/ 2020 / Portraiture / Culture


  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Culture
  • Photographer
    Ulana Switucha
  • Credit
    Ulana Switucha

The beauty of the Suri people and the pride with which they wear their traditions reveals their strength, individuality, and character. Living a simple life near Kibish Ethiopia, the tribe retains its customs and creative self-expression despite modern influences. Body paint made from crushed rock and creative headdresses from local flora connects the people to their land and their environment; a connection that is said to give one a long and prosperous life.

Ulana Switucha has photographed throughout Asia for over 30 years. She is inspired by light, shape and tone and is drawn by the clarity and awareness of creating an image. Her simple, often minimal, compositions present a connection with the subject whether it be landscape, portraiture or documentary.