• Maralal, a small town about an eight-hour drive north of Nairobi, is the scene of an annual camel festival that brings together members of the Samburu, Turkana and Pokot semi-nomadic cattle-herding tribes.

    As well as two days of camel races, the festival includes tribal dances, market stalls and a few old-fashioned fairground rides. Tents also claimed to contain the shortest man or the smallest woman.

    Relations between these different tribes are mostly peaceful at the moment, but there can be a lot of conflict between them. Cattle rustling and clashes over grazing and farming land are common in arid areas of east Africa such as these.

    The festival gathers the different communities in the same place and allows them to make links with each other.

    Enjoy a selection of the best images taken during the festival...

    A competitor runs after his camel during a race at the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. The riders occasionally jump off their camel to make them run faster before remounting. Maralal, a small, arid town about an eight-hour drive north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, holds an annual camel festival, bringing together members of the Samburu, Turkana and Pokot semi-nomadic cattle-herding tribes. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    A competitor runs after his camel during a race at the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    A man holds a camel before a camel race during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    A man holds a camel before a camel race during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    People enjoy a carousel during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    People enjoy a carousel during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    Samburu tribesmen stand during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    Samburu tribesmen stand during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    A Samburu tribesman smiles as he talks to his friends at the beginning of the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    A Samburu tribesman smiles as he talks to his friends at the beginning of the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    Competitors ride racing camels during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    Competitors ride racing camels during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    Samburu tribesmen stand during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    Samburu tribesmen stand during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    A photographer holds an umbrella in front of a makeshift photo booth where he charges clients to photograph them during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    A photographer holds an umbrella in front of a makeshift photo booth where he charges clients to photograph them during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    People queue to watch a show during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    People queue to watch a show during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 16, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    Tribesmen walk in the rain during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    Tribesmen walk in the rain during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

     


    Children play with an amusement train ride during heavy rain during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
    Children play with an amusement train ride during heavy rain during the Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya, August 15, 2015. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)