It was last year’s photos of Purim in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim that may win Israeli photographer Gili Yaari the Sony World Photography Award, one of the world’s major photography competitions.

Yaari’s series, “Purim Celebrations in Jerusalem,” was shortlisted for the Professional Arts and Culture category of the competition, and was selected from 173,444 images from 171 countries.

The winners will be announced on April 23.

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The shortlisted images, taken last Purim, March 2014, shows ultra Orthodox men and boys celebrating Purim in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood.

It is one of Yaari’s favorite locations to photograph during Purim.

“Jerusalem, and Mea Shearim specifically, are just visually different,” he said. “They look and feel like a different place and that sparks an interest in the rest of the world. The combination of Purim and the costumes turns it into a kind of fantasy.”

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Yaari, a contributing photographer to Jerusalem-based photo agency Flash90, has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, le Monde, The Guardian, and Financial Times.

Yaari’s images, along with the other shortlisted photographers, will be shown at London’s Somerset House from April 24 to May 10 as a part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

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