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MISS SOUTH SUDAN AUSTRALIA
Melbourne Showground, April 2010.
Miss South Sudan Australia is a pageant that brings together young Sudanese, both as entrants and supporters, from across Australia. Over 90% of the contestants were born in refugee camps from a community devastated by civil war. The pageant—an annual event held in Melbourne—gives these young women a chance to celebrate their beauty and culture as they forge new identities for themselves in Australia.
South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011.
FIONA MORRIS is a Sydney-based photographer. She is a contributing photographer for a number of organizations including the Sydney Morning Herald, Greenpeace Australia and Médecins Sans Frontières. She also teaches photography to marginalised and disadvantaged communities. In 1996 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the International Center for Photography in New York. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally including many award exhibitions for which her work has been selected. Fiona’s work is held in national collections including the National Library of Australia, Canberra; and the Museum of Sydney and State Library of NSW, Sydney.
The series ‘Miss South Sudan Australia’ is currently being exhibited as part of the CCP Documentary Photography Award exhibition in Melbourne, Victoria.
To view more of Fiona’s work, please visit her website.