/ 2020 / Portraiture / Culture

The Surma women

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art/People
  • Photographer
    SERGIO GALAN SANCHIS
  • Credit
    SERGIO GALAN SANCHIS

This is a series of portraits of Surma women in their village.
The Surma or Suri are an ethnic group of the Southern Nations of Ethiopia. Part of them live in South Sudan.The Surma decorate their bodies with corporals paintings, every sort of elements and with scarification, as an expression of creativity, and a distinctive linked with the group they belong to. But the most characteristic beauty item in Surma people is the insertion of a clay plate in ears and lips, in order to show beauty and get married. The large the plate is more beautiful is the bride and more expensive is the dowry.

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Awards –National Geographic’s Daily Dozen (06/18/2018)
–NIKON Calendar 2020 (Month of February)
– Included in Magnum Photography Awards Gallery 2017
– Paris PX3 Prix de la Photographie: 1 Gold in 2019, 2020; 1 Bronze in 2020, 2018; Honorable Mention in 2020, STATE of the WORLD
– Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA): 2nd place in 2019, 3 Nominee in 2020, 1 in 2019, 1 in 2018
– ND Awards (Neutral Density Photography Awards) : 3rd place 2020; 5 Honorable Mentions in ND Awards 2020, 3 in 2018
– International Photography Awards (IPA): 3 Honorable Mentions in 2019, 1 in 2020.
– Siena International Awards Photocontest (SIPA): Remarkable artwork in 2017. Finalist in 2018, 2020.
– International Photographer of the Year Awards (IPOTY): 3 honorable mentions in 2017
– Monochrome Photography Awards: 2 honorable mentions in 2020
– Wildlife Photographer of the year (WLPY): Final round in 2015, 2018, 2020.
– Asférico Photocontest: Final round in 2018.