In the summer of 2010, the Pluralism Project announced its first-ever Photography Contest to document the vibrancy of religious diversity in the United States. We received excellent photos from across the country featuring religious practices and rituals; participation of religious groups in American civic life; interfaith encounter and social action; and women’s leadership and participation in communities of faith. The photos in this slideshow feature the 2010 Pluralism Project Photography Contest winners. Congratulations to our 2010 Pluralism Project Photography Contest Grand Prize Winner, Dwight K. Morita of Kailua, Hawaii, for his entry, “Floating Lanterns,” and many thanks to all who participated in this contest.
Pluralism Project Photography Contest Winners (2010)
Floating lantern ceremony at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu, Hawaii to honor ancestors. As the sun sets in the background, small boats with Buddhist monks and church volunteers launch and shepherd the small armada of lantern ships, each inscribed with sentiments from family and friends. This traditional Buddhist practice began as a small ritual, but has since grown to become a major event attracting thousands of people of all faiths from around the world (Photo by: Dwight K. Morita) pluralism.org">On June 20, 2009, members of the Sikh Sangat Society Boston held a chhabeel celebration in Union Square in Somerville, Massachusetts to commemorate the 403rd anniversary of the death of Sikhism’s fifth guru, Guru Arvan Dev Ji. A mother and daughter wear saffron and navy blue, traditionally the most important colors in Sikhism, as they participate in this community event. (Photo by Jonathan Cox) pluralism.org">Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland,Texas, sits amidst farm fields and sprawling housing developments. The Temple's organization has existed since the 1970s. (Photo by: Joshua Fahler) pluralism.org">Four Buddhist monks participate in an interfaith service at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event was organized to support health care reform efforts by a local interfaith organization, FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity), 2011 (Photo by: Dwight K. Morita) pluralism.org">