Entry Title: "A Sacred Memories"
Name: Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi , Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Category and Expertise: Culture, Professional


Entry Description: Each year more than 20 million pilgrims travel to the city of Mashhad, some 900 kilometers east of Tehran, to visit the holy shrine of Imam Reza, the 8th Shiite Imam who was killed more than 1200 years ago. Most pilgrims from different racial and social backgrounds take pictures locally known as Pilgrim Photos to save memories of their holy trip. The main characteristic of such photos is using painted pictures of the holy shrines as backdrop. The backdrops depict the dome and the shrine as well as characters of religious folk stories as well as animals.

About the Artist:

EDUCATION Graduated in Master of Graphic design and BA graphic design The top student research for 2 years in Shahid Rajaee University in Tehran WORK EXPERIENCE Freelance Photographer started professional photography since 2009 Work with many Iranian newspaper and Iranian news agency such as Bahar newspaper, Arman newspaper, Shargh newpaper, Etemad newspaper, Iran newspaper , Mehr news agency, ... Photo critic in Shahr-ara newspaper Photo critic in Khorasan state Art department SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS Iranian living room Bursa photo festival in Bursa, Turkey 2013 Iranian living room at Fondazione 2013 Benetton Studi Ricevche in Treviso, Italy 2011: The 12th Iranian national biennial of photography. 2011: Iranian Picture of the year exhibition 2010: Iranian Picture of the year exhibition 2010: Nabze Irani Exhibition in Brazil BOOKS: Iranian living room by Fabrice/ Italy/ Documentary photography book Photo editor in a poetry book titled: Nothing is new as Death is Photo editor in a poetry book titled: Chizi inja aghaz nemishavad AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS Nominated for World Press Photo Joop Stewart Masterclass 2015 Honorable mention in EPA ( international photography award 2014)/ USA Winner in Iranian picture of the year 2010