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JUNE 2016







Please submit your favorite,

recent photograph to

be considered for Local

Lens. Images must be high

resolution (at least 300 dpi

at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger)

and must not be in print

elsewhere. Please include

a short description of the

scene/event, as well as your

name, brief biodata and

the type of camera used, to


midst the multicolored rock of Jordan’s Petra, near the famed Treasury, a Bedouin man wearing

a traditional coat starts the day with prayer. Daily devotions conducted at least five times a day

are one of the central tenets of Islam, the faith of 97 percent of Jordan’s population.

Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, has been inhabited since prehistoric

times. This rock-cut capital city of the Nabateans became a major caravan center during Hellenistic and

Roman times. The incense of Arabia, the silks of China and the spices of India all transited through this

crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and

surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. Set in a dominating red sandstone landscape,

it is one of the world’s richest and largest archaeological sites.


Alda Kauffeld is a Foreign Service spouse posted in Amman, Jordan. As an eligible family member, she works as

residential security coordinator at the embassy. The Kauffeld family has served in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Ghana and

Jordan. A professional photographer, Ms. Kauffeld was the winner of the National Photography Awards contest

in 2009, and recipient of the “Best in Show” award for the 50th Art in Embassies “Through Their Eyes” worldwide

Defense Department and State Department Photography Contest in 2012.