Guillem Valle – Dinka Southern Sudan

Dinka Southern Sudan - 2010

A Dinka man stands in front of his house in Akkach, South Sudan. The Dinka, the largest ethnic group in region, are an agro-pastoral people who migrate according to season. At the onset of the rainy season in May or June, they move to settlements of huts built from mud and thatch above the flood level, where they plant crops. During the dry months, beginning around December, they leave for better grazing grounds in the lowlands, living in semi-permanent shelters.

Awards: 3rd Prize Single Portraits World Press Photo 2011

Guillem Valle (b. 1983, Spain) first became interested in documentary photography in 1998, when, at the age of 14, he traveled to Sarajevo on an art-student exchange program. Finding himself with a borrowed camera in the middle of a war-torn city, he began to intuit how powerful photography could not only be a visual language, but a document too. At the age of 16, he started work as a freelance photographer, mainly for local newspapers. Since then, he has documented social issues around the world including conflict zones such as Lebanon, Kurdistan, Kosovo, Congo or Libya.

  • World Press Photo, 3rd Prize Single Portrait - 2011
  • Honourable Mention Best of Photojournalism - 2010
  • IPA Award Finalist - 2009
  • Alexia Foundation Finalist - 2010
  • 14th Gijon Award Finalist - 2010


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