Iran is a country that of late sadly only makes headlines with news of nuclear threats, human rights abuse and disputes with neighbouring countries. Yet the country has a rich cultural history and unsurpassed natural beauty. Over the centuries, Iran and Persia before it produced many important figures in arts and sciences, and the country was one of the most progressive in its region until the 1979 revolution. Due to its geographical location, on the crossroads between various cultures and religions, Iran boasts an idiosyncratic cultural heritage with an eclectic range of influences. Our photographers showcase Iran’s diverse and fascinating beauty.