James Morgan (b. 1986) is a multi-award winning photojournalist and filmmaker. He is based in London but works mostly across Asia, Africa and South America, shooting in depth features and advocacy campaigns for the WWF, BBC, Sunday Times, New York Times, Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, USAID and many others. James’ forward thinking approach to the production and dissemination of in-depth multimedia features began with his work on Indonesia’s last sea nomads, the images won numerous awards and continue to be published and exhibited around the world. Recent work has included an investigative report looking at the links between international terrorism and the illegal wildlife trade, a behind the scenes look at an election race in Papua New Guinea and a group of indigenous female wrestlers fighting back against discrimination in Bolivia. Having travelled to over sixty countries, James is comfortable working in any environment and can speak English, Malaysian, Spanish, Icelandic and Indonesian. James is an ambassador for underwater housing manufacturer Aquatech and represented by both Panos Pictures and Getty Images in London.
The tides turn for the umpteenth time during their fight as the theatrics continue to unfold.
Martha puts Denita into a rear naked choke during their fight at a repurposed warehouse in El Alto. Denita's plight is not helped by the fact that the referee is ludicrously biased towards her opponent.
Denita La Intocable tries to stagger to her feet during her bout with Marta La Altena. As with all wrestlers around the world, each wrestler has a good or evil persona - Denita 'The Untouchable' is one of the good guys - though that doesn't prevent her from losing her bout on this occasion.
Mariella Averanga aka 'Denita la Intocable' , stands ringside before her fight with Martha La Altena. She is 31 years of age, has one daughter. Her day job is as a shop owner
The Cholita Luchadores wrestle in the traditional clothes of the Aymara woman, which date back as far as the 17th century. Yolanda La Amorosa shows how flimsy and slippery the colourful slippers are compared to the professional boots the men wear.
Yolanda La Amorosa tangles with Mercedes La Extremista during a training session in El Alto. Yolanda recently injured her back quite seriously and had just returned to training after a 3 month hiatus.
Veteran wrestler Yolanda La Amorosa chokes relative newcomer Mercedes La Extremista against the top rope during a training session at a homemade ring on the outskirts of El Alto. The only padding is some old mattresses atop planks of wood.
Martha La Altena leaves home late on a Sunday afternoon for her fight that evening. Her sister, Maria la Maldita, an ex Lucha Libre champion, is pregnant and stays at home. She runs a small store close by. Though wrestling can bring some fame, it brings in very little money.
Martha La Altena and her sister, Maria la Maldita - real name Maria Mamani Herrera - put on earrings and make up before Martha's fight in El Alto at night. Only women from the Aymara ethnic group wear the distinctive bowler hats that were introduced in the early 1900's.
Marta La Altena adds the final touches to her wrestling costume in preparation for her Sunday night bout. Marta - real name Jenny Mamani Herrera - supplements her income from wrestling by making and selling associated paraphernalia.
An indigenous woman begs outside Iglesia de San Francisco in La Paz. La Paz has long been a place of both indigenous and gender discrimination, as well as a hotbed of revolution.
Yolanda La Amorosa launches herself at a male opponent during a training session in El Alto, a satellite city in the mountains above La Paz. In the last ten years, increasing numbers of indigenous women have been taking to the rings in the outskirts of La Paz, fighting back against the dominant culture of machismo and discrimination.