The annual Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling Festival has been held in the town of Selcuk, near the western Turkish coastal city of Izmir.

Thousands of enthusiasts visit every year to watch wrestling matches between dromedary camels, bred specially for the event.

A camel beauty contest is held on the sidelines on the wrestling event.

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A man kisses Komurcu, his wrestling camel, as he prepares him for the Camel Beauty ContestReuters
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Men adorn their wrestling camel, named Adali Osman, with colourful ornaments as they prepare him for the Camel Beauty Contest ahead of the annual Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling Festival in the town of Selcuk, near the western Turkish coastal city of IzmirReuters
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Details of contestants in the camel beauty pageantReuters
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People pose with Samanyolu, winner of the Camel Beauty ContestReuters
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Handlers separate the animals after a wrestling camel is knocked down by its rival at the Pamucak arena during the Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling FestivalReuters
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Men eat while watching the Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling FestivalReuters
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A vendor sells camel sausages during the Camel Beauty Contest in Selcuk, TurkeyReuters
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Two wrestling camels fight in the Pamucak arena, watched by thousands of enthusiastsReuters
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Wishing luck at the Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling FestivalReuters