Yassi and her friend take a cab to an opening reception at a gallery in northern Tehran. Even though being bold and eye-catching is always a factor that concerns the morality police, many girls choose to put on bright lipstick and wear distinctive fashion. Tehran, Iran, Nov. 24, 2011.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

timelightbox: “ PHOTO: KIANA HAYERI Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards “It’s not just an accolade. It’s a motivational award too.

A Syrian Kurdish family waits to be taken to a Turkish shelter after fleeing shelling in Yumurtalik, Turkey.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

A Syrian Kurdish mother and her children waited to be taken to a Turkish shelter after fleeing shelling from Islamic State forces in Yumurtalik, Turkey. (Photo: Bryan Denton for The New York Times)

Despite the rules that women are not allowed to swim in public, even fully clothed, Sheida and Behnoosh escape the hot and humid night and hit the Caspian Sea with their manteaus and scarves on. They were kicked out of the beach for breaking the rules by the guards shortly after. Mazandaran, Iran, July 14, 2010.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Your Veil is a Battle Ground - Iranian photographer Kiana Hayeri returned to Iran to capture the lives of women and young Iranians as they try to live within restrictive morality laws.

Lola and a friend share a bed passed out after a night out. Ashamed from her visible beard and rough skin, Lola covers her face with a scarf. Lola, formerly known as Amir, is an Iranian transgender waiting for her refugee status in turkey. Izmir, Turkey, Aug. 17, 2014.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Lola and a friend share a bed passed out after a night out. Ashamed from her visible beard and rough skin, Lola covers her face with a scarf. Lola, formerly known as Amir, is an Iranian transgender waiting for her refugee status in turkey. Izmir, Turkey, Aug. 17, 2014.

Lola's painted finger nails rest on her lap. Stranded by closed culture and unfriendly attitude of Turkish locals in small town of Denizli, Amir started to dress up as a woman, enjoying a bit of more freedom while exploring his sexuality in ways that he had not explored before. He adopted the name Lola and dresses like a woman for most parts. Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 15, 2014.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Lola's painted finger nails rest on her lap. Stranded by closed culture and unfriendly attitude of Turkish locals in small town of Denizli, Amir started to dress up as a woman, enjoying a bit of more freedom while exploring his sexuality in ways that he had not explored before. He adopted the name Lola and dresses like a woman for most parts. Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 15, 2014.

At the Grand Bazar, a clothing store sells fashion and clothing imported from Turkey, which has got more difficult and more expensive, making it hard to compete with locally made fashion goods. Tehran, Iran, Nov. 18, 2013.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

At the Grand Bazar, a clothing store sells fashion and clothing imported from Turkey, which has got more difficult and more expensive, making it hard to compete with locally made fashion goods. Tehran, Iran, Nov. 18, 2013.

Mozhdeh, 15, and her eight year old brother spend time in their cabin on the TransAsia train that goes from Tehran to Ankara. They are both equally saddened and confused by their parents' decision to flee the country and become refugees in Turkey. Eastern Azerbaijan, Iran, April 4, 2013.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Mozhdeh, 15, and her eight year old brother spend time in their cabin on the TransAsia train that goes from Tehran to Ankara. They are both equally saddened and confused by their parents' decision to flee the country and become refugees in Turkey. Eastern Azerbaijan, Iran, April 4, 2013.

Sayed Mohammad Sultani, left, examines pelts brought in by middle men who procure them from shepherds in Northern Afghanistan. Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, 2015.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Sayed Mohammad Sultani, left, examines pelts brought in by middle men who procure them from shepherds in Northern Afghanistan. Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan,

Sayed Mohammad Sultani, left, examines pelts brought in by middle men who procure them from shepherds in Northern Afghanistan. Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, 2015.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Sayed Mohammad Sultani, left, examines pelts brought in by middle men who procure them from shepherds in Northern Afghanistan. Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan,

Rebels warm themselves by a fire early in the morning near the Ras Lanuf oil refinery.

Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri Win Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Rebels warm themselves by a fire early in the morning near the Ras Lanuf oil refinery.


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