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Photos: Lightning by the Caspian Coast in Northern Iran, and more!


Source: National Geographic

Here are some amazing photos of Iran published by the National Geographic magazine in 2012. Among them is a breathtaking photo of lightning by the Caspian Sea in northern Iran.

Lightning, Iran
- Photograph by AmirAli Sharifi, My Shot
National Geographic's Photo of the Day: Your Photos (August 13, 2012)
After three years I went to visit my family in Iran. We traveled to the city of Mahmood Abad in the north of Iran and had the most amazing time together. One night as I was walking on the shore of the Caspian Sea with my sister, I saw distant lightning. I ran to the hotel, grabbed my camera and tripod, and came back. I took many long exposures, but it was only in the second shot that I captured the biggest, most beautiful, and the last lightning of that night.
(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)
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women in Kaju Bridge -
Photo and caption by murat bergi
This photo is taken in Esfahan, İran in Kaju bridge. The look of one women with attractive eyes to her friend in front of the graphics of the bridge took my attention.


- Photo and caption by pooyan rouhiarmaki
Mosque in Kermanshah, Iran

Memorial, Iran
- Photograph by Mohammad Jahangir, My Shot
A man looks at the religious flags at a memorial near the Iraq border.


Central Iran
- Photograph by Matthew Blome, My Shot
This was taken in central Iran a week before the disputed election last year. You cannot help but imagine being inside the contemplative gazes of these two young girls. What future lies ahead for the next generation of Iranian women?


Nasir al-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
- Photograph by Marjana Zefran, My Shot
Reflections from colored glass at the Nasir al-Molk mosque in Shiraz, Iran


Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran
- Photograph by Musa Chowdhury, My Shot
A woman in a burka entering the Azadi Tower monument in Tehran, Iran


Market Stall, Mashhad, Iran -
Photograph by Alee Rafiee, My Shot
Reza Bazaar, Mash'had, Iran. A very special store selling different kinds of rosaries and ornaments. There is no shopping window, and you can touch everything. The store is also a workshop and the old expert man designs and makes his products in front of his customers.

And here are a couple photos taken in 1998 by the National Geographic's photographer Alexandra Avakian:

Baluchi Woman, Minab, Iran, 1998
- Photograph by Alexandra Avakian
A Baluchi woman wears a traditional red mask to conceal her features from public view. Iranian women are, in fact, among the most educated and accomplished in the Muslim world. Before the 1979 revolution 35 percent of women were literate; now the rate stands at 74 percent. In 1999, one in three Iranian physicians was a woman.
(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Iran: Testing the Waters of Reform," July 1999, National Geographic magazine)


Iranian Girls Playing -
Photograph and caption by Alexandra Avakian
Poshteh Shahvar, Iran, November 1998: Bandari girls play by a canal at the end of the day.


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