Tree of Life Turkana

CompanyMarina Shacola Photography
PhotographerMarina Shacola
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Tracing an African tribe’s struggle to survive in the Kenyan desert. Capturing the complexities that come with ritual and tradition in a technology driven world, these images are often full of contrast. The land, dry with water is rich with oil. The people, rigorously true to tradition, and customs are often seen holding mobile phones and contemporary weapons of warfare.

About Photographer

Marina Shacola (b. 1963, Cyrpus) is a photographer living and working between Cyprus and Kenya. Working specifically within the fields of portraiture and street photography, Marina began her career as a photographer for leading lifestyle magazines in Cyrpus. More recently Shacola has focused on projects concerning humanitarian and social issues on an international level. Some of these projects include 'ATHLOS' for the Athens Olympic Games, UNHCR projects in support of refugees, ‘Just Care' concerning the challenges of children in Africa, the 'Green Room' a tribute to the children of the Makarios Children's Home in Kenya. Marina has an MBA and holds degrees in law and sociology as well as a diploma in History of Art. She is the co-founder and president of the The Sophia Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization in Cyprus, created with the scope of helping children in need in Kenya and Cyprus to change their predicament through safety, nutrition, medical care, and education.