Photograph by Alexandra Avakian
Armed with cell phones, social media, and sometimes just sheer determination, youth from North Africa to the Middle East are struggling to take ownership of their future.
See images submitted to My Shot of the people, landscapes, and cities that make the Middle East such a beautiful and historic region of the world.
A glorious past inspires a conflicted nation. Learn how ancient Persia evolved into the modern Islamic Republic of Iran.
See photos of sights along Marco Polo’s journey across Asia (including Iran, China, India, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.
2015 Traveler Photo Contest
Explore the submissions, share your favorites, and check back for the winning images.