Tribal dawn ritual of Kinavai

PhotographerKathleen Prior
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryLondon, United Kingdom
Photo Date11/07/2017
Technical InfoCanon 6D, various settings
Entry Description

Kinavai is a spiritual ritual and dance performed by the Tolai people in Papua New Guinea. It represents their journey across the ocean to New Britain island. Taking place as dawn breaks, the feared he "dukduks" and "tumbuans" (masked forest spirits) arrive from the ocean. Boys are presented by their mothers as an initiation into manhood. Their bodies are daubed with red ochre and lime power to protect them from the incarnated spirits. The event opens a day of ceremonial dancing and rituals in the town of Kokopo.

About Photographer

I am a multimedia journalist, photographer and videographer with twelve years of world news experience. Specialising in humanitarian emergencies and global development, I report on complex issues with compassion. I showcase unheard voices to tell compelling stories, passionately promoting the rights of women, children, the indigenous and the marginalised.