Curator Selection / 2021 / /

The water conflict around lake Turkana

  • Photographer
    Maurizio Di Pietro

Due to climate change in the last few decades the Turkana region, in northwest Kenya, has experienced more frequent and prolonged droughts that have reduced the pasture resources for livestock, encouraging those closest to Lake Turkana to turn to fishing as an alternative livelihood. The Turkana is a county extremely poor: communication, roads, social services, are almost non-existent, leaving those living around this area physically isolated. The proliferation of illegal arms has contributed to the escalation of conflict from different ethnic groups that compete for access to natural resource

Born in Turin, Italy in 1974. After obtaining a degree, he is working as a volunteer for some NGOs, where he had the chance to dedicate his self to photographic projects in Morocco, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Israel, and the West Bank. He prefers to work on social reportage, storytelling, and long-term projects. Between 2016 and 2017 he dedicated himself to mental disability, and in the last 3 years to the effects of climate change in Kenya.

Awards

Finalist Colga Tblisi Photo contest
Merit medal HIPA contest
Finalist Vilnius Photo Circle contest
Bronze in Editorial/Environmental of MIFA
Winner of the Closer 2018
Winner of Lucie Foundation Scholarship photo taken
Honourable Mention Monovisions Photography awards