21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

In the OMO Valley there are about fifteen ethnic groups that still live in an ancestral way, with solidly rooted uses and customs. The Mursi are nomadic shepherds who move in search of water and pastures for their livestock both in the rainy and in the dry season. This is an ethnic group of brave and fierce warriors and it's necessary to be escorted by armed rangers to meet them. This young Mursi girl hugs her mom and looks at me with her deep and intense eyes.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Jinka, Ethiopia
Camera: NIKON Z 6
Copyright: © Jacopo Maria Della Valle