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JULY-AUGUST 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY JENNY COBBLE

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PERNIK, BULGARIA

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

locallens@afsa.org.

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s we stepped out of our car, we heard the bells. The air was filled with excitement and the smell

of homemade Bulgarian banitsa, donuts and grilling meat! There is nothing quite like a Kukeri

Festival, and the most famous of all is the Surva Festival of Masquerade Games in Pernik. More

than 5,000 performers from all over Bulgaria and a dozen other countries gather together yearly

for this colorful, fearsome display of Bulgarian folklore intended to dispel spirits that might otherwise bring

loshotiya

, or ill fortune, to a community. Their performances and costumes can also win them coveted

awards and prizes.

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Jenny Cobble is the spouse of Terry Cobble, RSO Sofia. Bulgaria is an amazing place for photographers, she says. There

is no other beauty like it! With four seasons, pristine lakes, endless forests, the Black Sea, majestic mountains and strik-

ing historical sights to visit, the choices are endless for photography trips. She took this photo with a Nikon D810.