By Jason Eskenazi (USA)
HPA2006 Second Prize
Time: June, 2002
Every year more than 1000 Christian pilgrims trek across the Russian countryside for three days bringing an icon from the winter church to the summer church over 100km away. It is a very tiring journey for the young and old who take frequent rests and pray in abandoned churches along the way. This tradition has been going on for 500 years even through the Soviet era when it was done secretly through the forest.
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