trip to Madagascar anymore highly. I had no idea what to expect in the country and sometimes that’s the best way to do it. The country was still coming out of the dry season, and only just beginning to sew the fields.

    If you were there at the right time of years, it would be amazing to see. The country is just so different to everywhere else. It’s not Africa, It’s not Asia, it’s just Madagascar. I will be going back that’s for sure.

  • Andi Perullo

    Love love love this shot! Look at those gorgeous smiles!!!

  • Jason

    Hey Andi, Thanks for that, I kinda like it as well. I was actually quite funny being there, as some of the ladies wanted to continue on working whilst others would still keep laughing and smiling. I think this image just sums up the Madagascan people as a whole.

  • Jason

    Hey Bethany, I loved Madagascar because it was so different to everywhere else I’ve been. Seeing rice paddies in a place that is considered part of Africa was quite weird, and unexpected. Thanks for your praise on the shot, I do really like this one as well.

  • Nellie Huang

    Great shot Jason! I’m really looking forward to my trip to Madagascar this summer – gonna scour through your site now for tips. ;)

  • Jason

    Hey Nellie, Glad you liked the photo. You’re gonna love Madagascar, it’s one of my favorite places I’ve been in many years. Not a great deal more on the site, unless your looking at running from fires and rolling your car over. We did have a little bit of madness in Madagascar, that you’ll probably read about.

    Just leave a comment or if you want, drop me an email on the contact page and I’d be glad to answer any questions you have.