Suri tribe from West Omo Valley, Ethiopia

  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
  • Prize
    2nd Place / People /Traditions / Culture
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    I-Chan Park portrait of body art You can find colorful design elements of lines, shapes, colors, and textures through props, accessories, and lighting effects in the posture of a model without movement. You can read the harmony, balance, unity, emphasis, and rhythm of the overall portrait.

  • Company/Studios
    Matilde Simas
  • Date of Photograph
    April 2022

The members of the Suri tribe from West Omo Valley of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and people’s Region in Ethiopia, showcase their intricate floral headpieces, lip plates and breathtaking face paint in these portraits. The ornate body paintwork and head decorations made of flowers are beautiful. The tradition of covering the body with clay probably began to protect them from the sun. The lip plate has a number of meanings. In the tribe, it's a symbol of great beauty.

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