Flowers of Ethiopia

The Surma tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia...a place where mankind (and fashion) probably began. The children and teens appear innocent and beautiful, with their ornate body paint work and exotic head decorations made of flowers. The place appears peaceful and untouched, but in reality, life here is harsh with the tribespeople at frequent wars with neighbouring tribes over cattle grazing rights. The line between peace and war is very fine and very blurred. They can be so near to each other, yet at times appear so far from each other...

  • Genres:
    Travel, People, Portraits, Fashion, Culture
  • Date Taken:
    March 5, 2016
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    Canon 5DM3
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    100mm Macro
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  • Australian Photography Magazine, April 2016
    April 30, 2016
    Winner: People's Choice Award: Travel
  • ND Awards 2016
    November 30, 2016
    Honorable Mention in People: Travel/ Culture Category
  • Alfred Fried Award 2016
    September 30, 2016
  • Travel Photographer of the Year 2016
    December 15, 2016
    Finalists in Mankind and New Talent categories
  • Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
    July 16, 2017
    Documentary Photography - Portraiture
  • International Photographer of the Year Photography Awards 2016

    3rd Prize Winner
  • CRU 2016 Photo Contest

  • 4th Queensland International Digital Circuit 2017
    Acceptance, Mt Gravatt Salon - Colour Open
Artist Biography

Robin Yong is one of Australia's newest emerging Travel Photographer who is taking the world by storm with his multi-award winning Travel Portraits. His best known work to date is 'Flowers of Ethiopia', a huge series of 200+ photos depicting the Surma Tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. In the past year alone, he has secured honorable mentions, finalist statuses, 3rd and 1st prizes in many International photo contests, including Travel Photographer of the Year, International Photographer of the Year, Alfred Fried Awards, Sienna International Photo Awards, Greek Photographic Circuit, Istanbul Photo Awards, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival etc.

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