|© Ali Asadi, Iran, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards|
|© Gali Tibbon, Israel, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards|
This year's contest attracted more than 122,000 entries from 170 countries. The photographs are being judged in six different competition categories, including Professional, Open, and Student Focus. Winners are scheduled to be announced in March and April.
I thought I'd feature my two favorite photographs out of the 40 that are shown on In Focus, and see if either make it to the winners' circle.
One of my favorite is by Ali Asadi of Iran. It shows an Iranian woman mourner, presumably during Ashoura, marking the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. He is one of the most revered and loved saints of Shi'a Islam. One of the rituals observed during this anniversary is for the mourners to cover themselves with mud.