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Iraqi Kurdistan proved to be a perfect place for a passionate photographer.
When I visited the Kurdistan Region of Iraq recently, I did not know what to expect in a place vastly portrayed as dangerous in the media. Multiple things were a pleasant surprise to me in reality: I found Iraqi Kurdistan not only safe, but also one of the most welcoming countries I have ever visited.
I have already written about why I found Iraqi Kurdistan so intensely special, enough so to make me start planning my next visit soon. I have also written about practical matters of travelling in Iraqi Kurdistan, in particular the safety situation.
However, what are words without photos? I really want to show you more photos from the Kurdistan Region to inspire many of you to visit this unique part of the world. With glorious (albeit less colourful in the summer heat) landscapes, historic bazaars and locals eager to have their photo taken, Iraqi Kurdistan became one of my favourite places for photography ever.
I hope you enjoy this photographic journey through the region with me, in 40 selected photos with captions.