Some of the world's most beautiful, imposing and culturally significant buildings are dedicated to worship. From the Taj Mahal in India and the Vatican in Rome to the humblest of chapels in the middle of nowhere – they're a constant source of fascination and inspiration.
Online photography community, Photocrowd, recently set its members a challenge – to see their best photographs of these magnificent structures – inside or out, old or new, famous or unknown. Winners would be chosen by an expert judge – in this case, architectural photographer Sue Barr – and also by the actual community.
The community chose 'The Grand Mosque' by Richard Cartwright – as featured above. Meanwhile, Sue chose 'Todiji' by Scott Sim. Speaking of the photograph, she said: "This is the winning image because it is so wonderfully mysterious and evocative. I love the monochrome (well, blueish-chrome) of the colour palette. The composition is perfect, the central line leading the eye towards the back of the image. The foggy pagoda type building in the background is a perfect choice for this winning composition and the trees in silhouette add a wonderful asymmetry to the shape of the image. Overall a very sophisticated and original interpretation of the competition brief."
Main image credit: 'The Grand Mosque' by Richard Cartwright/Photocrowd.com