/ 2021 / Portraiture / Culture

Patterns of Life - Karo Tribe

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Culture
  • Company
    Sarah Jenkins Photography
  • Photographer
    Sarah Jenkins
  • Credit
    sarah Jenkins

Out of the forest on the banks of a river in remote Karo tribe area in the Omo Valley Ethiopia appeared a group of Karo men and women. Their bodies and faces were painted using natural white chalk and earth coloured clays with decorative simple line and dot design patterns representing guinea fowl feathers and other animal motifs. Karo men paint their face and body to look menacing and command respect, and many carry Kalashnikov AK-47 guns to fight off any inter tribal conflicts over stealing of cattle or land issues. Karo men, women and children wear strings of beads around their necks.

Sarah is a freelance photographer who lives in Sydney Australia, but her wanderlust for travel has taken her to all corners of the globe; to 115 countries and all seven continents. She shoots travel and portrait photographs on a freelance basis. Her interest in disappearing cultures takes her to some of the more remote parts of the world. Sarah's images have been awarded international photography awards. Sarah is also the director of SignaturePhoto Photography Courses - teaching short photography courses and tours; and SignatureBook - custom designed coffee table photo books.

Awards MIFA - Gold Award professional category 2021
Tokyo TIFA - Silver Award professional category 2020, Paris PX3 Hon Mention Professional category 2020
Tokyo TIFA 2018 - Gold and 1st Place Winner (professional People category)
Paris PX3 - Bronze Award professional category 2019, 2018
MIFA - Bronze Award professional categories 2015, 2017, 2019
TIFA - Bronze Award professional category 2017, Honorable Mention Professional categories: 2 x 2016
IPA - Honorable Mention professional categories: 2014, 2015, 2 x 2016, 4 x 2017, 5 x 2018, 3 x 2019
Eyes on Asia Travel Photography Awards 2013 - Bronze Award