National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2013 Photo Contest

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TRAVEL PORTRAITS – Suri Smile – It took a three-day drive in rugged conditions to meet the Suri tribe. The community is nestled in one of the toughest and most remote places on Earth – the Ethiopia/Sudan border. Despite the harsh conditions, the Suri take great pride and joy in decorating their  bodies. This young Suri boy is covered in yellow and red ochre from a creek bed near our camp. These marks of distinction are used to attract women and to intimidate enemies in battle. Suri apply the paint using flowers, sticks, bottle tops and cartridge cases. Omo Valley, South West Ethiopia, Africa. (Stephanie Hunt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)#

TRAVEL PORTRAITS – Suri Smile – It took a three-day drive in rugged conditions to meet the Suri tribe. The community is nestled in one of the toughest and most remote places on Earth – the Ethiopia/Sudan border. Despite the harsh conditions, the Suri take great pride and joy in decorating their bodies. This young Suri boy is covered in yellow and red ochre from a creek bed near our camp. These marks of distinction are used to attract women and to intimidate enemies in battle. Suri apply the paint using flowers, sticks, bottle tops and cartridge cases. Omo Valley, South West Ethiopia, Africa. (Stephanie Hunt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)#