A young Ethiopian girl walking at dawn to school in the egalitarian community of Awra Amba. Founded in 1980 by Zumra Nuru, the community is home to over 450 residents and promotes gender equality. It remains controversial within religious communities in Ethiopia, as residents don't identify with either of the countries two major religions, Islam or Christianity. 
       
     
 Amharic priests seated outside the Church of St. George offer blessings to pilgrims during Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela. Considered one of Ethiopia's most sacred cities, the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
       
     
 Pilgrims shrouded in traditional white woven cotton, walk barefoot great distances to pray among the sacred Churches during Orthodox Christmas. Many sleep on the ground outside entrance ways, or share camps in the surrounding area.
       
     
 A moment to relax, pilgrims sit along the edge of the earthen wall that surrounds the rock-hewn Church of St. George. 
       
     
 Pilgrims navigate the narrow tunnels which connect the sacred Churches of Lalibela.
       
     
 A pilgrim steadies herself as she navigates the narrow pathways within Lalibela.
       
     
 Pilgrims chat quietly near a half-filled pool of water outside the churches of Lalibela.
       
     
 The interiors of these rock-hewn Churches are small and dimly lite. Pilgrims find a spot to sit on the floor to pray or sleep as a steady stream of devotees make offerings.
       
     
 A family group of Gelada Baboons tustle with eachother as the sun rises in the Simien Mountains.
       
     
 Scouts watch over tourists exploring the Simien Mountains. They are local men who pick up work from tour guides operating out of Debark. They carry Kalishnakov's and sleep on the ground outside tourist tents, often huddle together by a small fire. 
       
     
 A man takes in the view of the Rift Valley during sunrise from the Chenneck camp at 3600m. 
       
     
 Two young members of the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia's Omo Valley stand stoically together. The community is becoming used to seeing tourists, and intentionally "dress-up" to capitalize on photo opportunities. As more tourists travel into the tribal region of the Omo Valley, the communities struggle with cultural differences. 
       
     
 Women of the Hamar tribe prepare food in celebration of a traditional manhood ceremony.
       
     
 Members of the Mursi tribe stand together for a group portrait. 
       
     
 A young Ethiopian girl walking at dawn to school in the egalitarian community of Awra Amba. Founded in 1980 by Zumra Nuru, the community is home to over 450 residents and promotes gender equality. It remains controversial within religious communities in Ethiopia, as residents don't identify with either of the countries two major religions, Islam or Christianity. 
       
     

A young Ethiopian girl walking at dawn to school in the egalitarian community of Awra Amba. Founded in 1980 by Zumra Nuru, the community is home to over 450 residents and promotes gender equality. It remains controversial within religious communities in Ethiopia, as residents don't identify with either of the countries two major religions, Islam or Christianity. 

 Amharic priests seated outside the Church of St. George offer blessings to pilgrims during Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela. Considered one of Ethiopia's most sacred cities, the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
       
     

Amharic priests seated outside the Church of St. George offer blessings to pilgrims during Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela. Considered one of Ethiopia's most sacred cities, the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

 Pilgrims shrouded in traditional white woven cotton, walk barefoot great distances to pray among the sacred Churches during Orthodox Christmas. Many sleep on the ground outside entrance ways, or share camps in the surrounding area.
       
     

Pilgrims shrouded in traditional white woven cotton, walk barefoot great distances to pray among the sacred Churches during Orthodox Christmas. Many sleep on the ground outside entrance ways, or share camps in the surrounding area.

 A moment to relax, pilgrims sit along the edge of the earthen wall that surrounds the rock-hewn Church of St. George. 
       
     

A moment to relax, pilgrims sit along the edge of the earthen wall that surrounds the rock-hewn Church of St. George. 

 Pilgrims navigate the narrow tunnels which connect the sacred Churches of Lalibela.
       
     

Pilgrims navigate the narrow tunnels which connect the sacred Churches of Lalibela.

 A pilgrim steadies herself as she navigates the narrow pathways within Lalibela.
       
     

A pilgrim steadies herself as she navigates the narrow pathways within Lalibela.

 Pilgrims chat quietly near a half-filled pool of water outside the churches of Lalibela.
       
     

Pilgrims chat quietly near a half-filled pool of water outside the churches of Lalibela.

 The interiors of these rock-hewn Churches are small and dimly lite. Pilgrims find a spot to sit on the floor to pray or sleep as a steady stream of devotees make offerings.
       
     

The interiors of these rock-hewn Churches are small and dimly lite. Pilgrims find a spot to sit on the floor to pray or sleep as a steady stream of devotees make offerings.

 A family group of Gelada Baboons tustle with eachother as the sun rises in the Simien Mountains.
       
     

A family group of Gelada Baboons tustle with eachother as the sun rises in the Simien Mountains.

 Scouts watch over tourists exploring the Simien Mountains. They are local men who pick up work from tour guides operating out of Debark. They carry Kalishnakov's and sleep on the ground outside tourist tents, often huddle together by a small fire. 
       
     

Scouts watch over tourists exploring the Simien Mountains. They are local men who pick up work from tour guides operating out of Debark. They carry Kalishnakov's and sleep on the ground outside tourist tents, often huddle together by a small fire. 

 A man takes in the view of the Rift Valley during sunrise from the Chenneck camp at 3600m. 
       
     

A man takes in the view of the Rift Valley during sunrise from the Chenneck camp at 3600m. 

 Two young members of the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia's Omo Valley stand stoically together. The community is becoming used to seeing tourists, and intentionally "dress-up" to capitalize on photo opportunities. As more tourists travel into the tribal region of the Omo Valley, the communities struggle with cultural differences. 
       
     

Two young members of the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia's Omo Valley stand stoically together. The community is becoming used to seeing tourists, and intentionally "dress-up" to capitalize on photo opportunities. As more tourists travel into the tribal region of the Omo Valley, the communities struggle with cultural differences. 

 Women of the Hamar tribe prepare food in celebration of a traditional manhood ceremony.
       
     

Women of the Hamar tribe prepare food in celebration of a traditional manhood ceremony.

 Members of the Mursi tribe stand together for a group portrait. 
       
     

Members of the Mursi tribe stand together for a group portrait.