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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.

I'm a passionated traveler. I try to catch what amazes me in my photographs and writtings.

Awards - Selected in National Geographic's Daily Dozen (06/18/2018).
- Nikon has included a picture of mine in the NIKON CALENDAR 2020 (Month of Febrary).
- Paris PX3 Prix de la Photographie Gold 2019.
- Paris PX3 Prix de la Photografie Bronze 2018.
- 2nd place in 5th FAPA (Fine Art Photography Awards), 2019 in category Night Photography.
- Remarkable artwork in Siena International Awards Photocontest (SIPA) 2017.
- I’ve been awarded with 3 Honorable Mentions in IPA (Intl Photography Awards) 2018.
- Awarded with 3 Honorable Mentions in ND Awards (Neutral Density Photography Awards) 2018.
- Nominee in 4th FAPA (Fine Art Photography Awards), 2018 in category Street Photography.
- Nominee in 5th FAPA (Fine Art Photography Awards), 2018 in category Open Theme.
- Finalist in 2018 SIPA contest.
- Included in Magnum Photography Awards Gallery. (magnum-photography-awards-2017#competition-gallery)