I want to thank and congratulate all who posted their fine images in this contest category. Every single image had a unique quality in portraying the theme of Cultures of the World.
The decision was extremely difficult, and basically comes down to purely personal taste in selecting a few from so many outstanding shots.
All images are clickable so that you can enjoy the full size image...
So here are the Honorable Mentions
And now for 3rd Place
We have a tie. Both shots along a similar general theme, but each so unique and beautifully captured:
honor goes to the following extraordinary image:
And The Winner is...
Any one of the three cultural portraits submitted by this person could take the top honor for this theme. Congratulations on such outstanding, sensitive work! I pass the responsibility of the next contest on to you... :~)
Thanks again to all of you for posting such a fine selection of images.