Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

Category A Theme “HOME”, single photo:
2nd place

Alam bandan

Saman Purkhoshamouz

Islam Repablic of Iran


My name is Saman Purkhoshamouz. I've started photography in 2010 and my main interest is documentary photography. This is the first time I've entered this contest.

Masuleh is a villlage located at Gilan, north of ​Iran. It has a very unique architecture. The houses are built on top of each other and courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Every year at the 6th of Muharram (Islamic Calendar), a traditional mourning ceremony called "Alam Bandan" happens in this historic village and all Mauleh-yis (People of Masuleh) come to their village to attend and watch this ceremony.