Wind blows the hat from an ultra-Orthodox Jew during prayers on the Mount of Olives, on the eastern edge of old Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition, the Mount of Olives is connected to future events that will happen at the time of the Redemption.
Due to the holiness of the site, its proximity to the city, and its easily chiseled soft chalk, the Mount has been a burial ground since the First Temple period, which lasted from the sixth to the eighth century B.C. (Related: "4,000-Year-Old Tombs Found Near Jerusalem Mall.")
Why We Love It
"The never-ending cycle of life and death continues despite attempts to control one's fate. The overall tone, the rows of gravestones, and the man losing his hat all add to this feeling of helplessness."—Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor
"It's difficult to effectively 'fill the frame' with a wide-angle lens, but this photographer added to the power of a poignant scene by giving us a lot to look at and think about."—Chris Combs, news photo editor
"Shot with a wide lens from above, the scale of the graveyard is enhanced by the ominous gray that seems to permeate the frame."—Sarah Polger, senior photo editor