"Proud" in Omo Valley, Ethiopia ©Christophe Lapeze
CULTURE CATEGORY WINNER
Christophe Lapeze – "Proud"
Christophe Lapeze's image of a proud Mursi woman in Ethiopia is, for us, the most evocatively told story of tribal culture in this year's selection. This particular shot stands out above the other photos in this category as a bold and strong portrayal of cultural authenticity – almost as if the woman had taken it herself.
Here, she is not being 'staged' or 'showcased' as has become the somewhat blurred norm with cultural photography. She seems to be showcasing herself, sending a bold statement of pride in her culture, and our obligation to respect it. Our refreshed sense of respect for her and her culture is what ultimately decided this photo as the winner of the Culture category.