Tales of the Omo Valley

PhotographerRobin Yong
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Omo Valley, Ethiopia...a place where mankind probably began. Life here has remained largely unchanged over the past few hundred years. The place appears peaceful and untouched, but in reality, life here is harsh with the tribespeople at frequent wars with neighbouring tribes over cattle grazing rights. The line between peace and war is very fine and very blurred. They can be so near to each other, yet at times appear so far from each other... Here are a few portraits of people from different tribes, all done without the use of flash, reflectors or artificial lighting...