I know I’m a little late in posting this, but it was a little less than a week ago when I first heard about the “International Ramadan Photography Competition 2011” From their website:
“The International Ramadan Photography Competition will showcase the skills and imagination of professional photographers around the world as they share their techniques and personal anecdotes about cultural and religious traditions during Ramadan.
Ramadan is not only considered to be the most spiritual month in the Islamic calendar but is also a time for families and friends to reunite in peace, prayer and piety. Fasting from sunrise to sunset as a form of spiritual cleansing, self-discipline and empathy for the less fortunate, Muslims during Ramadan practice tolerance, forgiveness and perform good deeds. It is in this spirit that all talented photographers are invited to share their best photography in a unique and unprecedented 30-day visual celebration that will educate and enlighten thousands of viewers around the world.
The competition is open to talented photographers around the world over the age of 18. Cash prizes will be awarded and winners will have their photos published online and in print. Subject categories include: Spiritual, Social & Everything Else. Participants are encouraged to photograph people in prayer, holy places, mosques, iftar and suhoor foods, family gatherings, or even an inspiring shot of natural beauty and landscape taken during the month of Ramadan.
To enter the competition please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a caption and the technical information as defined in the FAQs found on our official website."
Some of the pictures are just breathtaking, and if I were on the panel of judges, I’d have these as finalists:
But I’d give the photographer of this little cutie the grand prize... BEAUTIFUL!