Photographer Brian Wytcherley found himself running up a mountain, drunk on baijiu, during a Hani-minority funeral in Yuanyang, Yunnan (云南元阳).
He followed the proceedings of the funeral, from going around the house a certain number of times in one direction and then in the other direction to hauling the casket up a mountain.
"I was drunk, and it was muddy, and I was just trying to keep up, run ahead, take pictures, and then have them pass me, take shots from behind, and then run up again."
At the top of the mountain, the casket was buried, and Brian was invited to help in the process.
"At that point I was drained, really drained, and I pretty much just crawled back down the mountain and eventually found my way back to where I was staying. That was really, really tough," he recalled.
Back at home in Chengdu, he submitted a pair of the photos he had taken at the funeral to a photo competition, which he won.
He titled the submission "Shortage of rural doctors in China's Yunnan province"—a reflection on the dearth of health care in China's rural areas.
"This is just a starting thing," he explained. "I'm planning on going back to Yuanyang and doing a further story about it because I think it is an important issue.
I'm not a super-news type of guy or anything, but it interested me so I'd like to go back and learn more about it."