"I’m from New York City. I had never even heard of the word ‘mushing’ before I covered the Yukon Quest,” Reportage photographer Katie Orlinsky tells National Geographic’s Proof blog in a recent interview. “But as soon as I watched the first dog team come into a checkpoint with their legs pounding on the sparkling snow and their paws covered in those funny neon-colored booties, I was hooked.”
Katie was first exposed to the world of Alaskan sled dogs when she covered Yukon Quest, a 1000-mile dogsled race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. Later this summer, she visited kennels in Eureka, Juneau and elsewhere to see how dogs pend the off-season, and explore the bond between musher and dog. Read the rest of the interview and see more of Katie’s photos on National Geographic’s website.
Katie Orlinsky is a photojournalist from New York City. She regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various non-profit organizations around the world. She received the Alexia Foundation First Place Student Grant in 2012 and the POYI Emerging Vision Incentive award in 2011 for the body of work “Innocence Assassinated: Living in Mexico’s Drug War.”
All photos by Katie Orlinsky