/ 2021 / Portraiture / Children

The Herder

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Children
  • Photographer
    Shyamala Thilagaratnam
  • Credit
    SHYAMALA THILAGARATNAM

This image was taken in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya. As in many parts of Kenya, Turkana boys do men's work, expertly herding their family's livestock. This young one confidently herded this large caravan of camels. It was a tad daunting lying sniper-like in the dusty river bed to get this image as these huge beasts approached.

Shyamala is a doctor specialising in Public Health at the Health Promotion Board in Singapore. Photography has been a passion since she received her first camera - a gift from an uncle - when she was 14. She enjoys all genres of photography, but particularly enjoys telling stories using images - and continually learning new techniques to support this. Photography and the day job keep her happy in equal measure.

Awards IPA (1st in categories, Honourable Mention), BIFA (Silver, Honourable Mention), TIFA (Silver, Bronze, Honourable Mention), APA (Honourable Mentions), MPA Far East (Merit Awards), RISE International Photography Awards (Bronze Awards).