Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has announced the twelve winning entries of its annual photo competition. The winning photograph by Magda Zelewska is a stunning portrait of a Dani tribesman in West Papua – which appears on the cover of Survival’s 2017 “We, the People” Calendar.
The winning entries give an insight into tribal peoples’ ways of life that are largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse. The photographs feature tribal peoples from around the world – including many who Survival work with.
The eleven runners-up, whose pictures also appear in Survival’s 2017 Calendar are: Simon Morris – photo of Nenets, Siberia, Forest Woodward – photo of Bushmen, Botswana, Robert Stuzinski – photo of K’iche Maya, Guatemala, Alice Kohler – photo of Muravi Asurini, Brazil, Tessa Bunney – photo of Brokpa, Bhutan, Nguyen Van Long – photo of H’Mong, Vietnam, Giordano Cipriani – photo of Suri, Ethiopia, Luigi Repetto – photo of Yanomami, Brazil, Nacho Alvarez – photo of Dong, China, Paolo Ronc – photo of Afar, Ethiopia and Mathias Spaliviero – photo of Tucano, Brazil.
Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the competition called for entries in the categories of guardians, community and survival, and aims to celebrate photography as a powerful medium for raising awareness of tribal peoples.
The judging panel included Survival’s Director Stephen Corry, Survival Italy Coordinator Francesca Casella, The Little Black Gallery’s Co-founder Ghislain Pascal, and Max Hougthon, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the London College of Communication.
Stephen Corry, Director of Survival said: “Powerful images have always been at the heart of our fight for tribal peoples’ rights. We are delighted to have had so many strong entries this year, and hope that they will help energize people to get behind our mission.”
Survival International was founded in 1969 following an article by Norman Lewis in the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine about the genocide of Brazilian Indians, which featured powerful images from the acclaimed photographer Don McCullin.