August Photo Challenge: Ceremonies -- From Birth to Burial

From birth to burial, our lives are infused with ceremony. Graduations, bar mitzvahs, weddings, burials, baptisms… ceremonies like these take many forms from culture to culture.

I've been thinking about ceremony as the opening of the Beijing Olympics is coming up next week… and there's sure to be much fanfare and ceremony surrounding the Olympics all month.

So this month, focus your camera on anything of a ceremonial nature, and contribute your best shot to this month's Photo Challenge Theme: "From Birth to Burial."

Think about:

** Coming-of-age events like a first haircut…
** Obtaining that first driver's license…
** Quince años…
** First communion…
** Weddings…
** Anniversaries…
** Military events…
** Ceremonies abroad in other cultures…
** Or other ceremonial happenings in your family or local community.

As the ceremony you photograph might be unknown to others, be sure to practice your writing skills and provide a good description when you submit your photo this month.

Submissions for August's Photo Challenge are due by 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, August 25.  You can submit your photos by clicking on the "Enter to Win" tab on our website: www.thephotographerslife.com.

Look for a list of July winners in next week's Photo Tip.

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